Other Centers & Institutes


Postharvest Handling and Food Safety

  • Postharvest Technology Center – The UC Davis Postharvest Technology Center provides online information on storing fresh fruit, vegetables, and ornamental crops.
  • UC ANR Publications – Many online publications are available from UC ANR on gardening, pests of the home and garden, food processing, food storage, food safety, and related topics.

Research and Information Centers at UC Davis

UC Davis has a number of plant-focused research and information centers (RICs) that provide information and programs for agricultural/environmental professionals and for the general public.

Educational Programs for Children

  • School Gardening Program – The School Gardening Program at UC Davis’ Student Farm provides hands-on trainings and resources for school gardeners, along with scheduled visits for school groups.
  • 4-H – Many 4-H Youth Development programs in California offer plant-focused programs for children. Check the UC ANR 4-H website for information on local 4-H clubs and programs.

Plant-focused Places to Visit at UC Davis

  • Picnic Day – UC Davis’ campuswide “open house” happens every April on a mid-month Saturday. The Department of Plant Sciences, like numerous other departments on campus, offers hands-on learning opportunities, food tasting, and general fun for people of all ages. Check the UC Davis website periodically for Picnic Day dates.
  • Arboretum – The UC Davis Arboretum is open every day, at no cost, for the general public (there is a parking fee on weekdays). The Arboretum provides opportunities for exercise, walking, and bicycling, along with signage to learn about California plants and their environment. The Arboretum also offers docent-led educational programs (check the website for specific program dates).
  • Center for Plant Diversity – The Center for Plant Diversity (aka “Herbarium”) at UC Davis is a repository for dried plant specimens, which are used by researchers for plant identification. The center offers various programs for the public, along with open-house days. Check the website for event schedules.