On January 31, 2009, residents of University Hills, students, and campus staff joined with representatives from the Irvine Ranch Water District and the Shadetree Partnership to plant 130 native oak trees at UCI on the slopes above Bonita Canyon Drive. These trees will provide native habitat and aesthetic value along the edge of the campus. Chancellor Drake had the honor of planting the first tree. This event was one of numerous volunteer tree plantings held at UCI over the past decade and a half.
UCI is very proud to have been a partner with Shadetree since 1995. This relationship has resulted in the establishment of an on-campus tree nursery that has provided thousands of trees for UCI and its surrounding community.