Why join the Friends?

We need your help! Support the Friends of the National Arboretum Canberra and help us grow the National Arboretum Canberra. You can make a difference by making a donation, becoming a member or volunteering to help.

By becoming a member you will learn about the National Arboretum Canberra project through the quarterly newsletter, special events and special interest groups. You will be kept up to date with development at the Arboretum and be able to share this knowledge with others in the community.

Renew Membership?

Past and Current Members can renew at any time. If your membership has not yet expired, renewing will extend your current membership.  If you have any questions about your membership, please contact us.


Benefits of becoming a Member

Gift Shop Discount

Receive a 10% discount in the Village Centre at the Arboretum Café and the Curatoreum gift shop by showing your Friends' membership card.  NB - Cards are not transferable.

Friends' Parking Pass

Ability to purchase an annual parking pass for the National Arboretum Canberra.

Friends' Newsletter

Regular quarterly Friends' Newsletters - colourful and newsy - and information available through our website, through our Facebook page and emails


The opportunity to become involved in a number of volunteer opportunities including guiding, helping in the forests in regular working bees, getting involved in research projects


All training to become Arboretum Guides, Bonsai Explainers, Meet & Greeters is provided by the Friends and includes insurance cover.

Additional discounts

Access to discounts on selected events at the other iconic institutions (provided through our membership of Friends around the Lake)

Membership Pricing

The following membership categories are available for one or two years:


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  • 2 years $80


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  • 2 years $180

We also have Business Membership available starting from $500 per year.

Friends' Volunteers

The Friends' support the Arboretum in many ways such as volunteering in a range of activities. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer for the Arboretum please be in touch with their Community Engagement Officer on or 6207 9347.


Receive training and provide guiding services at the Arboretum.

Bonsai Explainers

Assist visitors to learn about the National Bonsai and Penjing Collection of Australia.

Meet & Greeters

Welcome visitors at special events.

Working bees

Regular maintenance working bees occur bi-weekly.

Research projects

Be involved with tree monitoring, Frogwatch, bird surveys or site history.

Harvesting Friends

Manage harvesting at the Arboretum and develop products e.g. jams to be sold at the Arboretum shop.

Event volunteering

Help with events like the Arboretum's Community Festival, Australian National Botanic Garden's Day, school holiday and seasonal events

And more...

Warm Trees

More than 200 knitters provide knitting for our annual winter art installation on display during July/August.


Each year the Friends develop a special program for spring season to compliment Floriade - get involved with this fantastic event.

Frequently asked Questions

To join you can choose one of the following options. You can purchase your membership from the Friends' Shop. Alternatively, send a cheque to the relevant value with your name, address, email address and phone number to: The Secretary, Friends of the National Arboretum Canberra Inc., PO Box 48, Campbell ACT 2612. Or you can pay by direct deposit to: WESTPAC, Petrie Plaza, Canberra ACT, Account—Friends of the National Arboretum Canberra Inc., BSB No. 032719 Account No. 375379. Include your name so your payment can be tracked and let our Secretary know by email to

The Friends currently provide annual memberships and also offer multiple year memberships. You'll receive an email reminder a few weeks before your membership falls due. If you need to check the status of your membership you can login to your account and view your Profile. If you have forgotten your username or password, these can be easily retrieved by clicking on the "Forgot your password?" link on the Login page
To view your account, from the top menu, click on the “My Account" button.  After you successfully login, you’ll enter the Members only area.  To view your membership status, and/or update your details, click on My Account and then the My Profile section.  You can check your details and change some personal information.  If there is any information on this screen which is incorrect and you cannot change it, please contact our Secretary on

If you have forgotten your username or password, these can be easily retreived by clicking on the "Forgot your password?" link on the Login page. You'll receive an email with your username and password reset instructions.

Single, Single-Plus, Household, Household-Plus, Concession, or Club/school/organisation - for 1 or 2 years.

Yes, the Friends issue numbered membership cards. Membership cards are sent to members when they purchase a membership.

An annual discounted parking pass is available in our online shop to members of the Friends. Each parking voucher is for one vehicle only and must only be displayed in the vehicle having the registration number displayed on the card. Please read the instructions on the reverse of the card. The Friends produce these parking vouchers on behalf of the ACT Government. All revenue from parking vouchers is forwarded to the Arboretum. Parking revenue generally is used for Arboretum projects.

You are required to present your card to obtain benefits.If you've lost your card, please contact us

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