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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.

Arboretum annual appeal matching challenge deadline extended!

Photo of Dr. Eric Conn in the UC Davis Arboretum Eric E. Conn Acacia Grove.Dr. Eric Conn (pictured left) has seen how his contributions have made a difference at the Arboretum. Now he's hoping his gift inspires you to make a difference too. Give a gift to the Friends annual appeal, or make a tribute dedication in the Arboretum, and he'll match your gift dollar-for-dollar, up to a total match of $30,000! What an easy way to make a greater impact with your giving. Plus we've extended the deadline for this special matching challenge to February 15, so everyone has a chance to participate.

Why does the Arboretum need to ask for support in addition to memberships? The University provides basic support for the Arboretum each year but it's not even enough to fund staffing and care of the existing garden collections. Over 50% of the Arboretum’s annual budget must come from other community sources such as individual donations, grants, and other gifts. Given the fiscal realities of the University budget, community support for the Arboretum is more critical than ever.

So, please consider these two ways to give this year. Both qualify for Dr. Conn's matching challenge.

Annual Appeal: If you love the Arboretum we ask you to give generously to the Friends annual appeal, above and beyond annual membership dues. You should have received a letter from the Friends in late November about this year's appeal. Annual appeal contributions help fund the Arboretum in all areas of operations, everything from maintaining and enhancing the gardens to putting on public education programs for children and adults.

Tribute Dedications: Many visitors ask how they can make a gift with lasting value to the Arboretum that also honors a loved one. There are several dedication options currently available. These range from unique Art-Science Fusion tiles and plaques in the Shields Oak Grove to hardwood benches in beautiful areas of the Arboretum. In addition to honoring a special person or event in your life, these gifts help us maintain the Arboretum for the enjoyment of everyone who uses them.

To everyone who has recently made a gift, we extend our sincere thanks for your support this year. If you have questions about the annual appeal, tribute gift options or would like to make a gift, please contact Suzanne Ullensvang at (530) 752-8324 or

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