Photography Guidelines

Personal photography is welcome at the Scott Arboretum, but a permit is required for any and all photo shoots.

Taking photos of flowers, trees, and bees does not require a photo permit, as long as our photography guidelines are followed.

  • Picture taking is not to interfere with any person’s enjoyment of or access to the Arboretum features.
  • Please respect the Arboretum. This includes, but is not limited to: no climbing or sitting in trees; no walking or standing in flower beds or other off-limit areas of the Arboretum; no tampering with any living thing in the Arboretum.
  • No moving or re-arranging Arboretum structures or furnishings, including: benches, sprinklers, and flower containers.
  • No changing outfits of undressing anywhere in the Arboretum, even if you think the tree is big enough to hide you.
  • It is okay to use a tripod unless: the tripod is blocking designated walkways or in any way preventing other guests from moving around freely.

Photography Permit Information

To request permission for photography/filming shoots, contact the following departments:

Definition of Photo Shoot

A photo shoot is an activity that includes any of the following, but is not limited to:

  • Group, engagement, prom, birthday, head shot, fashion, maternity or couples/family portrait photography.
  • Photography that involves the use of equipment (including booms, lights, and reflectors)
  • Photography that involves a dedicated photographer