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Environmental Education

Carbon Neutrality For Kids

Fri, August 07, 2020

Looking for some summer boredom busters? Check out this kid’s Carbon Learning Activity, with a fun ranking quiz, Carbon Q&A and other educational resources. This activity was designed for kids but we have found it to be super informative and fun for adults as well!

Wildland Fire Training 2020

Tue, June 30, 2020
Just two days after undergoing annual wildland fire training at UC Davis’ Russell Ranch, the UC Davis Fire Department, and other regional firefighting departments, responded to the largest fire of this year’s early season so far. 

Summer Plant Guide: Top 10 List for Summer Success

Wed, May 27, 2020
It’s true that summer is not the best time of the year to install new plants, but it doesn’t mean that you can’t. Watch the latest Ask the Garden Gnomes video below for advice or scroll down to find some quick tips.

Building Blocks for Resilient Gardens

Mon, March 09, 2020
As we look to the future, we want to broaden our scope to support landscapes that are not just sustainable, but also resilient. Find plant recommendations and tips on how to build a resilient garden at home.

Common carp could be cause of common problem in Arboretum Waterway

Fri, February 21, 2020
Carp Research in the Arboretum Waterway

Undergraduate researcher Kim Luke with the Center for Watershed Sciences is working with the Arboretum and Public Garden to conduct an experiment about how different fishes in the Arboretum Waterway may influence water quality. She is particularly interested in how one kind of fish, common carp, influence algal blooms.

Why we kiss under a parasitic plant, mistletoe!

Wed, December 18, 2019
In ancient cultures throughout the northern hemisphere, the time around the winter solstice has long been a season of celebration, feasting, and thanksgiving. On the far northern reaches of the Roman Empire, people like the Teutons and Celts had their own winter rituals centering wheat, oak trees and mistletoe.

The Central Valley garden in winter

Wed, December 18, 2019
In California’s Central Valley, the onset of winter’s cool, wet weather marks the beginning of the growing season for California native and Mediterranean climate plants. Comparable to early spring in colder, continental climates, this is the season when root growth begins and summer drought-adapted plants emerge from dormancy, leafing out and, in some cases, bursting into bloom.

A New Era of Nature Rx

Mon, December 09, 2019
If you Google things to do in Davis, it’s not surprising to find that time and again the Arboretum and Public Garden is at the very top of the list. With the well-being of our community in mind, we have been broadening and expanding the reach of Nature Rx, a theme of programming that aims to connect the campus and local communities to the healing power of nature.