Photography Policy

Portrait sessions conducted by professional photographers require a reservation.  All photographers must abide by University and Arboretum polices or they will be asked to leave.  Repeat offenders may be barred from the premises.

Reservations are not required for nature photography or amateur photography.  If you are being paid to take photographs, want to make sure a particular location is available, or want to set up props, please make a reservation.  If you are in doubt, please make a reservation.  Fees are kept low and can be waived for certain groups.

Please see our reservation policy for more information.  If you are interested in an annual pass at a reduced rate, please contact us at

Reservations and Tours

The Arboretum is available for events!  This process applies to parties, weddings, professional portrait sessions, field trips, tours, and all other events.

Please read the rental agreement and look at the rental rates for more information. Send in your rental request to begin the reservation process.

The University of Alabama Arboretum may be reserved for University and private events. “Other than uses for casual recreational or social activities, reservations must be made for the use of buildings and grounds under the control of the University, including University sidewalks (an “Event”) (Section B., University of Alabama Facilities and Grounds Use Policy).

The conduct of these events should comply with the policies of The University of Alabama and The University of Alabama Arboretum. The event will be scheduled at the discretion of the Arboretum Director, with consideration for the ecological integrity of the Arboretum and priority given to events related to its mission, academic classes, outreach programs, and other University of Alabama sponsored groups.

Pet Policy

Please be mindful that the Arboretum is botanical institution and nature preserve, not a dog park.  Our first priority is the protection of plants and wildlife.  Most botanical gardens and arboreta do not allow pets due to the damage they can cause.  You can keep the Arboretum pet-friendly by following the laws and policies below.

Tuscaloosa municipal code and university policy require all dogs to be leashed and for owners to clean up their waste.  Please keep dogs on trails and do not allow them to dig, chase wildlife, or urinate on plants.

If you see an unleashed dog please report it to UA Facilities Maintenance by calling the Customer Service Center at 205-348-6001.  Tuscaloosa Animal Control can be reached at 205-248-5800.  For emergency assistance, please contact UAPD at 205-348-5454.  Dangerous animals or individuals that refuse to comply should be reported to UAPD.

Violators of this policy will be asked to leave and may be ticketed.  Repeat offenders may be barred from the Arboretum.