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7 Picnic Day Exhibits That Celebrate the Environment

By Kristen Lui on April 17, 2017 in University

Picnic Day attracts over 70,000 attendees each year with over 200 events happening at UC Davis. This year, Picnic Day falls on Earth Day, so let’s highlight some exhibits that explore the environment and UC Davis’ environmental research. From insects to gardens to Lake Tahoe, here are seven ways you can celebrate Picnic Day and Earth Day together on the world’s most sustainable campus.

1. Insects in Our World

Men and women handle insects at the entomology museum during Picnic Day
(UC Davis)

At this exhibit, learn about the role of insects in various habitats, across ecosystems, in human health and social behavior, and more.

Name: Social Insects, Insect Forestry, Medical Entomology & More

Where: Briggs Hall 122

Time: 09:00AM-05:00PM

2. Color Me Delighted

A woman sitting outside shows her Earth Day painting to the camera
(Karin Higgins/UC Davis)

Tie dye your shirt using natural vegetable dyes with the fine folks of and Project Compost.

Name: Welcome to the EcoHub!

Where: The EcoHub - TB 24

Time: 11:00 AM-1:00 PM

3. Grow a Green Thumb

Children enjoy looking at the gardens and wildflowers on the UC Davis campus
(Karin Higgins/UC Davis)

Tour the orchard and beautiful wildflower gardens at the BOG! Learn about native plants and sustainable gardening with the UC Davis team.

Name: Tour the Biological Orchard and Gardens

Where: Biological Orchard & Gardens

Time: 10:00AM-02:00PM

4. Agricultural Passion in Print

A portrait of Professor Isao Fujimoto
(Gregory Urquiaga/UC Davis)

Rediscover the development of the Northern California food movement in writings by the longtime UC Davis professor and Isao Fujimoto.

Name: Spotlight: Rare Folios & Items from the Isao Fujimoto Papers

Where: Shields Library: Special Collections Reading Room

Time: 11:00 AM-2:00 PM

5. Lake Tahoe Over Time

Two research boats manned by science students float on Lake Tahoe
(Karin Higgins/UC Davis)

Learn what 50 years of research on natural variability and human activity tells us about Lake Tahoe’s clarity, physics, chemistry and biology.

Name: Lake Tahoe Environmental Research

Where: Hart Hall 1130

Time: 10:00AM-03:00PM

6. Plants Up Close

A young man looks through a microscope at a herbarium specimen of a wildflower
(Gregory Urquiaga/UC Davis)

Get an inside look at what goes on at the UC Davis Center for Plant Diversity Herbarium.

Name: Wildflowers Under the Microscope

Where: Sciences Laboratory Building Lobby

Time: 11:00AM-03:00PM

7. Earth's Hottest Topic

Viewers stand in front of a screen showing a digital image of the globe
(Gregory Urquiaga/UC Davis)

What is global climate change? Come here to explore Earth's climatic trends, what has changed over the past century, and what the future may hold.

Name: The Climate Forum

Where: Hoagland Hall 113

Time: 01:00PM-1:45PM

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