Arboretum

The Navigator 2012-14

The Arboretum at UCSC collects and studies plants from California and from around the world. As an instructional facility, the Arboretum is visited by classes ranging from biology and environmental studies to art and photography. In addition, the Arboretum employs about 12 students, who gain valuable experience in horticulture, botany, and landscape design. The Arboretum is also a research facility for studying plant evolution and evaluating new horticultural subjects. Students may do projects, internships, or research with staff or independently in the fields of horticulture, botany, environmental education, environmental studies, habitat restoration, science writing, or science illustration. Admission is free to UCSC students. The classroom in Horticulture II is used by university classes.

Some students from the arts show paintings, photography, and sculpture while other artists dance, perform Shakespeare, and play music at the Arboretum each year.

The Arboretum is open from 9 a.m.–5 p.m. every day, and students are encouraged to drop by. The entrance to the facility is located on Empire Grade between the two entrances to campus (next to the big water tank). Check the web site for the Horticultural Library open hours (usually Wednesday–Sunday, noon–3 p.m.) Norrie’s Gifts is open every day, 10 a.m.–4 m. To contact the Arboretum, call 427-2998; or visit the Arboretum web site.

Revised 10/10/12