Calendar of Events

All events free and open to the public unless otherwise stated.
Information: (530) 752-4880

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EXTENDED through Thursday, June 30, 2016.
Walking in the Woods with Chemistry: Exhibit
Multiple locations throughout the Arboretum including: Ruth Risdon Storer Garden, Mediterranean Collection, Conifer Collection, and Mary Wattis Brown Garden of California Native Plants. For more garden location information CLICK HERE.
Explore our temporary exhibit to discover how a plant can cure cancer, what plant molecules create the smell in your soap and perfume, and how a plant defends itself chemically. Spread across several collections in the Arboretum this exhibit reveals some of the research of UC Davis Chemistry Professor Dean Tantillo, Plant Biology Professor Philipp Zerbe, and Chemistry Ph.D. candidate Nhu Nguyen. Co-sponsored by the Tantillo Group, Chemistry Department, Zerbe Group, and the Department of Plant Biology. The exhibit is free;parking is available at no charge on the weekends, but during the week attendees may need to purchase a $9 daily permit for our visitor parking lots.

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Camp Shakespeare

Summer of Heroes Ages 8-12
Session 1: July 7 – July 22, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Session 2: July 25 – August 5, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Shields Oak Grove, UC Davis campus
Campers will take on some of the greatest heroes in Shakespeare & beyond: Henry V, Joan of Arc, Romeo, Juliet, Imogen, and Cyrano de Bergerac! Through theater games and acting workshops campers will explore how these classic characters changed their worlds by fighting for what is right. In the epic final show, campers perform these heroic journeys accompanied by original music, fun dances, and dynamic sword-fights!

Teen Camp Ages 13-18
July 25 – August 5, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.,
Shields Oak Grove (July 25-29)
Location TBA (August 1-5)
This camp is designed for teenagers wanting to sharpen their acting skills. Campers will also explore heroism with the awesome characters listed above. Camp content will include stage combat, acting workshops, movement techniques, improvisation training, and more. Teens won’t want to miss this opportunity to take their love of theater to the next level!

April 25 – May 9
Arboretum Photo Scavenger Hunt
multiple locations throughout the Arboretum
Discover the UC Davis Arboretum in a way you never have before! For two weeks everyone is invited to explore features of the Arboretum in a photo scavenger hunt. Ten spots will be revealed through our Facebook event page on April 25. Participants will have two weeks to upload their photos to that same Facebook event page with the hashtag #ArbPhotoHunt. The best photos will have an opportunity to win prizes and be exhibited throughout other Arboretum social media venues. For more information, “Like” the Arboretum’s Facebook page now and check back for more information on April 25.

Big Day of Giving
All day, May 3
24 hours to give where your heart is! Show your LOVE for the Arboretum and Public Garden during this 24-hour regional celebration of giving. Visit our home page on May 3, select the Big Day of Giving button, and make a secure online gift starting at $25. Your gift will help us fund a hummingbird garden for the Arboretum!

Friday, May 6
Folk Music Jam Session
12-1 p.m., Wyatt Deck
Folk musicians are invited to play together informally during this acoustic jam session at the Wyatt Deck, located on Arboretum Drive (formerly Old Davis Road) next to the redwood grove in the UC Davis Arboretum. Pull out your fiddles, guitars, mandolins, penny whistles, pipes, flutes, squeezeboxes (you name it) and join your fellow musicians for a little bluegrass, old-time, blues, Celtic, klezmer, and world music over the lunch hour. All skill levels and listeners welcome! Parking is available for $9 in Visitor Lot 5, at Old Davis Road and Arboretum Drive.

Friday, May 6
Stargazing in the White Flower Garden
9 p.m., Arboretum Gazebo, UC Davis campus
Need to get away from it all? Join the Arboretum Ambassadors and the UC Davis Astronomy Club for a free night of stargazing! Bring the whole family. Not only will this special night mark a new moon, it will also be the peak of the Eta Aquarids meteor shower which can produce up to 30 meteors an hour! Please bring a flashlight, blankets, warm clothes, and snacks! Warm beverages will be provided. Limited free one-hour parking can be found along Garrod Drive near the Gazebo or in nearby Visitor Parking Lot 55 where visitors can park in short-term metered spots or all-day spaces with the purchase of a $9 daily pass. Campus parking enforcement ends at 10 p.m. on weekdays.

May 7 – May 8
An Untitled Project Involving Bodies, Dirt and Space
In this project, performance artist, author, actress, and visiting Theatre & Dance professor, Margaret Laurena Kemp, crafts a multi-disciplinary experience among the Arboretum’s gardens and collections. Throughout three performances taking place over the course of two days, she explores the racialized body as text in the American landscape. Directed by Lisa Quoresimo, Ph.D. candidate in performance studies.

Saturday, May 7
Where Does the Blue Sky Start?
1 – 3 p.m., Shields Oak Grove
Margaret literally digs deep, calling forth Margaret Garner and numerous other ancestors, interrogating layers of place, identity and authorship.

Saturday, May 7
Ghosting
5:30 – 7:30 p.m., Begins at Arboretum GATEway Garden then travels west through the Arboretum
A ritual dance in which a ghost returns, its rest having been disturbed by layers of individual and institutional inhumanities.

Sunday, May 8
Do Not Obey
2:45 – 5 p.m., East of the Arboretum Gazebo
Women from the community of Davis share their personal journeys through life’s rules (made, taken, and/or broken) through dance and spoken word.

Wednesday, May 11
Wednesday Walks with Warren
12-1 p.m., UC Davis Arboretum Gazebo, UC Davis campus
Join Warren Roberts, the Superintendent Emeritus of the Arboretum, famous storyteller and punster, for an always engaging noontime exploration of spring in the UC Davis Arboretum's gardens and collections.These events are free. Free one-hour parking can be found along Garrod Drive near the Gazebo or in nearby Visitor Parking Lot 55 where visitors can park in short-term metered spots or all-day spaces with the purchase of a $9 daily pass.

Saturday, May 14
Arboretum Plant CLEARANCE Sale
9 a.m. – 1 p.m., UC Davis Arboretum Teaching Nursery
(Garrod Drive near La Rue Road, across from Vet Med), UC Davis campus
LIFE AFTER LAWN: Find the right plants to replace your lawn at great prices because everything will be marked down. Even though this will be our last sale of the spring season we will still have one of the area’s largest selections of attractive, low-water, easy-care, region-appropriate plants including lots California natives and Arboretum All-Stars. Plus our members save even more! Members of the Friends of the UC Davis Arboretum will save an additional 10% off our clearance prices. Not a member? Call ahead or join at the door! New members not only receive 10% off their purchases, they receive an additional $10 off coupon as a thank you gift for joining! For more information on the benefits of membership visit: http://arboretum.ucdavis.edu/join_the_friends.aspx. The event is free; parking is free and available in nearby parking lots.

Sunday, May 15
Bugtopia: Discover the Wonders of Insects
1  – 3 p.m., Arboretum Gazebo, UC Davis campus
Learn about the hidden insect wonders of the Arboreutm from the UC Davis Entomology Club members and the GATEways Outreach Program Volunteers. Find out more about the UC Davis Arboretum, insect names, trapping methods, and ecology. Parking is free on weekends and can be found along Garrod Drive near the Gazebo or in nearby Visitor Parking Lot 55.

Friday, May 20
Folk Music Jam Session
12-1 p.m., Wyatt Deck
Folk musicians are invited to play together informally during this acoustic jam session at the Wyatt Deck, located on Arboretum Drive (formerly Old Davis Road) next to the redwood grove in the UC Davis Arboretum. Pull out your fiddles, guitars, mandolins, penny whistles, pipes, flutes, squeezeboxes (you name it) and join your fellow musicians for a little bluegrass, old-time, blues, Celtic, klezmer, and world music over the lunch hour. All skill levels and listeners welcome! Parking is available for $9 in Visitor Lot 5, at Old Davis Road and Arboretum Drive.

Sunday, May 22
Wild Family Day
12 – 3 p.m., UC Davis Arboretum GATEway Garden (behind the Davis Commons Shopping Center)
Join Wild Campus – a UC Davis student organization dedicated to the conservation of local flora and fauna – in partnership with the Arboretum and Public Garden for the 5th annual Wild Family Day. Enjoy games and activities, as well as educational displays and live animals! The event is free;biking is encouraged, but parking is available in the Davis Commons Shopping Center parking lot as well as other public parking lots located nearby. For more details, email wildcampus411@gmail.com.

Friday, June 3
Folk Music Jam Session
12-1 p.m., Wyatt Deck
Folk musicians are invited to play together informally during this acoustic jam session at the Wyatt Deck, located on Arboretum Drive (formerly Old Davis Road) next to the redwood grove in the UC Davis Arboretum. Pull out your fiddles, guitars, mandolins, penny whistles, pipes, flutes, squeezeboxes (you name it) and join your fellow musicians for a little bluegrass, old-time, blues, Celtic, klezmer, and world music over the lunch hour. All skill levels and listeners welcome! Parking is available for $9 in Visitor Lot 5, at Old Davis Road and Arboretum Drive.

Wednesday, June 8
Wednesday Walks with Warren
12-1 p.m., UC Davis Arboretum Gazebo, UC Davis campus
Join Warren Roberts, the Superintendent Emeritus of the Arboretum, famous storyteller and punster, for an always engaging noontime exploration of spring in the UC Davis Arboretum's gardens and collections.These events are free. Free one-hour parking can be found along Garrod Drive near the Gazebo or in nearby Visitor Parking Lot 55 where visitors can park in short-term metered spots or all-day spaces with the purchase of a $9 daily pass.

Wednesday, June 8
5th Annual Farewell Reading of the Creative Writing Masters Program
7 p.m., Wyatt Deck, UC Davis campus
The UC Davis Creative Writing MA program and the Arboretum present the 5th annual student reading on Wyatt Deck. Graduating writers will read selections from their work. The event is free; parking is available for $9 in Visitor Lot 5, at Old Davis Road and Arboretum Drive. (Parking enforcement ends at 10 p.m. on weekdays.)

Friday, June 17
Folk Music Jam Session
12-1 p.m., Wyatt Deck
Folk musicians are invited to play together informally during this acoustic jam session at the Wyatt Deck, located on Arboretum Drive (formerly Old Davis Road) next to the redwood grove in the UC Davis Arboretum. Pull out your fiddles, guitars, mandolins, penny whistles, pipes, flutes, squeezeboxes (you name it) and join your fellow musicians for a little bluegrass, old-time, blues, Celtic, klezmer, and world music over the lunch hour. All skill levels and listeners welcome! Parking is available for $9 in Visitor Lot 5, at Old Davis Road and Arboretum Drive.