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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.

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The Arboretum and Public Garden includes the historic Arboretum — a 100-plus acre campus and regional amenity comprised of demonstration gardens and scientific collections — the Putah Creek Riparian Reserve — a rare stream and grassland ecosystem managed for teaching, research, wildlife and habitat protection — and the rest of our 5300-acre campus.

As specialists in sustainable landscape management and public engagement, and in support of our university’s environmental science expertise, we operate these areas as outdoor museums and living laboratories. Each holds opportunities for engaging and inspiring students to become environmental leaders, for the public to learn about the importance of sustainable gardening and natural land management practices, for visitors to informally explore the academic richness of UC Davis and so much more!

There is no charge to visit the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden; our gardens, natural areas and landscapes are open 24 hours a day, every day of the year. We welcome families, visitors of all ages, even dogs on leashes. Learn more by dropping by the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden Headquarters; the office is open Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 1 – 5 p.m. 

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    Visitor Map

    Check out the Arboretum visitor map which offers options for three different walking tours and includes suggested places to park for each.  Learn more.


    Parking is available at several visitor parking lots along the length of the Arboretum. Parking is free on Saturday and Sunday and costs $10 for daily parking and $1.50/hr for hourly parking on weekdays. Parking may be purchased through the ParkMobile app or website. Learn more.

    Suggested starting points:

    Download the Arboretum's Visitor Map to see our 3 suggested loop trails.

    Picnic areas, restrooms and paths

    Accessibility Information

    The west end of the Arboretum and the Arboretum Terrace Garden (limited hours) at the east end of the Arboretum are level and most easily accessible to wheelchairs and people with limited mobility. Disability accommodations for programs will be provided with advanced notice. Please call 530-752-4880 or email your request to at least two weeks in advance.

    We also offer PDFs of our educational exhibits for visitors with limited mobility. Click here to see a list of our destinations with downloadable exhibits


    For the safety of visitors and wildlife, dogs must stay on leash in the Arboretum.


    Feeding ducks, or any waterfowl, is NOT PERMITTED on the UC Davis campus.

    Visit the UC Davis Putah Creek Riparian Reserve

    Image of the UC Davis Putah Creek Riparian ReserveThe UC Davis Putah Creek Riparian Reserve is a 640-acre natural riparian and grassland ecosystem that runs along the southern edge of the UC Davis campus. Maintained and operated by the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden, the campus utilizes the Reserve for teaching and research purposes, wildlife and habitat protection, and community engagement.

    Visit the main UC Davis Putah Creek Riparian Reserve page for directions, parking information, rules, regulations and more.

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