Building upon the horticultural expertise, top-notch scientific collections, and outstanding education programs, the Arboretum developed the UC Davis GATEways Project to transform the campus outdoor space into an inviting, community-created, interactive, and educational showcase for the public. Students are at the center for this visions and their involvement is based upon a fundamental premise: students learn best by leading. Each year the Friends group raises critical funds to support key areas of the Arboretum’s work. This year, students are the focus of the Friends annual appeal and they have an ambitious goal —raise $22,000 to provide support four student interns next year.
Student lives are transformed through their work with the Arboretum; dozens of students are involved every year through work or internships with the Arboretum’s Learning by Leading initiative. These unique handspun opportunities do more than benefit the students’ careers, their leadership projects add richness to the Arboretum experience, they improve our outreach efforts, and leverage staff resources.
Our university’s fiscal volatility make it difficult to fund student opportunities solely with campus support. To continue and expand student Learning by Leading opportunities, the Arboretum depends on community support from foundations, organizations, and people just like you.
Please consider a gift for Learning by Leading; help protect these exceptional student opportunities by supporting the UC Davis Arboretum with your donation.
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Friends of the UC Davis Arboretum
c/o UC Davis Arboretum
One Shields Avenue
Davis, CA 95616
Throughout the month of November volunteers from student groups, community members, local Rotary Clubs as well as regular UC Davis Arboretum volunteers, have come out to the future site of the UC Davis California Native Plant GATEway Garden to help plant thousands of native grasses. We cannot thank them enough. Their investment in this educational and community resource is very much appreciated. We could not manage these large-scale improvements without their help.
SEE OUR PHOTO GALLERY from a few of our community planting days.
Check out the Sacramento Bee newspaper’s coverage: A PERFECT DAY FOR PLANTING
(Excerpted from UC Davis Dateline article
CLASS ART: Sustainable birdhouses and site-specific installations)
Professor Robin Hill’s students created and installed four public art pieces last week in the arboretum and on the main campus; the installations are scheduled to stay in place until around December 21.
The students worked in teams; here are summaries from each team’s project description:
Team EyEy Sol — A sculpture set in the middle of Lake Spafford “rises from the depths, with twisting intertwined branches and grasses, into a nestlike structure, that is both alien and recognizable. The bottom is open to the lake, allowing viewers to realize this is not a nest for birds, nor even for humans … but what? That is up to interpretation.”
The sculptural materials, all organic, reflect the interplay between the natural world and the material world — subject to individual interpretation, visually and psychologically.
Team Exterminators — Amid the arboretum’s redwood grove, the team will create an installation of everyday objects painted glossy white, filled with water to reflect the sky above, and arranged around a bathtub.
“The absurdity of having a bathtub in a redwood grove and the stark unnatural whiteness of the objects will highlight the man-made qualities of the installation. We hope this will make our audience think about how humans have reshaped the world to suit their needs and how far our species has come from our natural roots.”
Team Yovin Dice — “Students rarely recall the mundane commute from class to class. What we offer students in this site-specific artwork is a recall function, in one specific location for a very limited time.”
The location is one of the grassy mounds amid the Chemistry Building and Chem Annex, the Physical Sciences and Engineering Library, Roessler Hall and Bainer Hall. A temporary movie screen will give a clue to this artwork: The team will film what transpires at this spot during the day, then show the film at night. Four presentations are planned, each from 6 to 8 p.m.: Wednesday-Thursday (Dec. 4-5), Saturday (Dec. 7) and Thursday (Dec. 12).
“We hope for the audience to experience a surrealistic introspective moment of perception.”
Team ArtVangLu — Its ”Bowl of Stories” truck is an interventionist art work, a mobile structure where people of all backgrounds can enjoy a moment of comfort and share their stories. “The truck focuses on illustrating the stories of underprivileged and underrepresented people of Davis. The truck will serve as a voice for the people who regularly don’t have one.”
Stories will be gathered and displayed alongside portraits of the people who shared them. “This piece is intended as a celebration of unity of all people. Refreshments and food will be provided as a gesture of giving back.”
(Excerpted from UC Davis Dateline article
“CLASS ART: Sustainable birdhouses and site-specific installations”)
As the result of a collaboration between the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden and the UC Davis Department of Design, the arboretum and other parts of the Davis campus will become student galleries for Ann Savageau’s “Sustainable Design” class.
The students worked in two-person teams to create 38 birdhouses, using “upcycled” materials (saved from the landfill) and incorporating simulated features of sustainability, such as solar panels, rainwater catchment, and living roofs and walls. To identify the species of birds that would benefit from the birdhouses, the design students consulted with student organization Wild Campus who suggested their target “audience” would be western bluebirds (Sialia Mexicana), tree swallows (Tachycineta bicolor), ash-throated flycatchers (Myiarchus cinerascens) and house wrens (Troglodytes aedon).
“Human encroachment is resulting in many animal species losing essential nesting and foraging sites,” Savageau wrote in her assignment. “Designers have a responsibility to use their talent and training to help restore the Earth’s ecosystem.”
SEE THE BIRDHOUSES!
Look for them on light poles throughout the Quad area and around Lake Spafford from this Saturday, December 7 through the week of January 6, 2014.
Managing a campus our size with lean staff support can mean tasks like weed control, tree trimming, power-washing, and pavement striping are not always at the top our maintenance task list, but that all changed over the summer when the Arboretum and Public Garden as well as Facilities Management, received some much needed assistance from 16 student workers.
The Chancellor challenged staff to hire more students, so with additional funding from our “parent” organization, UC Davis Administrative and Resource Management, we were able to manage a laundry list of deferred and ongoing maintenance and safety issues, improve areas vital to the campus’s first impression, and reinforce our sustainable landscaping efforts, all with student help.
The students not only learned more about their campus and its operation, they gained valuable work experience which, in many cases, directly applies to their areas of study. On top of that, their employment helped free our staff to focus on completing larger-scale projects while furthering our practice in mentoring students.
“Meet the students!” Peruse the thank you booklet below which we provided to Vice Chancellor John Meyer with an overview about the students who participated as well as information about the type of work they performed.
Unless you are familiar with all the methods used to ensure that the campus’s stormwater is as pollutant-free as possible, you may have wondered why we bother spreading straw around empty lots. Spreading straw mulch, moistening it, then crimping it into the dirt is one of the ways we can protect exposed soil during the winter months, prevent erosion, and improve stormwater quality—all legal responsibilities that need to be complied with and monitored regularly—especially on a campus of our size.
This is why you’ll see the future site of the UC Davis Vet Med Student Services and Administration Building covered with a weed-free, native grass straw. In order to assist our campus’s Design and Construction Management department’s ability to meet Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan requirements, staff from Putah Creek Riparian and Campus Naturalized Lands used their connections to borrow a straw blower, Grounds and Landscape Services provided their water truck to dampen the straw, and Civil and Industrial Services provided a rented rice roller to crimp the straw into the soil.
This quick collaboration would not have been possible prior to the merger of all the departments responsible for the care of our outdoor spaces into the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden.
Update on stormwater quality improvement projects
Partnership with campus Environmental Health & Safety improves landscape and stormwater quality
Landscape improvements in west end of Arboretum to improve stormwater quality