Help keep our Arboretum and Public Garden spaces open

UC Davis Arboretum Visitor Map

Image of the UC Davis Arboretum's visitor map.

As always, we remain open

Even during these unprecedented times, the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden's outdoor locations remain open to the public 24 hours a day, every day of the week.

In accordance with the Governor Newsom's June 18 mandate, face coverings are required outdoors in public spaces when physical distancing is not feasible. Learn more about staying safe when visiting.

Office staff are working remotely and can be reached by email: and phone:  (530)752-4880. Messages will be returned within 24-48 hours.

IMPORTANT visitor information during the COVID-19 pandemic. 
Read the latest updates from our Director.

UC Davis Arboretum Visitor Map

The UC Davis Arboretum — a small portion of the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden — is home to over 20 different gardens featuring plants from California and countries with similar summer-dry climates across the globe, including Australia, South Africa and the Mediterranean region. Some are demonstration gardens where visitors can learn about best practices in sustainable horticulture, and others feature a single plant group, such as the Peter J. Shields Oak Grove.

The main path around the Arboretum Waterway is 3.5 miles, but there is so much to see here that we have suggested three walking tours. Each loop is approximately 1 mile and will introduce you to the work we do to inspire human potential to help people and environments thrive. The average visit per loop is 45 minutes on foot.

Our gardens and outdoor exhibits are free and open to the public every day of the year. As you wander the Arboretum (see map below), keep in mind that each location has a story – hundreds of community volunteers and nearly 100 student interns are involved in every aspect of the creation, care and maintenance of our space. You can find students participating in our innovative Learning by Leading™ program converting lawn to sustainable landscapes, testing water quality, running education events and more.