On-going events

First Saturday Tours

Join a docent-led tour on the first Saturday of the month. The tour is free with your Arboretum admission. Tours start at 11:00 in front of Norrie's Gift Shop.

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Talks, Lectures, and Pot-lucks

Check the bulletin board in the Horticulture II building for announcements of up coming events. Scholars, staff, and volunteers present talks on wide-ranging topics.

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On-going Volunteer Opportunities

Natives First Gardeners

This weeding group was formed to help with the Entrance Native Garden on Wednesday mornings from 9:00 to noon. Enjoy a friendly group, and get involved in beautifying this ongoing project while enjoying the beauty of the California Native collection. Bring gloves, water, and sun protection.

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Kiwi Gardeners

Join this weeding and pruning group that meets every Tuesday morning 9:30- 12:30. Get involved enhancing the beauty of the New Zealand garden. Bring gloves and smiles. We provide the Kiwi vibe. Hope to see you, mate. Cheers!

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Aussie Weeders

This rousing group gathers 9am on Thursday mornings. The Australian Collections beam from their attention, and our garden visitors enjoy laughter and joy that is the Aussie Weeders.

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Euc. Grove Volunteers

Day and time varies, Contact Melinda Kralj at the Arboretum:

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Succulent Wreath Making

New volunteers are sought to join this ongoing group. Succulent wreaths are made by volunteers and sold through Norrie's and the annual Wreath Sale in November, providing much needed support to the Arboretum. Learn how to make these lovely living creations. Most Wednesdays 10am-noon, but call to confirm instruction will be available, 502-2998.

What's Happening at the Arboretum

All events are open to the public and free, except as noted. They are held in the Arboretum's Horticulture Building, unless otherwise stated.

The Arboretum is open daily for self-guided tours from 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.




January 2015
Arboretum Volunteer Orientation Class
Tuesday, January 27, 2015—9:30-noon
Weekly, through February 17. You can find details about the classes here.
Note: The classes are full and we are not taking any more registrations.
Interested in getting involved with the Arboretum? Please visit the Volunteer Opportunities page for more information and to get in touch with us.
 



February 2015
Arboretum Volunteer Orientation Class
Tuesday, February 3, 2015—9:30-noon
Weekly, through February 17. You can find details about the classes here.
Note: The classes are full and we are not taking any more registrations.
Interested in getting involved with the Arboretum? Please visit the Volunteer Opportunities page for more information and to get in touch with us.
 

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.
 

Arboretum Volunteer Orientation Class
Tuesday, February 10, 2015—9:30-noon
Weekly, through February 17. You can find details about the classes here.
Note: The classes are full and we are not taking any more registrations.
Interested in getting involved with the Arboretum? Please visit the Volunteer Opportunities page for more information and to get in touch with us.
 

Arboretum Volunteer Orientation Class
Tuesday, February 17, 2015—9:30-noon
Final meeting. Volunteer appreciation lunch You can find details about the classes here.
Note: The classes are full and we are not taking any more registrations.
Interested in getting involved with the Arboretum? Please visit the Volunteer Opportunities page for more information and to get in touch with us.
 

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.
 

Arboretum Volunteer Orientation Class
Tuesday, February 24, 2015—9:30-noon
Optional meeting: Coffee. Learn about hosting garden tours here.
 



March 2015
Hummingbird Days Hummingbird
Saturday, March 7, 2015
Sunday, March 8, 2015
Children's craft activities, guided and self-guided tours, plants for sale that attract hummingbirds, and educational programs.

Admission to the Arboretum on Hummingbird Days:
$10 adults: free for children under 17, UCSC students and Arboretum members.
 

California Native Plant Garden Phenology Workshop; The Science of the Seasons
Salvias along a walkway
Saturday, March 14, 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.
 



April 2015
Arboretum Spring Plant Sale (and California Native Plant Society Sale)
Saturday, April 18, 2015
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