Museum Education

Staff Mentor


Maya Makker
Museum Education & Interpretive Manager




Student Co-Coordinators

Liz McAllister & Mia Groff








Museum Education interns research and create interactive, interdisciplinary learning experiences in the Arboretum and Public Garden, a living museum on the UC Davis campus. Focused on making the Arboretum accessible to visitors of all ages, students collaborate with campus and community partners to create educational signage, tours, and programs highlighting stories from the Arboretum’s collection. Interns have the opportunity to engage with the natural environment and gain skills in visitor studies and informal education, while learning strategies required to communicate educational content in an outdoor museum. Interns are expected to commit 1-3 hours per week with occasional weekend work.

Quarters: Year Long— Fall through Spring

Schedule: Interns attend weekly meetings (1.5-2 hours) as well as 1-2 weekend meetings/programs each month (fall and spring only).

Units: 1-2


Recruitment for Fall 2018 has concluded. 

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Interpretive Signage Developed by Museum Education Interns

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