Volunteer Enrichment Series

The Volunteer Enrichment Series
Winter & Spring 2018

    The UC Santa Cruz Arboretum and Botanic Garden is happy to be presenting The Volunteer Enrichment Series! This series will take place February - June 2018. Each class is FREE with priority registration given for prospective and currently active volunteers like you! Repeat students from previous volunteer orientations are welcome too!

    If you’d like to learn more about the Arboretum, it’s plant collections and programs, sign up for one or all of the classes. Most presentations accommodate upwards of 90 people while tours will be limited to 15-20 people.

As details for each class are finalized, information will be posted on the Arboretum Events webpage. Contact Katie Cordes, Volunteer Coordinator, with questions (831.502.2300, cscordes@ucsc.edu).


Mark your schedule for the fifth session in the series:

Amah Mutsun Relearning Program
Wednesday, April 25, 10am -2pm

with Rick Flores
Horticulture II Building

Join us to learn about the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band's efforts to revitalize their culture through the relearning of native plants and their uses, and how the arboretum is aiding their efforts.

Includes a tour of the California Conservation Garden.

Tours are intended for people who also attend the presentation. Thank you.

Sign up for this session nowBe sure to sign up twice. Once for the presentation and once for the tour.

Due to hearing and path size limitations, the tour is limited to 20 people. A second tour with Rick will be scheduled when this one fills up.

Read/download flyer for this event. (pdf)


Mark your schedule for the sixth session in the series:

Nursery Tour & Propagation Demonstration
(2nd session) May 9, 1pm - 3pm
with Nursery Manager Helen Engelsberg
(class limited to 15 persons)

Helen Englesberg
Helen Engelsberg

Come and learn how we propagate plants at the Arboretum for the gardens and for our plant sales. Please note: this is a basic Introduction to propagation.

The class will include a tour of our propagation areas and nursery plus a hands on workshop. Come prepared to work with your hands. Bring gloves and wear clothing suitable for working outdoors.

Read/download a flyer for this session. (pdf)


Exploring Amazing Australian Plants
with Melinda Kralj,
Wednesday, March 21, 10am - 2pm
                          Horticulture II Building

includes a tour of the Australian Garden

Join us to learn a bit about Australia, and revel in the beauty and diversity of it's amazing flora. The UCSC Arboretum & Botanical Garden has the largest collection of Australian plants outside of Australia. Bring your questions!
Tours are intended for people who also attend the presentation. Thank you.

Space is limited.

Read/download a flyer for this session. (pdf)


Mark your schedule for the second session in the series:

The Native Plant Program
with NPP Director Brett Hall
Thursday, March 1, 10am - 2pm
Horticulture II Building

Join us for an overview of the Native Plant Program - its staff and students' work in conservation, garden and collection development, projects, field work and collaborations with other organizations and institutions. Includes a tour of the California Native Conservation Garden.

BE SURE TO SIGN UP TWICE!  ONCE for the Class Presentation 10am -12pm  AND AGAIN for ONE of the tours with Brett, either Thursday or Friday!  Tours limited to 20 people.  (Tours are intended for people who also attend the presentation.
Thank you.)


Read/download a flyer for this session. (pdf)

What? Why? How?
with Martin Quigley & Brett Hall
Wednesday, February 14, 10am - 2pm
Horticulture II Building

Join Executive Director Martin Quigley, Ph.D and Brett Hall, Director of the Native Plant Program, to learn: What is the Arboretum? What current & new projects are we excited to be working on? Why do we care? And, how do we do it?

We'll also cover such topics as:
* Mediterranean Climates represented at the Arboretum
* a general history of the UCSC Arboretum
* 'horticulture' and 'agriculture'
* our role as a Friends Group of UCSC (what is a Friends Group?)
* our role as a living museum of rare and unusual plants
* our role in conservation & the Native Plant Program
* Who's' who at the Arb and who does what?
*and last but not least...
   Volunteers ~The heart of the gardens!
* Current volunteer groups and new groups we hope to grow and support.

Class will begin with the presentation, then a short brown bag lunch break and will conclude with a fabulous tour. Please bring your own lunch. We will provide beverages and chips to complement your lunch.

Tours are intended for people who also attend the presentation.

Read/download a flyer for these sessions. (pdf)

Future sessions include:

New Zealand, with Tom Sauceda, May 23
Succulents, Cacti, Aroma Garden & South Africa, with Martin Quigley & Linda McNally, June 13