The Woodland Arboretum Foundation

About the Woodland Arboretum Foundation

Birds Nest SpruceThe Woodland Cemetery Association of Dayton was Chartered in 1841 by the Ohio Legislature as a non-profit cemetery association with the purpose of operating Woodland Cemetery. Prominent Dayton community leaders were the original shareholders (See the History of Woodland, published in 1991) and their shares have been passed down from generation to generation. Shareholders elect a Board of Trustees who serve as volunteers and oversee cemetery operations.

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In  1991, the Trustees authorized the formation of the "Woodland Arboretum Foundation" and sought and received 501(c)3 tax exempt status for it from the IRS. It's purpose is to seek and receive gifts and donations in order to fund and accomplish historic restorations, beautification projects, tree and vegetation classification, mapping and signage, and cultural events at Historic Woodland Cemetery.


We are excited to say that 2011 was a "watershed " year in the history of Woodland s Arboretum Foundation. We are also proud to tell you that the funds from the Arboretum Foundation permitted the foundation to accomplish the following:

  • Trees: For the last two years we have chemically treated 182 ash trees to resist the Emerald Ash Borer blight, and planted 62 new trees. Most of the parks and cemeteries surrounding us have had major infestations and are losing thousands of trees. So far, we have no trees infested. Plus, we initiated an Adopt a Tree program and have planted 52 new trees all over the grounds. The Arboretum survives due to donations.
  • $10,000 Grant Received: We are proud to report that the Foundation successfully commissioned our historic architects to apply for a grant from the National Trust for Historic Preservation. These funds need to be matched by donors or returned; efforts are now underway in order to secure the matching funds needed for our Tiffany Chapel restoration project.
  • National Register Historic District Application: Membership dues were also used, in part, to fund the research and writing costs associated with our application to place part of our Historic District -the 105 acres that comprised Woodland in 1912- on the National Register of Historic Places. The application was successfully approved on November 22, 2011.
  • Tours and Events: One of the missions of the Arboretum Foundation is to educate the public about Woodland and its history. While we are proud to say that we have nearly 40 trained Tour Guides and Speakers, we are always welcoming more Volunteers. Woodland Volunteers conduct over 130 tours, events and speaking engagements annually, and this number is growing. We host thousands of guests every year who seek beauty, history, art, exercise and knowledge. Please join us in hosting these guests as a Volunteer.

    The mission of the Foundation, which is to Restore, Preserve and Educate, is important--even noble, work. Your support is vitally important in the continuation of these initiatives. Volunteer your time -and/or- become a member. Thank you in advance.

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    Dayton, OH 45409-2892

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