UC Santa Cruz Arboretum and Botanic Garden

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About UC Santa Cruz Arboretum and Botanic Garden

Get ready to enjoy a beautiful, nature filled day at the UC Santa Cruz Arboretum & Botanic Garden!

It's here on the UCSC campus that you can spend the day appreciating and learning all about a number of collections filled with rare and threatened plants, which are also of unusual scientific interest.

Kids can learn all about plants from various corners of the globe, from as far as South Africa, Australia, and New Zealand, and of course plants native to the USA, particular California.

What's exciting is that if you are a family who just love botany and horticulture, many of the species in the UC Santa Cruz Arboretum collections are actually not otherwise available for study in other US botanical gardens and arboreta.

In addition to the natural world, you can find a number of wonderful opportunities for exploration and learning perfect for all ages, backgrounds, and capabilities. 

Enjoy a self-guided tour taking you around beautiful, information-packed interpretive signs which can be found near the entrances to every garden, which will help make your visit an educationally enriching experience, or join one of their guided tours!

Nature is calling kids, and it's calling YOU!

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Adults $10.00

Children $5.00 (Ages 6 to 17)

Free Under 6 years

Last Update 2023

Discount $8.00 Seniors. Free for members

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UC Santa Cruz Arboretum and Botanic Garden FAQ’s

I’m Hungry! Can I get food at UC Santa Cruz Arboretum and Botanic Garden?

You're very welcome to bring your own lunch and enjoy a picnic - there are a number of perfect grassy areas

Any top tips when visiting?

Check out any tours they offer - these include their First Saturday Tours, as well as the the soaringly popular Birds & Blooms Tours! They are an additional fee on top of admission, but worth it!

Does UC Santa Cruz Arboretum and Botanic Garden have a gift shop?

Norrie’s Gift & Garden is the perfect place to stop at the end of your visit! You can find a host of souvenirs and merchandise, plus plenty of items to make your own garden even more special!

Teachers corner

They welcome students! Give them a call in advance to arrange a tour, and there are plenty of spaces for students to enjoy their packed lunches too

Is UC Santa Cruz Arboretum and Botanic Garden fully accessible?

Many of their pathways & trails are wheelchair & walker accessible

Any additonal information?

If you love bird watching, this is the place for you!