Learning by Leading

(Formerly the GATEways Programs web page.)

Leadership skills and real-world experience combine to help our students address the earth’s most important environmental issues

Learning by Leading, the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden's internship program, is based on the fundamental premise that students learn best by leading. The UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden provides an ideal training ground to learn real-world skills and lead efforts to create a healthier environment and a more sustainable world.

Our professional staff work closely with over 100 UC Davis undergraduate and graduate student interns per year in all areas of our public gardens operations. Many of ourinternsthen go on to leadership positions where they are addressingurgent environmental issues in conservation science, research, biological monitoring, natural areas management,public garden management, sustainable design, nursery management, outdoor education, conservation science, and morein California and throughout the United States.