Help keep our Arboretum and Public Garden spaces open

Planning Your Visit During COVID-19

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Visitation Guidelines During COVID-19

During these unprecedented times, we all have seen how spending time in nature can be a restorative, calming experience. In order to keep yourself and other visitors safe during visits, please follow the guidelines below.

Your cooperation will help us keep the Arboretum and Public Garden safe and open for the community to enjoy. We are all in this together.

General Visitation Information

The whole campus landscape is part of the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden. These outdoor locations are free and open to the public 24/7/365. While many of our staff are working to maintain our campus landscapes, due to current COVID-19 circumstances, office staff are working remotely and can be reached by email and phone (530) 752-4880 (leave message). Messages will be returned within 24-48 hours.

Learn more: Visiting | Directions, Maps and Parking

General Visitation Guidelines:

  • Practice physical distancing. Maintain a distance of 6 feet or more from other visitors. Step aside to let others pass on pathways, and take care not to trample plants.
  • Visit another time. If physical distancing looks difficult, consider visiting at a less popular time. You can also discover and explore many other beautiful and less crowded outdoor areas on campus (remember the whole campus landscape is part of the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden). Additionally, we encourage people to consider staying closer to home for your outdoor recreation. Gain new knowledge and an appreciation of your neighborhood by documenting nature using iNaturalist.org.
  • Wear a face covering. The State of California has mandated face coverings when it is not feasible to maintain a physical distance of 6 feet from other people. Physical distancing alone is not possible along pathways in most locations—especially during peak hours—so wearing a face covering is essential.
  • Do not touch anything. We cannot ensure the adequate disinfection of railings, benches, picnic benches, restrooms, water fountains, etc.
  • Use the restroom at home. Hand washing stations are available, but most restrooms are closed.
  • If you feel sick, stay home. If you feel sick, protect yourself and others by staying home and engaging with us online.
  • Keep your trash. Pack it in, pack it out. Reducing waste will greatly aid our essential workers who continue to maintain and beautify the Arboretum and Public Garden.

Picnicking Guidelines:

  • Pick a place without a crowd. Explore the less traveled parts of the Arboretum and Public Garden.
  • Practice physical distancing and wear a face covering. Maintain a distance of 6 feet or more from people outside your household and from other picnic groups.
    • Tip: Instead of throwing a frisbee or kicking a soccer ball, consider playing charades, or a app-based game that will limit your movement and help your group maintain distance from other visitors.
  • Not sharing is caring. Avoid sharing food, utensils, blankets, or any other communal items.
  • Support campus sustainability efforts. Please take all leftovers home with you for composting and recycling. Reducing waste will greatly aid our essential workers who continue to maintain and beautify the Arboretum and Public Garden.
  • Help us protect our wildlife. The Arboretum is home to more than 300 different species of mammals, birds, fish, amphibians, reptiles and insects. Do not feed the animals, including ducks and squirrels—this is harmful to their health. Remember to take all food back home with you.

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