All volunteers, including student clubs, faculty, staff and community members, who wish to drive to the Santa Clara Arboretum should arrive at the location by 2:30 p.m., to receive their assignments. The Arboretum is located on Little League Drive near Snow Canyon High School off of Lava Flow Drive. DSC will also provide transportation as school vans will leave from DSC’s Old Gym parking lot around 2 p.m., and will return around 5:30 p.m.
Volunteers are encouraged to wear old clothes and shoes, and bring a hat, gloves, rakes and shovels, if possible. Refreshments, including sandwiches, chips, cookies and drinks, will be provided at the end of the event.
The project will involve pulling weeds, removing dead brush, clearing and cleaning the trail system, and otherwise helping renovate the Arboretum. In addition, volunteers will be replanting vegetation, which will go a long way to begin the restoration of the natural plant species found in the Arboretum. This is the second time DSC has targeted the Santa Clara Arboretum has part of its Campus to Community project. Students and other volunteers first teamed up to help clean up and repair the Arboretum in 2006.
The Arboretum of Santa Clara is an important outdoor treasure, and like the City itself has a long and valuable history. Located east of Santa Clara, just north of the Little League fields, the Arboretum is a unique blend of park, wetlands, and wildlife sanctuary. The Arboretum consists of unique landscape and variety of vegetation was originally the vision of Dr. Robert Shepherd, the man who hand built the Santa Clara Arboretum in the early 1980’s and has been enjoyed by many.
The Campus to Community service program was organized at Dixie State College in 2001. Campus to Community is Dixie State’s version of a nationwide trend known as service learning, designed to get college students involved in service and give them opportunities for practical application of textbook learning.
DSC’s Campus to Community program consists of one large-scale community service project each semester. Last spring, DSC students, faculty and staff teamed up with Washington City to prepare an earmarked for the City’s new sports complex, located near the Virgin River on 300 East.
Among the many other service projects DSC has been involved with in past years include planting trees for the new Southern Utah Water Conservation Gardens in St. George, a book drive to benefit literacy in local schools, and assisting with the Confluence Project in Hurricane and LaVerkin. In addition, students have held four “CANSTOCK” food drives for the Dixie Care and Share, collected money for Washington County School District leveled libraries, planted bushes and shrubs at the Canyons Softball Complex in St. George, and harvested willow stems as part of St. George City’s effort to help re-vegetate area riverbeds in the wake of the flooding of 2005.
Community members are invited to take part in all Campus to Community projects.