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Picnic Day – Adventure Awaits; Saturday, April 13, 2019

Picnic Day is the most popular UC Davis event each year for visitors, alumni, students, and campus employees. The family-friendly event, with its popular parade, showcases the diversity and excellence at UC Davis, including research, teaching, outreach, and campus life.

Picnic Day 2018
Picnic Day 2018. (photo Ann Filmer/UC Davis)

Plant Sciences, one of the largest departments on campus, always has an array of hands-on displays, along with plant, popcorn, and other give-aways. Plant Sciences is always a hit with families and kids. Come early on Saturday, especially if you want a free plant. Plant Sciences events are listed below, but here’s some additional information you may need.

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Plant Sciences Events, Picnic Day 2019

Picnic Day 2018
Picnic Day 2018. (photo Ann Filmer/UC Davis)

 

          9 a.m. to noon

Plant Give-away – Always a favorite. Get some seedlings for your home garden. Come early!
Plant and Environmental Sciences courtyard

Popcorn Popping – Get a free bag of fresh popped corn.
Plant and Environmental Sciences lobby

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) in Plant Sciences – See how plant scientists use drones and aerial sensors.
Plant and Environmental Sciences courtyard

          9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Picnic Day 2018.
Picnic Day 2018. (photo Ann Filmer/UC Davis)

Fruit and Nut Research and Information – Practical advice on fruit and nut production, and best management practices. Stop by and try a sample.
Plant and Environmental Sciences courtyard

Let’s Talk Isotopes! (Stable Isotope Facility) – Find out what an isotope is and how stable isotopes are used to improve agriculture, track animal migration, and determine diets of our ancestors. Hands-on activities and edible isotopes.
Plant and Environmental Sciences building

Tomato Genetics Resource Center – Learn about the exotic and useful wild relatives of tomato, native to South America. Take a fun quiz and learn if a tomato is a fruit or a vegetable.
Plant and Environmental Sciences courtyard

          9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Picnic Day 2018
Picnic Day 2018. (photo Ann Filmer/UC Davis)

Photo Opportunity with Vegetables – Come snap your photo with your favorite veggies.
Plant and Environmental Sciences courtyard

Seed Art – Create your own art – always a favorite with kids.
Plant and Environmental Sciences courtyard

USDA and ARS at UC Davis – See exhibits on how the Agricultural Research Service benefits you and the community.
Wickson Hall

          9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Weed Doctor – Meet weed scientists and learn about weeds.
Plant and Environmental Sciences courtyard

Drone photo
Picnic Day 2018. (photo Ann Filmer/UC Davis)

Master Gardeners – Get horticultural advice for your home garden and landscape.
Plant and Environmental Sciences courtyard

Tomato Timeline – A six-panel historical review of tomato development at UC Davis.
Plant and Environmental Sciences courtyard

         10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Plant Breeding Center – Strawberry Give-away and Timeline – Visit the Plant Breeding Center table, learn about breeding, and get a free UC Davis Strawberry plant (until they run out; come early).
Plant and Environmental Sciences courtyard

          11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Picnic Day 2018
Picnic Day 2018. (photo Ann Filmer/UC Davis)

California Wildflower Show – See displays of local wildflowers, and see what flowers look like under a microscope.
Sciences Laboratory building

          Noon to 3 p.m.

 Horticulture Innovation Lab, Demonstration Center – Visit this active demonstration site, where students, faculty, and staff test new horticultural tools and show best practices for growing fruits and vegetables, especially for small-scale farmers in developing countries.
Environmental Horticulture

          1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Plant Give-away – Always a favorite. Get some seedlings for your home garden. Come early!
Plant and Environmental Sciences courtyard

Event schedule

(Article by Ann Filmer, Department of Plant Sciences, UC Davis)

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