about the club


The botany club meets every other Thursday in 2064 Sciences Laboratory Building at 5:30pm. See the calendar of events for meeting dates for each quarter. To become a member, you must attend at least two meetings within a quarter.


The botany club maintains an email list for meeting announcements, trip notifications, and to let members know about current job and internship opportunities. If you would like to subscribe to the listserv, please contact the club president.

Field Trips

The club makes regular foraging trips into Davis habitats and nearly everywhere else in California. Truly, a great reason to join the club is for the trips. The cost is always held to a minimum, and financial assistance may be available for the longer spring and winter break trips.

Winter Break Trip

The club schedules trips for a week or longer between the Christmas and New Year's holidays. Past trips have included Baja California, the Grand Canyon, and southern California botanical gardens.

Spring Break Trip

In past spring break trips, the club has toured the Carrizo Plain, Morro Bay, Anza Borrego State Park, Mojave Desert, Santa Cruz Island, southern Arizona, and Baja California.

Orchid Fair

Every February, the club gets a group together to attend the Orchid Fair in San Francisco. It's a massive event and a chance to see some very unusual orchids.

Picnic Day Parade

In 1999, the club received a grant from the Cal Aggie Alumni Association to create a float for the "Mooving into the Future" theme. The float featured rows of genetically modified tomato plants and club members dressed as scientists with large tomatoheads. The club participates in the parade every year - what will we do for the next parade?


Each year, the club designs and prints an original t-shirt. Past designs have included Bigelow's monkey flower, Hibiscus, live oak, "plantheads", pitcher plants, retted leaf, boojum tree, Japanese Cobra Lily, peltate scale trichome. The current design is an illustrated plant composed of nearly every major plant anatomy feature. Regular cut t-shirts are $12 for members and $15 for non-members, special cut or long-sleeved t-shirts are more. The club sells t-shirts at the meetings and at various campus fairs and events throughout the year such as picnic day. For more information on t-shirts, contact the club treasurer.

Fund Raising Events

Fund Raising Events include movie nights and plant sales. Volunteers for the events are always welcome!

Work Parties

Our work parties give club members the satisfaction that only controlled shaping of the landscape can provide. Tools such as shovels, rakes, and hula hoes are provided.

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