Staying Safe at the Arboretum
Dear Arboretum Community,
As circumstances rapidly change, I provide this update. Fully observing all safety precautions for guests and staff, the Arboretum landscape does remain open as a sanctuary of peace and natural beauty during these difficulties. This is in accordance with County of Los Angeles policy allowing outdoor parks to be open at this time. As health experts have stated, outdoor walks in the natural world, observing social distancing of 6 feet and all other precautions, are restorative and therapeutic during times of stress. As required, all indoor space activities and organized gatherings have been cancelled. Also, we are limiting the numbers of visitors admitted through online sales only, to maintain appropriate distancing. Visitors, except children under 2, are required to wear masks or face coverings at all times while in the garden. Arboretum staff have developed protocols for safely admitting visitors as they enter our 127 acres, where broad roads and large landscapes accommodate distancing requirements. We are honored to serve our community and hope to remain open as long as conditions allow.
Please know that we are committed to protecting the health of our visitors in the wake of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. We are closely monitoring the advice of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control, as well as medical experts who are assisting the County Parks and Recreation Department.
The Arboretum is closed Mother’s Day, May 10.
Based on their guidance, we have cancelled all remaining programs and events until further notice and the Arboretum Library and Gift Shop are closed. The tram service, walking tours, guided school tours and Santa Anita Depot Tours are suspended until further notice. Please click here for more information.
Circumstances may quickly change, but for now, our gardens and landscape will remain open. We are requesting that visitors observe these practices:
• Stay at home when sick and seek medical attention when needed.
• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
• Cough into a tissue and immediately dispose of it.
• Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
• Avoid shaking hands and instead use an alternative greeting protocol.
• Practice social distancing of 6 feet.
We will continue to respond to any changing needs to protect your health and safety. Updates will be posted on our website. Through these difficult times, we will do all that we can to preserve the Arboretum as a safe place of beauty, peace and respite.
CEO, Los Angeles County Arboretum