The cemetery and arboretum are open daily for self-guided tours. Joggers, dog walkers, bicyclists and birders are all welcome to enjoy its nearly 200 acres of natural beauty which include 2,600 majestic trees comprised of over 100 different species. The grounds are a resource for the living, where visitors can enjoy a peaceful lake, soothing fountains, and glimpses of wildlife.

It’s official

Milwaukee’s First Accredited Arboretum

Forest Home Cemetery & Arboretum was designated as Milwaukee’s first accredited arboretum in 2021. Designed by Increase A. Lapham, Wisconsin’s first naturalist, it became Milwaukee first landscaped park-like space before the Milwaukee parks system existed. Forest Home Cemetery & Arboretum received accreditation as a Level II arboretum from ArbNet. This means that the cemetery has met the requirements of having over 100 labeled trees, paid management, public access and enhanced educational programs. Other arboreta exist in Milwaukee already, but this is the first to receive official accreditation.

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nearly 200 acres of natural old-growth beauty

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species of labeled trees

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trees, including oak, maple, and more

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Experience the Arboretum through a Public, Private or Self-Guided tour.

Public Tours are available at Forest Home Cemetery

Public Tours

From beer barons to “Not so Famous, but Interesting People” Forest Home Cemetery & Arboretum offers a wide variety public tours from June through September. Advanced registration is required, as space is limited.

Schedule & Tickets
Photo of a private tour at Forest Home Cemetery

Private Tours & Speakers

Want a deeper understanding of the Civil War, women of influence, and more? Immerse yourself in private guided tours and engaging speakers throughout the year.

Private Tour Information

Self-Guided Tour

We’ve developed a guide for guests to visit Forest Home & Arboretum at their leisure for self-guided walking tours. Dogs, bikes, picnics and relaxation are welcome.

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