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.