Hummingbird Day at the Arboretum & Botanic Garden


Hummingbird Day is Saturday, March 17,
8 am to 10 am Quiet hours for Birders/Photographers
10 am to 4 pm Family Fun and Activities

Admission: $5 Arboretum Members, $10 Non-Members, Free to UCSC Students and Children under 12

Located at Arboretum Road, West of Western Drive, Free Parking.
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Hummingbird Day is the central coast’s premier family-oriented educational event celebrating one of nature’s vibrant aerial acrobats, the Hummingbird.

Hummingbirds just can’t resist the temptation of such a plentiful supply of nectar at the Arboretum. During the event, nature lovers of all ages will see and learn about these amazing birds and the gardens that host and support them. Guests will have plenty of opportunities to watch and hear hummingbird courtship shenanigans as well as participate in a variety of activities focused on these amazing creatures.

Planned activities include:

8 am and 10 am: Quiet time for birders and photographers, ages 16 and older, suggested.

This magical time of the morning is alive with bird activity and morning light can be fantastic for capturing our feathered friends through the lens.

Tours given during this time will be geared toward ages 16 and over and will be given on a first-come first served basis.

10 am to 4 pm: Special activities for children - Children 12 and under must be accompanied at all times by an adult.

  • Take-home Craft making: mobiles, masks, finger puppets and seed balls.
  • Children’s bird walks/play
  • Face painting
  • Scavenger Hunt 11:30am-1:30pm

Educational Talks

Don't miss these exceptional presentations from our distinguished local experts

10:30 am: Dr. Michael Bolte is presenting: “Wildlife in the Arboretum” , Dr. Bolte, a UCSC Astrophysics and Astronomy professor, has been capturing some of the Arboretum’s most elusive and interesting animals through his lens for decades. Join him as he shares some of the most memorable images of Arboretum wildlife.

1:00 pm: Dr. Bruce Lyon is presenting: "Jewels of the Garden: A Darwinian Natural History of Hummingbirds". Dr. Lyon is a UCSC Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and is currently conducting research on golden-crowned sparrows.

2:45 pm: Dr. Martin Quigley is presenting: "Gardening for the Birds: Choosing Plants That Hummingbirds Love". Dr. Quigley is the Arboretum’s Executive Director and has a background in plant community ecology and landscape architecture.

Garden Tours and Beginning Birder Tours

8 am to 4 pm: Photographing the Fastest Birds in the World: throughout the event a number of our talented and dedicated amateur photographers will be "out in the field" to answer questions on techniques for photographing hummingbirds.

8:30 am to 3:30 pm: Bird and Plant-Centric Tours with experienced and knowledgeable volunteer tour guides. Family friendly tours will be available throughout the day.

Select souvenirs, gifts, and acquire the perfect plant for the perfect place at Norrie's Gift and Garden Shop.

Enjoy live music by local musicians at Norrie’s patio.

Delight in an assortment of beverages and snacks available for purchase.

Become a Community Partner and make a difference. Help Sponsor this Event!
Hummingbird Day sponsorship revenue will be used to offset the cost of admission, enabling children to attend the event free of charge. Sponsors help encourage the next generation to become environmental stewards.

Please contact the Arboretum’s Development Officer, Amber Burke at or (831) 502-2303.

Location details: 

The Arboretum entrance is on High Street/Empire Grade about 1/2 mile up High Street from the main entrance to campus. For GPS navigation, use "Arboretum Road and High Street, Santa Cruz."

Admission Required
Admission details: 

$10 Public, $5 Members, Free: UCSC students & children under 12.

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Event dates: 
03/17/2018 - 8:00am