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Virtual Activities

Virtual Activities

To support our community during the COVID-19 pandemic, our staff and Learning by Leading™ students began focusing on sharing the health benefits of nature through virtual engagement with our larger community. (Learn more.) Their key message: Everyone can lean into nature as a source of hope, comfort, healing and wellbeing during these stressful times. Below are links to activities that can serve as a resource connect you with the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden virtually. We will continue to add to these activities, so check back frequently for updates. 


Children's Pollinator Books Read Aloud

Mon, June 29, 2020

Students participating in our Learning by Leading Habitat Horticulture program read children's books about pollinators. These videos were created during the COVID-19 pandemic as a way for kids (and adults!) to learn more about the importance of pollinators as we all sheltered in place. 

Oak Gall's History and Life Cycle

Fri, June 19, 2020

Join our Learning by Leading™ GATEways Outreach team as they explain what oak galls (aka oak apples) are, how they are created by wasps in addition to creative ways they are used by humans to create ink in this charming and educational explainer video!

Play Arboretum Bingo!

Fri, April 24, 2020
Think you know the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden? Fill out our Instagram Bingo card and maybe add some new activities to your own bucket list along the way!

May Madness: California Native Plant Showdown

Wed, April 22, 2020
Find out the results of our first California native plant showdown which we call "May Madness." It's a tournament bracket similar to March Madness (for those familiar with college basketball) but this time the public decides which California native plant wins in a social media match up!

Creating a Monarch Butterfly Study Garden

Tue, April 14, 2020
Watch the video about how our Learning by Leading CCUH SmartLawn team is helping create a Butterfly Study Garden in collaboration with the UC Davis California Center for Urban Horticulture.

Explore nature from home with iNaturalist

Thu, April 09, 2020
Download the iNaturalist app, record your encounters with insects, plants and other organisms, connect with experts who can identify the animals/plants you find, create useful data through your findings, and more!