Please support the Friends of the Arboretum and Public Garden Annual Fund! This year one of our top priorities is our Arboretum Ambassador Program. The Arboretum Ambassador program of the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden empowers youth leaders to become advocates for the environment and promoters of community well-being through nature-based arts, health and cultural programming as well as conservation education.
The Arboretum Ambassador team is part of the Learning by LeadingTM internship program pioneered by the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden. Through immersive experiences, the Arboretum Ambassador team provides undergraduates interested in environmental education with professional opportunities to learn about issues facing California’s environment and communities, develop leadership skills and apply classroom learning to real-world experiences.
One recent graduate, Doris Wu ’22, spent much of her senior year in the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden helping community members from a wide array of backgrounds better appreciate the beauty and restorative power of nature.
As an Arboretum Ambassador, Doris worked on environmental education outreach projects included hosting “Nature Rx” outreach booths and organizing “Chair Share” events encouraging people to enjoy the health benefits of spending time outdoors. And in a project with the Girl Scouts, she created beautifully illustrated nature field guides.
“I plan on pursuing a career in wildlife biology, whether in research, national parks or local organizations,” said Doris. “Learning by LeadingTM has made me more confident in my ability to navigate a job setting, solve problems and form meaningful relationships. I’ve developed a more open mind, a more well-rounded understanding of our environment—and the readiness to challenge myself!”
Learning by LeadingTM helps us grow the environmental stewards of tomorrow. Your gift helps our Friends of the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden group support these young leaders this year! Ten percent of your gift to this fund goes the Friends of the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden Endowment to provide long-term support.