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.


Events for May and June 2016

  • California fuschiaCommunity Day, Tuesday, May 3 —all day 1st Tuesday of every month. Free admission to the Arboretum.
  • human raceJoin the Arboretum's "Human Race" fundraising team! Saturday, May 7, 9:00 am. Walk or run to support the Arboretum at this traditional Santa Cruz fundraising event. Or, show your team support with a donation. Read more; Join/Donate now; or contact Maura in the Arboretum Office.
  • garden tourFree Garden TourSaturday, May 7. Free tour with paid admission- first Saturdays of every month.  Meet at Norrie's Gift & Garden Shop at 11:00 am.
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    Arboretum Giving Day Entrance Renovation Open House.
    Wednesday, May 11, from 4-7 pm. Please join us at the Arboretum for an Open House on Norrie's Gift & Garden Shop Patio for light refreshments and to learn more about supporting Giving Day and the Arboretum's Entrance Renovation. Read more.

  • succulent wreath making classSucculent Wreath Making Class. Saturday, May 14, 9 am to 12 pm. A "Great Gift" for Mother's Day. Pre-registration is required. Read more.
  • salvia-spathaceaThe Arboretum Phenology Walk.  Sunday, May 15, 2 to 4 pm. Study the science of the seasons: be a part of a national effort to monitor the effects of climate change. Advance registration recommended. Read more.
  • Arboretum entrance signFriends of the Arboretum Board Meeting, Wednesday, May 25, 5pm, Horticulture II building
  • garden tourFree Garden TourSaturday, June 4. Free tour with paid admission- first Saturdays of every month.  Meet at Norrie's Gift & Garden Shop at 11:00 am.
  • salvia-spathaceaThe Arboretum Phenology Walk.  Saturday, June 4, 2 to 4 pm. Study the science of the seasons: be a part of a national effort to monitor the effects of climate change. Advance registration recommended. Read more.
  • California fuschiaCommunity Day, Tuesday, June 7 —all day 1st Tuesday of every month. Free admission to the Arboretum.
  • signNew Volunteer Orientation. Tuesday, May 10, 5:30-7:30 pm. Please contact Volunteer Coordinator Katie Cordes at cscordes@ucsc.edu, or call her at (831) 502-2300 for more information.
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    Midsummer's Eve Volunteer Celebration. Sunday, June 19, 5:30-8:00 pm.  We are thrilled to invite you all to our first ever Midsummer's Eve Volunteer Celebration! Invitation and RSVP to follow shortly. 

  • Arboretum entrance signFriends of the Arboretum Board Meeting, Wednesday, June 22, 5pm, Horticulture II building