Tribute Giving

Honor the ones you love by making a tribute gift to the Houston Arboretum & Nature Center. The Houston Arboretum & Nature Center is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Donations are tax-deductible.

Please note – the Donor Boardwalk Plank program ended December 31, 2019. If you are looking for another way to honor or memorialize a loved one, please see the options below.

Buttonbush Tribute Boardwalk Plank

Honor or remember a loved one with an engraved plank on our new Buttonbush Trail, which winds through one of the Arboretum’s beautiful wetlands. Planks are $1,200 and will accommodate two lines of 42 characters of text each (including spaces and punctuation).

For more information or if you have questions about your plank, please email Keely Everett at

Purchase a Plank Online

Commemorative Bench

A tribute bench at the Arboretum is the perfect way to honor or remember a loved one. We have a limited number of spots available for benches overlooking our new ponds and trails.

Bench Pricing:
$2,500 – standard bench (4 foot teak bench, includes a plaque with text of your choice)
$3,500 – long bench (5 foot teak bench, includes a plaque with text of your choice)

Due to lumber shortages and shipping delays across the country, tribute benches are taking a significant amount of time to arrive at the Arboretum. Please contact Keely Everett before ordering if you have a specific deadline for your bench

Purchase a Bench Online

Your bench purchase includes a complimentary one year Individual Membership to the Arboretum.

Please email Keely Everett at to confirm bench placement and plaque text, or if you have questions about your bench.

Tribute Program

The Nature Center accepts monetary donations in any amount to honor or memorialize an individual.  Both the recipient and donor will be acknowledged. We will notify your special person or that person’s family with a card or letter informing them of your tribute gift.

To honor that special someone now, use our online donation form. For more information regarding the Tribute Gift Program, please email Keely Everett.