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Frequently Asked Questions

At the end of North First Avenue on Wausau’s West side, near the intersection of North First Avenue and Campus Drive. The site address is 1800 N. First Ave.

The land was donated in 2003 by the Robert W. Monk, who had the vision of an educational community botanical garden.

Just under 30 acres.

Several finished themed gardens, a kitchen garden, potager, treehouse, yurt, and a mile of accessible trails. We also offer a variety of programs and events for all ages.

Yes. They must be leashed and picked up after.

Every day March 15th-September 30th 7am-7pm and October 1st-March 14th 7:30am-4:30pm.  We occasionally close for events so please check our Event Calendar for updates.

The door with the “Enter” sign on it will be unlocked during our open hours, simply turn the handle downward and pull to open. This door automatically locks during our closed hours. You are welcome to visit any day of the week to snowshoe, cross country ski, walk, run, or just enjoy the gardens. No biking or skateboarding.

No. Admission is always free but donations (suggested $5 ea.) are appreciated.

The Gardens’ Executive Director, staff and Board of Directors is responsible for managing the garden and helping the community realize the dream of a first-rate botanical garden in Central Wisconsin. Over 100 volunteers help to maintain the grounds along with a variety of volunteer positions.  

In many ways. We need volunteers to help staff at our events, maintain the garden grounds, and support our community workdays. Others serve on our various committees. Contributions from area foundations and businesses, individuals and families, are helping us meet our capital and annual needs as we develop the Gardens. Become a Member.  Visit our donation, volunteer, or membership pages to learn more.

Most of our trails are accessible via wheelchair. We have many benches along all trails to rest and recover. We currently do not have any wheelchairs available but can accommodate three people during any of our tours or events via a golf cart. To reserve this service please call 715-261-6309. 

Learn about the Monk Botanical Gardens’ impact on our community by visiting Our Impact page.