Our mission is to provide our visitors the opportunity to gain knowledge and appreciation of the plant world through collections that preserve and promote stewardship of worldwide plant diversity and regional agricultural heritage and also to serve faculty, students and the broader community through education and scholarly activities.


An urban oasis that is a botanical collection serving as a resource for research, education and the region's agricultural heritage that draws the community, including students and faculty, to become inspired to support its mission.


The values that form the foundation upon which the Fullerton Arboretum operates are:

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

Arboretum Strategic PlanPDF File Opens in new window

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, the Fullerton Arboretum 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, the Fullerton Arboretum 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 Fullerton 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.



Formed in 1976, The seven-member Fullerton Arboretum Commission oversees the Fullerton Arboretum. Three members are selected by the City of Fullerton's Successor Agency; three are selected by the Cal State University trustees, and the seventh is decided by vote of the other six members. Terms on the commission last for four years. Those appointed by the city may serve two terms.

The commission meets the second Wednesday of March, June, September and December, 3:00 p.m., at the Arboretum.

Current Commissioners and Appointing Authority:

Anthony Florentine: City of Fullerton Successor Agency
Kristin Prior: City of Fullerton Successor Agency
Doug Chaffee: City of Fullerton Successor Agency
Marie C. Johnson: California State University Trustees
Greg Saks: California State University Trustees
Amir Dabirian: California State University Trustees
RJ Stager: Commissioners
President: Greg Saks
Vice President: Amir Dabirian

Links to Documents about Arboretum Commission

Fullerton Arboretum Authority AgreementPDF File Opens in new window
Site LeasePDF File Opens in new window
Governance Archive
Tax and Financial Statements
Current AgendaPDF File Opens in new window

2019-20 Board of Directors, Friends of the Arboretum

Fran Colwell: President
Dr. Kathie Kingett: Immediate Past President
Steve Eldredge: Vice President, Finance
Linda Parton: Vice President, Membership/Volunteers
Katherine Pacaud: Secretary

The Friends of the 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 the Fullerton Arboretum. You may access the application herePDF File Opens in new window and return it to friendsfullarb@gmail.com.