COVID-19 Update

March 20, 2020 Update

Dear Friends of Jenkins,

In accordance with Governor Wolf’s announcement on March 19, 2020, we will be closing the garden gates at Jenkins Arboretum & Gardens until further notice. We will also be cancelling all programs through the end of April and will be issuing refunds to all registrants.

While we eagerly wait for the time when we can welcome visitors back to the Arboretum, we will be sharing more of the beauty of Jenkins through social media. The gardens are changing daily with the emergence of spring, and we want to be sure our friends and neighbors don’t miss a bud, bloom, or birdsong. Be sure to follow @JAGardens on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

We are also busy working on resources to help you connect with nature in your own backyard, neighborhood, or balcony. Make sure you are signed up for our email list to receive activities such as mindfulness walks, nature bingo for kids, weekly garden to-do lists, and so much more. And if you have a great idea for a resource or activity – let us know by emailing

There will be times when we feel overwhelmed in this next season. We will feel anxious, uncertain, and even afraid. During those times, we encourage you to take a moment to step outside and connect with the living world around you. Pause to listen for a birdsong, look for an emerging leaf, feel the sun, and remember these words from Anne Frank:

“The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quiet, alone with the heavens, nature and God. Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be.”

Be well – we hope to see you soon,

The Jenkins Arboretum & Gardens Family

PS   The majority of our funding here at Jenkins Arboretum & Gardens comes from you – our friends and neighbors. If you have been refreshed or inspired by the gardens, or any of the programs and events we host, please let us know by supporting us with a contribution. Your gift of any amount will help us fulfill our mission to connect people of all ages to nature. Click here to make a contribution.