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Virtual Activities

Virtual Activities

To support our community during the COVID-19 pandemic, our staff and Learning by Leading™ students began focusing on sharing the health benefits of nature through virtual engagement with our larger community. (Learn more.) Their key message: Everyone can lean into nature as a source of hope, comfort, healing and wellbeing during these stressful times. Below are links to activities that can serve as a resource connect you with the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden virtually. We will continue to add to these activities, so check back frequently for updates. 


Oak Personality Quiz

Thu, July 09, 2020
Think you and oaks have nothing in common? Well, you and these majestic trees might be more alike than you think! Take our short Oak Personality Quiz to see what common traits you share.

Children's Pollinator Books Read Aloud

Mon, June 29, 2020

Students participating in our Learning by Leading Habitat Horticulture program read children's books about pollinators. These videos were created during the COVID-19 pandemic as a way for kids (and adults!) to learn more about the importance of pollinators as we all sheltered in place. 

Oak Gall's History and Life Cycle

Fri, June 19, 2020

Join our Learning by Leading™ GATEways Outreach team as they explain what oak galls (aka oak apples) are, how they are created by wasps in addition to creative ways they are used by humans to create ink in this charming and educational explainer video!

Summer Plant Guide: Top 10 List for Summer Success

Wed, May 27, 2020
It’s true that summer is not the best time of the year to install new plants, but it doesn’t mean that you can’t. Watch the latest Ask the Garden Gnomes video below for advice or scroll down to find some quick tips.

New Arboretum Zoom Backgrounds!

Wed, May 27, 2020
Download these new Zoom backgrounds to featuring beautiful photography from throughout the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden. We also have a folder of dozens of generic UC Davis branded Zoom backgrounds for those spirited Aggies out there continuing to work hard and make the world a better place from home!

Play Arboretum Bingo!

Fri, April 24, 2020
Think you know the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden? Fill out our Instagram Bingo card and maybe add some new activities to your own bucket list along the way!