Mission & History

Mission & History

Our mission is to nurture connections between plants and people, past and present, in an inspiring natural setting that invites discovery.

A dream, gently tucked away on the east side of Sioux Falls: When Mary Jo Wegner first walked this serene 145-acre plot, she found a historic wonder blossoming with colorful remnants, stone quarries, rail lines, building foundations, and more. At that moment in her vivid imagination, something magical began to grow.

The city of Sioux Falls recognized the site's historic and cultural relevance. They planted the seed. It was Mary Jo, and dreamers like her, who nurtured the seed into the grand vision which inspires this preservation effort.

The Arboretum will educate people of all ages on the natural history of our area, and provide economic development as Sioux Falls becomes an even more attractive place to live and work.

We have been building for the past six years and are excited to share our accomplishments and our progress with the public. With the support of our community, the Arboretum is becoming the crown jewel of the Sioux Falls park system — a place to return to our beginnings.