Help keep our Arboretum and Public Garden spaces open


Volunteers get green light to come back!

Mon, April 26, 2021

Last week, during National Volunteer Appreciation Week, we were thrilled to once again welcome community volunteers back to the landscapes and nursery. This comes after our Arboretum and Public Garden volunteer program was put on hiatus over a year ago due to pandemic-related campus health and safety restrictions.

McBride Family Legacy Lives On

Mon, March 09, 2020
Don McBride likes digging in the dirt... and giving back to his community. Those interests have led to his passion for volunteering with and supporting the Arboretum and Public Garden!

Resolve to get outside, make a difference

Fri, December 27, 2019
The UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden is looking for volunteers! This could be your chance to not only work with nature, give back to the community and connect with new people, but also receive expert instruction and an opportunity to be involved hands-on projects that improve the local and regional environment. Deadline to apply is Friday, January 17, 2020.

Community Volunteers Play Key Role in Arboretum Maintenance

Sun, December 08, 2019
You have walked in the Arboretum and shown it off to your out-of-town guests, but you may not know that those paths you walk and those plants you enjoy are taken care of by talented teams of trained community volunteers.

2020 Volunteer Recruitment

Mon, September 09, 2019
Volunteer with the Arboretum and Public Garden! Apply by Jan. 17, 2020

We are currently recruiting volunteers to join our gardening and land stewardship teams. 

Apply Now!

2019 Volunteer Recruitment

Wed, December 19, 2018
We are seeking new volunteers to join our gardening, plant sale support and land stewardship volunteer teams. Applications are due Friday, January 18. Space is limited. Apply now!

Volunteer FAQ

Volunteer FAQ

This sheet will answer many of the most common questions for prospective volunteers. If you have questions not answered here, please contact Roxanne Reynolds at (530) 752-4880 or


COVID-19 Announcement



Although we are not currently recruiting for any positions due to the COVID-19 situation, you are welcome to fill out our online application. When we are able to take on additional volunteers, we will contact you.

Apply Online

Volunteers swap plants and gardening tips

Wed, December 14, 2016
In November, we hosted our second annual volunteer plant swap. Over 30 volunteers came out with seeds, plants and supplies of all sizes to share their knowledge and gardens with each other.