Pay Us a Visit

The Arboretum is open from 9:00 to 5:00 every day except Thanksgiving and Christmas. A visit is worthwhile any time of the year. Admission is $5.00 ($2.00 for children, free to members of the Friends of the UCSC Arboretum and volunteers.)

Detailed admission information and driving directions can be found here.

Take an hour or all day to wonder around the gardens, visit Norries, or take a guided tour. Bring your binoculars and bird book and watch some of the Arboretum's avian life. Attend one of the Friends of the UCSC Arboretum potlucks or a visiting scholar's presentation. Learn about opportunities for learning or volunteering.

There are picnic tables and benches located throughout the gardens. You're invited to linger awhile.


Garden Etiquette


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.