The mission of Arboretum and Botanical Garden at Cal State Fullerton is to support the academic mission of CSUF with a world class living and historical collection and to provide learning opportunities for every stage of life, extending our resources into the local community and around the globe to foster an appreciation for plant conservation, botanical research and horticulture.


To have Arboretum programs and degrees exclusively offered through CSUF that inspire people of all ages to care for our natural environment.


The values that form the foundation upon which Arboretum and Botanical Garden at Cal State Fullerton operates are:

  • Environmental stewardship and conservation
  • Education and research
  • Volunteerism
  • Professionalism
  • Integrity
  • Partnering

Cultivating a Vibrant Future, 2005-2020 Strategic Plan

Greenprint: A Design for a Sustainable Future at Arboretum and Botanical Garden at Cal State Fullerton

Our Level IV Accreditation

ArbNet created its' Arboretum Accreditation Program to establish and share a widely recognized set of industry standards for the purpose of unifying the arboretum community. The program includes four levels of accreditation recognizing arboreta at various degrees of development, capacity and professionalism.

In 2017, the Arboretum and Botanical Garden at Cal State Fullerton achieved ArbNet’s Level IV accreditation. We became one of 3 arboreta in California and one of 28 arboreta in the world to achieve this highest level of accreditation.  Our accreditation was renewed at Level IV in 2023.

The Arboretum demonstrates the collaborative impact that university-based public gardens can have on bringing together diverse ideas and perspectives from across the communities we serve focused on ensuring our natural environment is appreciated, valued and sustained.  Our team collaborates on research with faculty, engages with other institutions on conservation projects and maintains our extensive tree collection with an associated database. Our nursery serves to propagate, conserve and safeguard our collections and other threatened plants. The Arboretum’s living collection is home to many important plants, including rare, threatened and endangered species, specimens collected from the wild and cultivars of historical significance, including our nationally recognized citrus collection.


Friends of the Arboretum

The Arboretum support group, the Friends of the Arboretum, has helped raise support and awareness for the Arboretum for more than 50 years.  They host evening strolls in the garden, appreciation luncheons for our volunteers, support scholarships for CSUF students and promote the Arboretum throughout the community.


2023-24 Board of Directors

Linda Parton: President
Mary Dalessi: Secretary
Marsha Adams: Treasurer

Directors: John Carroll, Daniel Gallegos, Kathie Kingett, Chris Maule, Cindy Tooley, Bill Wallace, and Debbie Williamson

The Friends may be reached via email at

Study Abroad advisor meeting with student


No matter where you are in the Study Abroad process, our advisors are always here to help you create an ideal Study Abroad experience that will align with both your personal and academic goals. To schedule an appointment or learn more about walk-in advising, please visit our Contact page.

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