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UC Davis Centennial
100 years of service, solutions, impact
Photo: Alapay Flores learns about pollinators as part of her yearlong internship in the Arboretum Ambassador program. (Betsy Farber/UC Davis photo)

Alapay Flores learns about pollinators as part of her yearlong internship in the Arboretum Ambassador program. (Betsy Farber/UC Davis photo)

Use our service clearinghouse

UC Davis Human Corps connects campus members with the community at large to promote service through action.

Its philosophy is that by making service a part of their lives, people will build leadership, responsibility and moral judgment. Take advantage of the following services:

Location: 215 South Hall

Contact: or (530) 752-3813

Agriculture and environment

4-H Youth Development Program

The University of California Cooperative Extension 4-H Youth Development Program provides opportunities for youths 5 to 19 years old to participate in research-based experiential education activities. Adult volunteers are needed to provide leadership for the diverse array of projects and events. A corps of volunteers manages the program. “4-H” stands for Head, Heart, Hands and Health. Club members meet monthly to work on projects that range from raising and showing livestock to learning sign language and performing skits for deaf children.

Arboretum Ambassadors

UC Davis students engage the wider community in the UC Davis Arboretum through this service program. The Arboretum Ambassadors commit for a yearlong internship in which they receive academic credit, leadership training and expertise in sustainable gardening and conservation. They reach out to the public through educational programs, digital media, tours for junior high and high school students from underserved communities, and community service workdays in the garden.

Children’s Garden Program

The Children's Garden Program at the UC Davis Plant Science Teaching Center and Student Farm. Thousands of elementary school children visit the farm and garden site each spring to learn about garden ecology and growing food. The program offers hands-on training for college students, teachers, parents and volunteers who work with school gardens.

Public Service Research Program: Community-based Environmental Projects

Developed through the Community Liaison Program, community-based environmental projects link UC Davis graduate student liaisons with community members to address environmental issues and solve local environmental problems.

The Student Farm

The Student Farm offers a wide range of opportunities for students to learn about and explore the many aspects of sustainable agriculture. These opportunities include internships, formal courses and research projects.

UC Davis Arboretum

The UC Davis Arboretum relies on volunteer support in every area of operations. Annually, volunteers donate more than 15,000 hours. Prospective garden, nursery, education and curatorial volunteers participate in a seven-week training class that prepares them for their volunteer experiences. Following the general training, they receive specialized training for their specific program. The arboretum staff also welcome volunteers who prefer to work on short-term projects for volunteer workdays planting or doing garden clean-up. Service organizations are invited to join in.