Friends support group seeks to raise funds for student-led, educational programming

Photo of UC Davis student engaging with members of the public as part of a free program to educate participants about acorns and other Native American uses of California plants.

Students in the environmental education strand of the Arboretum and Public Garden’s Learning by Leading Program create events designed to engage all ages. Here adults and children learn about acorns and other Native American uses of California plants.

Updated December 17, 2015

THE FRIENDS OF THE UC DAVIS ARBORETUM AND PUBLIC GARDEN SUPPORT GROUP is an incredible partner in growing the Arboretum and Public Garden. In addition to providing volunteer service and hosting the plant sales, the Friends group also raises funds from the community to invest in the Arboretum and Public Garden’s programs, gardens and people.

This year, the Friends’ annual appeal is focused on raising $30,000 from individual members and donors to support the Environmental Education strand of the Learning by Leading Program.

The Environmental Education strand involves teams of UC Davis students designing and offering educational programs for the public. It’s a wonderful win-win as the UC Davis students, mentored by Arboretum and Public Garden staff members, gain leadership experience and skills while families from the region have free access to high-quality, student-led programs in the Arboretum and Public Garden.

Each strand of the Learning by Leading Program requires external investment to support the mentoring, student development activities and supplies. Corporations and foundations have committed funds to enhance other aspects of Learning by Leading; the Friends are focused on supporting the Environmental Education strand to reflect the group’s passion for community engagement and outreach.

To support the Friends annual appeal and the Learning by Leading program, please GO ONLINE TO MAKE A DONATION. If you’ve already made a gift to the Friends annual appeal this year, thank you!

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What it is…

May 5th is our region’s BIG Day of Giving, a 24-hour online giving challenge for the entire community.   The UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden, along with 500+ other local non-profits, will be asking you to support what you value and love.

Last year, support from generous donors during Big Day of Giving helped us expand our FREE public programs in the Arboretum.  This year we want to do even more and have set a goal to raise $12,000 in one day!

Why give?

Our learning landscapes and student leaders are having an IMPACT by connecting people with plants, inspiring action through teaching about water-conserving gardening and empowering children and adults to be environmental stewards.

Here are 5 REASONS to give…and counting.  Tell us about your reason!

How can I give?

  • On May 5th, starting at 12:00 a.m. midnight for 24 hours until 11:59 p.m., visit and click the Big Day of Giving button to donate
  • Gifts start at $25.
  • All donations are made via a secure online site.

Help us win incentive prizes… you may get a prize, too!

We’ll be competing with other non-profits to win bonus cash prizes to boost the giving total.  Plus we’re offering special thank you gifts to our donors who give during Big Day of Giving.  Stay tuned for more details coming soon!

What else can I do to help?

  • “Like” us on Facebook
  • “Follow” us on Twitter  and include ‪#‎BigDoG2015‬ in your tweets about the event
  • “Follow” us on Instagram
  • Share this event with your family and friends through social media.  Ask people in your network to show their love for the Arboretum, too, by giving on May 5.

Thank you!

2013 Volunteer appreciation garden party

On May 30, close to 100 volunteers along with their significant others, were celebrated at the Arboretum’s annual volunteer appreciation dinner—a garden party held near the Peter J. Shields Oak Grove and our gazebo. The sun setting behind the historic trees, our incomparable late spring evening weather, and speeches from grateful Arboretum staff were just a few of the evening’s highlights.

We are so appreciative of our volunteers’ dedication and enthusiasm. The resource that the Arboretum has become to the campus and community would not be possible without their participation. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, stay tuned to our e-newsletter where we will keep you posted about upcoming volunteer orientations this fall or winter. If you haven’t yet signed up to receive it, email with the subject line “e-news” and we will add you to our list.

CHECK OUT photos from the event.

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