About the Friends


Building Community Through Horticulture
Engage, Enrich, Educate

The Friends of Frelinghuysen Arboretum is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 1972.

Our mission is to promote public awareness of horticulture, cultural landscapes, and the natural world through stewardship, sponsorship of projects, and educational opportunities; and to further development of horticulture and research facilities at Morris County Park Commission's horticultural sites.


The officers for 2019 - 2020 are:

Heather Emelander
Lynn Shavelson
Judy Snow
Acting Treasurer
Erin Rantas

Officers are elected to terms of three years and are bound by the rules set forth in the Friends' Certificate of Incorporation and By-Laws, as amended June 2018.

Non-Profit Status

The Friends of The Frelinghuysen Arboretum received acknowledgment from the US IRS of its non-profit status in 1978. Specifically, we are exempt from Federal taxation under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code per this letter from the IRS.

Additionally, we file the required exempt organization tax returns (Form 990s) annually. Following are links to the most recent three years of returns (click to open in a separate window):

Annual Report

Each year, the Friends of the Frelinghuysen Arboretum produce an Annual Report recapping the past year's activities and events. We are proud to make these reports available here on the website (click on a link to download as a pdf):