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Lauritzen Gardens

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Year Founded:
Local Leader / Exec. Director:
John Newman
Main Address:
100 Bancroft Street
Omaha, NE 68108

What We Do

As Omaha's premier botanical center and garden resource, Lauritzen Gardens encompasses more than 100 acres of horticultural displays on rolling bluffs overlooking the Missouri River. The garden provides a serene setting for the study, preservation, and propagation of some of the region's most precious natural resources and native flora. As the garden matures, it remains dedicated to the collection, cultivation, and display of a wide range of plants for the enjoyment and education of the community. It is a place where plants can be studied seriously by horticulture enthusiasts and a living laboratory for formal and informal education about the importance and beauty of the natural world.

In 2021, Lauritzen Gardens celebrated its 20th anniversary as a fully operational botanical institution. In those two decades, our organization has grown to include more than 20 distinct outdoor gardens and the Marjorie K. Daugherty Conservatory. We adhere to a three-fold mission of botanical display, education and conservation: the foundational elements of any successful public garden. In 2019, Lauritzen Gardens set new records in annual attendance (277,101 visitors), memberships (14,193 households), and educational program attendance (39,152 participants). We are committed to serving a diverse audience with a growing emphasis on families with young children.

For two decades, Lauritzen Gardens has collaborated with school districts throughout the Omaha metro area to offer field trips that provide valuable hands-on learning experiences for students and supplement teachers' classroom instruction. We are committed to providing free admission and subsidized bus transportation for local youth, particularly those from underserved communities. The garden has worked closely with the OPS Department of Curriculum and Learning to align our programs with science curriculum standards at every grade level from K-12.

Lauritzen Gardens is a participating institution in the Center for Plant Conservation, a coalition of the nation's leading botanical institutions working to prevent the extinction of America's endangered plants. Our conservation work is focused on the Great Plains region where more than 100 plants are in danger of becoming extinct in their native habitat.

Interesting Info

Lauritzen Gardens was recently named the 2022 Best Attraction in Douglas County by the Omaha Metropolitan Area Tourism Awards.
Fifty-seven species of butterflies and more than 100 species of birds have been identified at Lauritzen Gardens.
On May 13, 2022, we reopened our Japanese park with several new features including a karesansui (dry rock garden), zig-zag boardwalk, and two torii gates.

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Volunteer Opportunities

Keep Us Growing! Find your volunteer fit with us!
Repeats every day until Sat Apr 08 2023.
Wednesday, July 6th, 2022
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Volunteer Garden Educator
Repeats every week on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday until Sat Apr 08 2023.
Wednesday, July 6th, 2022
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Upcoming Events

Leashes at Lauritzen July 11, 2022 - 5:00pm to 8:00pm Read more »
Leashes at Lauritzen August 1, 2022 - 5:00pm to 8:00pm Read more »
Leashes at Lauritzen August 8, 2022 - 5:00pm to 8:00pm Read more »
StoryWalk® - Acorn to Oak Tree August 16, 2022 - 9:00am to September 30, 2022 - 5:00pm Read more »
Leashes at Lauritzen September 5, 2022 - 5:00pm to 8:00pm Read more »
All-European Show and Shine September 11, 2022 - 12:00pm to 3:00pm Read more »
Leashes at Lauritzen September 12, 2022 - 5:00pm to 8:00pm Read more »
Leashes at Lauritzen October 3, 2022 - 5:00pm to 8:00pm Read more »
Leashes at Lauritzen October 10, 2022 - 5:00pm to 8:00pm Read more »

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