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The 2015 Arboretum Volunteer Orientation classes are full!

A big thank you! to all attendees for your enthusiasm and commitment. There isn't any more room in classes but if you are interested in getting involved with the Arboretum, please look at Volunteer Opportunities to see what's available and to get in touch with us.


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Amah Mutsun Speaker Series: Understanding Traditional Native American Land Stewardship
Speakers: M. Kat Anderson, PhD, and Rick Flores
Saturday, February 7, 2015—1:00-4:00pm
Location: College 9 & 10 Multipurpose Room, UCSC
Rick Flores, the Arboretum's Curator of California Natives Collection will join M. Kat Anderson – national ethnoecologist of the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service and UC Davis lecturer – in a presentation sponsored by the UCSC American Indian Resource Center. Details can be found on the event's flyer. This event is free and open to all.

Saturday, March 7, 2015—10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sunday, March 8, 2015—10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Children's craft activities, guided and self-guided tours, plants for sale that attract hummingbirds, and educational programs.
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Admission to the Arboretum on Hummingbird Days:
$10 adults; free for children under 17, UCSC students and Arboretum members.

Saturday, March 7, 2015— 9:00am - noon
Sunday, March 8, 2015—9:00 am - noon
owl sketch
This year, during Hummingbird Days, Sophie Webb, accomplished ornithologist, field biologist, photographer and illustrator, will teach a bird illustration workshop. Sophie is co-author and illustrator of A Guide to the Birds of Mexico and Northern Central America with Steve Howell, as well as several children’s books. Attend the workshop on either Saturday or Sunday. Fee: $55, includes admission to Hummingbird Days.
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California Native Plant Garden Phenology Workshop; The Science of the Seasons
Salvias along a walkway
Saturday, February 21, 2015—2:00-4:00pm
Instructor, Juliet Oshiro
Calling All Citizen Scientists! Hikers! Families! Students! Educators!
Do you enjoy watching plants change through the seasons? Would you like to help researchers study the effects of climate change? This workshop will teach volunteers to monitor and gather data on when native plants leaf out, flower, form fruit and other seasonal changes through hands-on training. No experience necessary, but space is limited and pre-registration is required. Details can be found on the workshop's webpage.

What's Blooming at the Arboretum?

Grevillea superb

The UC Santa Cruz Arboretum has thousands of plants from California and far parts of the globe in its extensive and varied living collections. Color can always be found throughout the Arboretum. Check out What's Blooming for some current examples.