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

Arboretum Accreditation Program

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, Arboretum and Botanical Garden at Cal State Fullerton achieved ArbNet’s Level IV accreditation. We became one of three arboreta in the state of California and one of 28 arboreta in the world to achieve this level of accreditation. As part of California State University, Fullerton, Arboretum and Botanical Garden at Cal State Fullerton collaborates on research with faculty, engages with other institutions on conservation projects and has an extensive tree collection with an associated database. Our nursery helps 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.



The Joint Powers Agreement ended December 3, 2020, making Arboretum and Botanical Garden at Cal State Fullerton a fully integrated department within the self-support division of Extension and International Programs at CSUF.


2022-23 Board of Directors, Friends of the Arboretum

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 of Fullerton Arboretum are seeking applications from persons interested in learning more about serving as a member of the Board of Directors of the Friends of Fullerton Arboretum. You may access the application here and return it to

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