Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum is a volunteer nonprofit conservancy whose mission is to preserve Laurelwood Arboretum as an oasis for the enjoyment of nature and to provide opportunities for environmental awareness through educational programs, community involvement and outreach activities.

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To connect people with nature.

Core Values

  • Stewardship — Commitment to the conservation of this treasured oasis for present and future generations
  • Environmental Education — Engaging the public through workshops, programs and activities
  • Horticulture — Pursuing excellence in landscape design and horticultural practices
  • Teamwork — Realizing our mission through the cooperative efforts of the Board of Directors, staff, volunteers, Wayne Township officials and employees, community organizations and members of the public.
  • Leadership — Cultivating emerging leaders.
  • Community — Promoting involvement through membership, volunteering, events, programs, tours, social media and outreach.
  • Financial Responsibility — Ensuring the future of Laurelwood Arboretum through effective fiscal management and fundraising initiatives.
  • Organizational Excellence and integrity — Commitment to the highest standards of professional conduct.

Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum was incorporated in 2003 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

The Board of Directors oversees the activities of more than 200 volunteers, who contribute more than 10,000 hours of work in the arboretum each year. Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum is funded by membership dues, plant sales, grants and donations from individuals and businesses.

In 2007, a partnership was formed between Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum and the Township of Wayne. Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum assumed responsibility for maintaining and improving the arboretum’s horticultural inheritance. This includes managing designated public funds and Laurelwood’s employees and planning a variety of educational programs and activities for the community.

For more information and to join go to our Join/Renew page or contact us through or 973-831-5675.

To donate go to our donate page or contact us at or or 973-831-5675.

Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum Board of Directors

Executive Committee

Linda Ransom

Bill Lauber

David Kooistra
1st Vice President

Robin Abrett
2nd Vice President

Nancy Shimmel
Recording Secretary

Board Members

John Hegranes
Margaret Kerstner
William Mains
Georgette Moesch
Lourdes Osorio
Carol Palmer-Yomtov
Mary Jo Sichak

Board Attorney

Stuart Reiser, Esq.

Executive Director

Elaine Fogerty

Advisory Council

Joseph DiGiacomo
Dr. Alexander Fitzburgh
Andrew Lawn
James McHugh
Elizabeth Montagne

Honorary Board

(retiring board members)
Ruth Hayden
Bonnie Joachim
James McHugh
Sara McHugh
Alice Moskowitz
Richard Wild

Board Calendar