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Exploring the UC Botanical Garden

This course listing applies to a Spring 2012 course. To find current courses, check out the Find a Course page.

Spring 2012
PMB 98/198
1 Unit(s)

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About the Course:

This course is probably different than any other course you’ve ever taken.  It will be in a unique kind of “classroom,” it embodies divergent learning goals, and is far more focused on the individual. 

It is a completely unique campus experience, to say the least.

 The goal of this course is not to grill you on your understanding of course materials or the regurgitation of facts; rather, this course aims to combine all aspects of participation to lead you to a more fulfilling relationship with the UC Botanical Garden (UCBG) and all that it has to offer.  At the end of this course, you will be able to confidently lead someone on a tour around the garden, learn of all the ways you can utilize the garden, be more familiar with California native plants, and be able to recognize the costs and benefits of having such a resource at Cal.  All activities and projects are equally important to the overall experience, and we guarantee that you will enjoy doing them!

 This course places a strong emphasis on developing observational and critical thinking skills.  To really be in the world, you must first see and begin to understand how it is put together at the smallest organizational levels.  This allows you to build a concept of the “bigger picture,” how things ultimately fit together and collide in the amalgam of life experiences.  You need not have prior experience with plants or the garden, because we’ll be building from the ground up.


Some of the exploratory activities we will be engaging in include:

·         Observation and meditation exercises

·         Scientific illustration

·         Interviews/lectures with staff, volunteers, and horticulturalists/gardeners

·         Interviews/lectures with professors that use the garden for research

·         Taking guided tours around the garden

·         Practicing plant identification (especially in the California section)

·         And, ultimately, a small independent research paper on a garden-related topic.

 Each participant brings a unique academic and personal background to the course, so group discussion is paramount.  Every student will find his-or-herself drawn to different aspects of the garden and will come away with a different overall experience, and we encourage individual exploration of the garden (as well as other community gardens) outside of class time.  It is truly a unique place, where you will see something new every day.

How to Enroll:

Enrollment will be decided based on attendance at the informational meeting (which will be held on Thursday, January 19th at 6pm in 100 Wheeler), as well as the survey found at this link:

 Please fill out the survey before the meeting. ALL MAJORS are welcome; we will teach the course assuming that no one knows anything about plants, whatsoever.

Course Contact: audrey.ragsac AT, alatariel AT

Faculty Sponsor: Chelsea Specht

Time & Location:

ClassKelsey Killoran
Audrey Ragsac
15UC Botanical GardenM 1:30p-3:30p1/23full

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