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Arboretum Ambassadors win service award

Arboretum Ambassadors win service award
Our Arboretum Ambassadors receive well-deserved accolades from our campus and community! From left to right: Kathleen Socolofsky, director and assistant vice chancellor (UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden); Elaine Fingerett, academic coordinator (UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden); Arboretum Ambassadors Alex Stubblefield and Leigh Hiura; Ralph Hexter, provost (UC Davis); Arboretum Ambassadors Erin McLachlan, Kiely Doherty, and Chantal Alatorre; and, Melissa Cruz, outreach coordinator (UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden).

Content from College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences “Currents Newsletter” dated May 8, 2014

The UC Davis Arboretum Ambassadors received a Community Service Award from the UC Davis Community Service Resource Center in May, one of several campus groups and individuals recognized at the “gold” level for volunteer service projects.

The Arboretum Ambassadors are also to receive a President’s Volunteer Service Award. The federal award is given to individuals, families, and groups that have demonstrated outstanding volunteer service and civic participation over the course of a 12-month period. For a group award, each member contributing to the total number of hours must have served 25 hours or more.

The Arboretum Ambassadors are environmental leadership interns who make a one-year commitment to train with professional arboretum staff in ecology, event planning, fundraising, and educational program design. The interns have provided free and accessible educational outreach programs to the public and K–12 audiences since 2008. They work as a team to design participatory learning experiences that engage the broader community in the arboretum and improve environmental awareness.

SEE PHOTO GALLERY of some of the programs created by our Arboretum Ambassadors

Scene from "Storytime: Expedition to Africa," presented by the UC Davis Arboretum Ambassadors on Sunday, February 3, 2013.