UCSC Arboretum

Nature of Research/Program Description: 

The Arboretum is home to a world-class living collection of native flora from California, Australia, South Africa, New Zealand, and Chile. Undergraduates can assist with a wide range of horticultural tasks, conservation projects, or educational programs. There are also opportunities to work with professors who use the Arboretum as a field site.

Keywords: Arboretum; botany; horticulture; plant conservation; Mediterranean plants; native flora; summer; fall quarter; winter quarter; spring quarter; credit; paid; volunteer

Contacts: Brett Hall and Steve McCabe

Location: 
On-campus
Targeted Students: 
Motivated and enthusiastic students who want to contribute to the goals and mission of the Arboretum.
Program Time Period: 
Summer
All Year
Winter Quarter
Spring Quarter
Fall Quarter
Compensation: 
Academic Credit
Paid
Volunteer
Year Began: 
1975
Contact: 
Brett Hall
Steve McCabe
Contact Title: 
Director of Conservation and Collections
Curator of Succulents and Research Director
Contact Email: 
brett@ucsc.edu
smccabe@ucsc.edu
Program Goal(s): 
  1. To teach students about plant biodiversity and conservation
  2. To help students become more aware of nature and how it works and learn skills, techniques and methodologies for stewardship, land and botanical resource management
  3. To teach students that part of conservation is growing
Major(s): 
Biology
Ecology and Evolution
Environmental Studies
Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology
Plant Sciences