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 remains open as a sanctuary of peace and natural beauty during these difficulties. This is in accordance with County of Los Angeles policy allowing botanic gardens to be open currently. As health experts have stated, outdoor walks in the natural world, observing social distancing of 6 feet, wearing masks, and taking all other precautions, are restorative and therapeutic during times of stress.
Arboretum staff have developed protocols for safely admitting visitors as they enter our 127 acres, where broad roads and large landscapes accommodate distancing requirements. Also, we are limiting the numbers of visitors admitted through online ticket sales only, to maintain appropriate distancing.
We are requesting that visitors observe these practices:
• Visitors, except children under 2, are always required to wear masks or face coverings in the garden.
• Please stay 6 ft from visitors not in your household.
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 and the Centers for Disease Control, as well as medical experts who are assisting the County Parks and Recreation Department.
Based on their guidance, the Queen Anne Cottage, Coach Barn, 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.
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