Welcome to the Arboretum!
Located on the west side of the UCSC campus, the Arboretum is between the main campus entrance and the west entrance. Detailed driving directions...
Hours and Admission
The Arboretum is open from 9:00 to 5:00 every day except except July 4, November 24, December 25-26 & 30-31, and January 1-6. Admission is $5.00 ($2.00 for children, free to Arboretum Friends and volunteers.) More...
About the ArboretumLearn more about the unique botantical value of the Arboretum's plants. Watch this video narrated by Frans Lanting, noted wildlife photographer.
There's plenty in bloom throughout the year. Here's a sample of some of the blossoms that can be seen in any given month.
Art in the ArboretumThe Arboretum is hosting "Art in the Arboretum: Color", its second exhibit of sculpture art. Art pieces from fourteen local artists will be on display in the South African and Aroma Gardens from October 15 to January 10. Opening reception is November 4th. More..
Finding Your Way Around
Norrie's Gift & Garden Shop
Norries Gift and Garden shop is a local treasure! Plants, books & gifts for all occasions. Open from 10–4:30. More...
Take a Tour
You can arrange a tour any time of the year. Or, join the free, with your admission, first Saturday tour. Lectures and educational programs are offered throughout the year.
The Arboretum is rich in wildlife, and is among the best places for viewing birds in the Monterey Bay area, one of America's birding hotspots. More...
Please help us maintain the peaceful atmosphere people have come to enjoy. For fire safety and the health of other visitors, there is no smoking.
To protect our collection, endangered species, and educational materials: There is no collecting of any plant or animal material of any kind dead or alive. This also means no collecting of any seeds or cuttings. We are required to mention that collecting tadpoles, harassing or touching the federally protected red-legged frogs is against federal law. Adult supervision of children is required. Take only notes (not labels or flowers), leave only footprints.
For your safety: Mountain lion sightings are rare, but read the signs about how to stay safe. Please stay on concrete or dirt paths to avoid poison oak, spines, uneven footing and to avoid compacting the soil over tender roots or trampling small plants.
UCSC does not allow dogs on campus, which includes the Arboretum.