UCF Arboretum


Helping Healthy Knights

Community-garden-2The UCF Arboretum not only provides educational opportunities for students and the community, but they also partner with the Knights Pantry.   The Knights Pantry offers food for free on campus. Obtainable through the space are canned goods, toiletries, and clothing. The shelves are filled up through donations made directly to the pantry or to boxes around campus. The […]

RAMP Up Your Research

RAMP banner_Cropped2The UCF Arboretum is partnering with the UCF Research and Mentoring Program (RAMP) to provide a paid ecological research opportunity in Fall 2014. The RAMP program offers students an opportunity to participate in research projects guided by faculty and to benefit from faculty mentoring. Students will also participate in a variety of workshops that were […]

Distinguished Speaker Series Launches in a Spicy New Venue

DSS Fox Individual Talk 1 v3  No Crops - FINALOn Sept. 9, Dr. James Alan Fox will be kicking off the Distinguished Speaker Series in Winter Park at Cocina 214. Fox will be speaking about “Mass Shootings in America: Myths and Realities.” Specifically, he will talk about how these events are more methodical than people imagine and that increasing our understanding of mass murders […]

What’s Happening at the Arboretum

Arboretum Summer ScheduleMany exciting ventures are planned for this summer at the Arboretum! From gardening in the Community Garden to Yoga at Oak Hammock, there will surely be something for everyone! Gardening at the Community Garden: The UCF Arboretum engages students and the community through experience based learning, research, volunteer opportunities, educational workshops and guided tours.  Establishing […]

Keep Calm and Love Mother Nature

ArborDaySustainability. Through the expression of one word, many environmental preservation efforts around the globe strive for a better tomorrow through purification and protection of our world today. UCF’s forefront programs in promoting “go green” initiatives encompass not only recycling and reducing fuel emissions, but also put great emphasis on everyone’s most cherished greenery: Trees! These […]

Arboretum, Knights Pantry Partnerhip Grows

Photo from the Central Florida Future taken by Brian WilchuskyThe produce students receive at Knights Pantry might be fresher and more healthful than anything they could buy at local supermarkets. That’s because of efforts led by the Arboretum and members of the UCF chapter of Engineers Without Borders to establish organic gardens in the local community. Knights Pantry provides up to five items of […]

The Fight for Social Justice – Distinguished Speaker This Monday, 3/10

social-justice-copy1UCF College of Sciences presents “Courting Social Justice:  Social & Economic Rights in the Developing World” Distinguished Speaker Dr. Varun Gauri, Senior Economist with the Development Research Group of the World Bank Monday, 3/10/2014 4:30pm-5:30pm College of Sciences Building (CSB), Room 101  To visit website click here.    Dr. Gauri will discuss the approach governments in the […]

Biologists Battle Dangerous Trees, With Mom’s Help, Of Course.

WillowsTurns out your mom did know best when she said, “Starve a cold, feed a fever.” A team of UCF biologists have come up with a way to loosen the chokehold a rapidly spreading tree has on the St. Johns River, and it follows mom’s advice. Depriving Carolina Willow seeds of water or gorging them […]

A Time for New Traditions

i-fGSpxdg-X3     The College of Sciences recently started a new tradition, as it held its inaugural Scholarship Luncheon in February to honor University of Central Florida 2013-14 donors and the college’s scholarship recipients at the UCF FAIRWINDS Alumni Center.  The event was created to acknowledge the achievements of the college’s most accomplished students and recognize the continued […]

Panel to Discuss Using Preserved Land to Link Florida and Georgia

Florida Wildlife Poster resizedCome MEET THE EXPEDITION TEAM and learn about their amazing adventure!  The University of Central Florida and the Legacy Institute for Nature and Culture will spread the word of an opportunity Florida has to maintain a corridor of preserved land and waterways that would run from the Everglades to the Okefenokee Swamp in southern Georgia. An […]

Arboretum Seeks Fall 2013 Volunteers

arboretumThis is an excerpt from a story in the Central Florida Future asking for summer volunteers, read entire piece here. Whether you’re interested in restoring nature trails or enhancing your gardening skills, the UCF Arboretum wants you to be its newest volunteer. Officials at the 82-acre on-campus nature preserve are searching for a team of […]

Where are all the scientists?

Screen shot 2013-04-19 at 9.18.25 AMScientist-turned-filmmaker Dr. Randy Olson, is a fan of Al Gore’s global warming movie, but asks, “Where are all the scientists?”  He sets out to make his own documentary about global warming featuring scientists, but the only backers he can find are a fabulously flaky couple who top their list of people they want him to interview with Tom Cruise (not […]

Winter Park Garden Club Endowed Scholarship

Screen shot 2012-11-12 at 11.19.52 AMThe Winter Park Garden Club is giving away two $1,000 scholarships to UCF students.  One will be awarded during the fall semester and one during the spring semester. Criteria Must hold a minimum 3.0 GPA Must be a resident of the State of Florida Must demonstrate financial need as determined by the FASFA Must be […]

Arboretum seeks volunteers for spring projects

Screen shot 2012-12-12 at 7.56.03 PMFor students interested in giving back to the environment or learning more about the region’s natural ecosystems, the UCF Arboretum is offering several volunteer opportunities the semester. Established in 1983, the 72-acre Arboretum is home to a variety of plant and animal life. “Volunteers can meet new people, achieve their New Year’s resolution to be […]

Knights helping knights

Screen shot 2013-01-02 at 4.19.43 PMAs part of UCF’s 50th Anniversary, the College of Sciences is collecting donated items for the Knights Helping Knights Pantry. To date, COS has collected 1,215.52 pounds of donated items!  If you would like to donate items, drop them off in the Dean’s Office or any COS departmental office. Learn more about our ongoing and future events […]

UCF arboretum plant guide

Screen shot 2012-12-12 at 7.56.03 PMIf you think UCF doesn’t have enough fresh greens, you haven’t been to the arboretum yet. Here’s a short guide to some of the organic plants that grow there and what they can do for you. The Arboretum at UCF partners with Landscape & Natural Resources to bring a sustainable outdoor environment to the campus. The […]

Arboretum hosts harvest activities

HarvestTodayEdit-548x396The University of Central Florida Arboretum is hosting activities with a focus on fresh, sustainably grown food that will culminate with a Harvest Feast on Friday, Nov. 30.  Participants are invited to select a type of produce from the Arboretum’s community garden and prepare a dish using the ingredient for the potluck feast, which will […]

UCF Book Festival accepting book submissions

1368361_28917487The 4th annual UCF Book Festival/Orlando will be held at the UCF Arena on Saturday, April 13, 2013. The mission of the UCF Book Festival/Orlando is to encourage the appreciation of diverse and quality literature in addition to fostering and sustaining a love of reading. Annually, the festival draws thousands of readers of all ages […]

Event: The foundations of bio-intensive gardening

1376561_44412075Join UCF Arboretum expert staff on Friday October 14th at 12pm as they walk participants through the foundations of bio-intensive gardening. Attendees will get their hands dirty in the community garden and learn how to grown their own food in the most sustainable way possible! RSVP to alex.stringfellow@ucf.edu as space is limited. For more information […]

College of Sciences hosts ecological open house

Screen Shot 2012-09-17 at 11.33.01 AMStudents and parents fought the rain and teamed up with UCF Saturday in an effort to go green during the fifth annual College of Sciences open house. The College of Sciences hosted the event where students had the opportunity to better the environment by planting mangrove plants and building oyster mats that will later be […]

Arboretum & Psychology workshop today at noon

AThe UCF Arboretum in partnership with the Dr. Fiore Psychology lab will continue their workshop series Behavior & The Environment, with a focus on waste. All students, faculty, staff, and community members are invited to join them today at 12:00pm for an educational power-point and a stimulating discussion about waste in our society. Beverages will […]