Picnic Day

Picnic Day schedule of notable events

This listing is organized by location. If you are in a particular area of the UC Davis campus, see what else is going on nearby.

Aggie Stadium
* Football Practice
9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Football practice at Aggie Stadium.

Dobbins Baseball Complex
* Baseball vs Long Beach State
1 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
UC Davis Baseball takes on Long Beach State.

ARC Open House
11 a.m. – 4:00 PM
Come through and see the facility features like the fitness room, racquetball courts, and rock wall and how
they have changed over the years!

Cruess Hall
* Origami Aggie
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
A herd of life-sized origami horses.

Freeborn Hall
* Picnic Day Pancake Breakfast
7 – 9:30 a.m.
Alumni and friends are invited to enjoy a hearty breakfast to start off your Picnic Day. Pricing $10 (CAAA members/$15 (non-members)/$8 (children).

* Picnic Day Fashion Show: Raw Edge
1 – 2:30 p.m.
This Picnic Day fashion show displays signature collections of the senior design students.

* Davis Dance Revolution
7:30 – 10:30 p.m.
Many of UC Davis’ best dance groups will compete in the traditional and modern dance categories to take home 2014’s championship prizes. Tickets available on tickets.ucdavis.edu

Hart Hall
* Fun and Games With Child Development
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Participate in sensory games, fishing games and fun with bubbles! Come learn more about new research opportunities for children!

Hoagland Hall
* The Amazing Atmosphere
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Visit the Atmospheric Science department (Hoagland Hall) and enjoy free balloons, children’s activities, a weather station, and small science demos about our amazing atmosphere!

* The Amazing Atmosphere Show
Noon – 4:30 p.m.
113 Hoagland Hall
Clouds, tornadoes, and wind OH MY!! Enjoy a premier demonstration of atmospheric phenomena from graduate students in the Atmospheric Sciences.

* The Climate Forum
1 – 1:45 p.m.
113 Hoagland Hall
What is global climate change? What is causing it to occur? Come learn about Earth’s climatic trends, how they have changed over the past century, and what the future may hold.

Hunt Hall
* Living Laboratory
8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Hunt Hall Courtyard
Come and explore our student-built living laboratory exhibits featuring sustainable building practices in Landscape Architecture.

Hutchison Hall
* Plant Pathology Picnic Day Display and Plant Giveaway
10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Foyer and Lawn
Come learn about the exciting world of Plant Pathology and get a free strawberry plant!

Memorial Union
* UCD, Bodega Marine Laboratory
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Memorial Union Tables: Invertebrates, touch tank, microscopes, course and laboratory information. Answering questions about the new UCD major in Coastal and Marine Science!

* UC Davis Olive Center
11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Come Sample UC Davis Olive Center Olive Oil – Made from UC Davis Olives!

* KDVS Radio Public Tours
10 a.m. -4 p.m.
Lower Freeborn
Come tour the KDVS Radio Station.

Plant and Environmental Sciences Lobby (PES)
* Seed Biotech Display
9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Exhibit Panels relating to seed biotechnology research.

* The Tomato Timeline
9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
A six panel historical review of tomato development.

* Plant in a Bottle
9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
See a plant’s roots up close!

* Popcorn Popping
10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
After watching the corn shelling, stop by the popcorn station to enjoy the finished product.

PES Courtyard
* Edible “Soil” Profiles
9 a.m. -10 a.m.
Soils are made up of distinct horizontal layers, called horizons. Together these horizons make up a soil profile. Come learn about soil profiles from a tasty demonstration of the various horizons!

* Exotic Food Tasting
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
PES Courtyard Lawn
Stop by to test your taste buds. Try a new fruit!

* Plant Give Away
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Distribute seedlings for planting.

* Dr. Dirt
9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Do you have questions about your yard or home garden? Come talk to us about the soil in your garden! You can even drop off a local soil sample for free lab “diagnostic” tests.

* Sierra to the Sea Walkway
9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
This walkway pays homage to the large diversity of soils within California. Stop by to see this impressive variety on a self-guided tour of the soils from the California Sierra to the California coast.

* Soil Art
9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Come paint watercolor on paper plates with soil!! Soil comes in a variety of colors, from bright red to dark earthy tones and more. Express your artistic side while learning the science behind these brilliant colors.

* Soil Properties-Activities and Demonstrations
9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Ever wonder what makes some soils more suitable for agriculture? Come learn about the different textures and properties of soil, from clays to sands, and what their functions are.

* Beneficial and Toxic metals in your drinking water.
9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Free analysis of well and tap water. Rinse a used plastic water bottle with the water being sampled then refill halfway.

* Groundwater and Surface Water/land Interactions!
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
See groundwater in motion at the Hydrologic Sciences Graduate Group’s groundwater models interactive exhibit. While observing groundwater flow and “pollutant” movement in see-through microcosms, discuss water sustainability with hydrologists.

* Aggie Mentors Science Fair
9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Exciting research projects like “How fast do different packing materials decompose?”; “Effects on copper: cleaning pennies with chemicals” will be presented by high school students and their UCD student mentors.

* Photo Opportunity with Veggies
9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Stop by to snap your photo with your favorite veggie.

* Seed Art
9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Create your very own seed art. It is fun for the entire family.

* The Weed Doctor
9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Meet Weed Scientists and learn how to help you deal with your weed problems at home.

* Agronomy IQ Test
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Try to identify the plants we have in our exhibit.

* Corn Shelling
10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Come watch and learn about corn shelling then experience freshly popped corn.

* California View – Come and Play With Us!
9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Puzzle your way through California’s topography. Bring your swimming gear to slide along California’s water ways.

* UC Master Gardener Program
10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Meet our Master Gardeners and receive horticultural advice finished product.

* Police Department Police Exhibit
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Community Policing-Open House

* UC Davis Army ROTC
10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Join ROTC, the college elective for students that provides unrivaled leadership training for success in any career field. Army ROTC also offers scholarships that can pay up to the full cost of tuition and open educational opportunities.

Storer Hall
* Evolution Demystified
9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Come learn about the diversity of life and how animals and plants have evolved to survive and compete!

* The Amazing World of Plants
11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Conservatory/Middle Greenhouse
Carnivorous plants, orchids, cacti and succulents, ferns, and many more from diverse habitats around the world will be on display with staff and experts to answer your inquiries and consult on your horticultural questions.

Wellman Lawn
* AggieTV Video Booth!
9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
What makes the 100th Picnic Day special to you? Participate in the 100th Picnic Day video booth and capture your memories with us! Our video crew will interview and film you at our AggieTV booth.

Wickson Hall
8 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Stop by our booth to learn how the Agricultural Research Service benefits you and the community.

* Fantastic Food Web Fun
9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
How does energy flow through a food web? Try our bean bag game and find out.

Academic Surge
* The American Fisheries Society Fish Aquarium Display
8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Academic Surge 1375
Live fish display in six 40 gallon aquariums and one 50 gallon aquarium.

* Flight/Space Simulators and Aerospace Displays
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Academic Surge 1113
Visit the HRVIP Lab to fly an aircraft simulator or take a simulated spacewalk outside the International Space Station!

* California’s Wildlife: A Hundred Years of Change
10 a.m. – 3:00 PM
Academic Surge 1371
Experience exhibits on California’s wildlife and fish, endangered species, birds of Putah Creek present and past, and more…

* The Wildlife Society – Davis Student Chapter
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Main Hallway
Come visit us and get your face painted.

* A Century of Insects
10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
1124 Bohart Museum
The world is changing. See insects that have been recently discovered and insects that are threatened and extinct.

Bainer Hall
* Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream
9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Bainer East Lawn
Come try AIChE’s famous liquid nitrogen ice cream!

* Build and Play Your Own Robots Using Robot Modules!
9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Come to see, play and create the robot of your imagination!

* CHMS Department Alumni BBQ
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Bainer East Lawn
The CHMS Department is welcoming graduates to the annual Alumni BBQ! This is an opportunity for Alumni to reconnect, network, and socialize with peers.

* Helicopter Obstacle Course
Noon – 2 p.m.
Lower Hallway
Fly RC Helicopters and learn how they work!

Briggs Hall
* Bug Doctor
9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Briggs Entrance
Bring insects from your home and garden for identification.

* Cockroach Races
9 a.m. – 4:00PM
Briggs Entrance
Choose a roach racer and see who wins!

* Honey Tasting
9 a.m. – 4:00PM
Enjoy a wide variety of honey flavors, while learning about the important services honey-bees provide us.

* Little Swimmers and Fly-tying
9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Briggs 158
Learn about fly-tying from professional fly-fishermen and see live specimens of the insects they’re mimicking.

* Maggot Art
9:30- 4:00PM
Dip maggots in non-toxic paint to create unique works of art!

* Social Insects, Medical Entomology and More
9 a.m. – 4:00PM
Briggs 122
Exhibits from labs across the department: Medical, Forensic, and Forest Entomology; Social Insects; and Vector Control.

* Termite Trails
9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Create a chemical trail for termites and watch them follow your path.

* T-shirt Sales
9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Briggs Entrance
The Entomology Graduate Student Association is selling their famous, insect themed T-shirts!

* UC Integrated Pest Management
9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Briggs Entrance
Learn how to control insect pests in and around your home, garden, and yard.

* Face Painting
10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Briggs Entrance
Free insect face art!

* Toxin Hunt
11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Chasing the Toxins. Come visit our interactive ‘toxin hunt’ exhibit to learn how we accumulate toxins from our environment and ways to reduce your exposure.

* Biotechnology Event
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
148 Briggs Hall
The Biotechnology Program exhibit allows the general public to have a hands on experience in various biotech related experiments including cheese-making, the new developments for stonewash jeans dye, and DNA extraction.

Craft Center
* Craft Center Open House
Noon – 3 p.m. You are invited to come see the creative possibilities available to all at the Craft Center. Demonstrations will be held in all ten of the studios including wood, ceramics, textiles, glass, etc

* Earth and Physical Sciences
Tour the Geology/Earth and Planetary Sciences Department
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
1362 Earth and Physical Sciences
Geology rocks! Geological facts, fossils and fun. Talks starting at 1 and 2 pm

* What We Didn’t Know Then About the Earth and Know Now
1 – 2 p.m.
1317 Earth and Physical Sciences
From plate tectonics to climate, the last 100 years have seen a complete revolution in our understanding of the Earth.

* Geology talk: Journey to the Bottom of the Sea by Dr. Jim McClain
2 – 3 p.m.
1317 Earth and Physical Sciences
Journey to one of the most remote places on the Earth, the bottom of the sea! We will travel to the mid-ocean ridges, and see the geology and biology at the seafloor.

Everson Hall
* Tie Dyeing with Textiles
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Come by to tie dye your own T-shirt or tank top! Create your own unique design using different chemicals and dyes available!

Giedt Hall
* Materials Science Magic Show
11 a.m. – noon
1001 Giedt
Want to see some new applications of materials in our daily lives? Come to our interactive magic show to see some amazing demonstrations of both unique materials and properties of your everyday materials!

Kemper Hall
* Interactive Electronic Exhibits
10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Play a song on a harp with laser strings! Dance under a spotlight that follows where you go. Play games on a proximity-sensing surface and communicating spheres.

* College of Engineering “Meet The Deans”
11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Meet the College of Engineering Deans and visit department activities.

* Biomedical House of Horrors
Noon – 2:30 p.m.
1127 Kemper
Brave your way through creepy corridors of health horrors. Watch Biomedical Engineering save the day. Ticket distribution: 11 a.m. Mathematical Science Building

* Adventures in Math and Stats
8 a.m. – noon
Exhibits exploring the science of number theory and probability.

Meyer Hall
* Department of Environmental Toxicology Exhibit
10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
1135 and 1138 Meyer Hall
Toxicology research and information displays, toxic plants exhibit, ladybugs, ETOX advising information, ETOX Club, student posters, children’s crafts, learning activities.

* Avian Hatching Display and Handling
11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
1130 and 1138 Meyer Hall
Avian science faculty, staff, and students will host the chick hatching and handling events, with baby chickens and quails.

Roessler Hall
* Physics is Fun
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
168 Roessler
Physics makes the world go ‘round! Come experience cool physics demos, and learn how modern technologies are applications of basic physics.

* Amazing Physics
2:45 – 5:15 p.m.
66 Roessler
Find out about exciting Physics research done at UC Davis.

* 16th annual Physics Show
12:10 – 2:30 p.m.
66 Roessler
Wires disappearing with a bang! Solid objects levitated by invisible fields! Science triumphing in the face of danger! Don’t miss the UCD Physics Club’s Sixteenth Annual Physics Show.

Rock Hall
* Chemistry Magic Show
10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
The UCD Chemistry Club and Department of Chemistry will show off their “magic” at 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. and 1 and 2 p.m. Tickets for all the shows will be given away at 10 a.m. to those waiting in line outside Rock Hall. Tickets are free, but there is a maximum of two tickets per person in line. Tickets become invalid 5 minutes after the doors open for the show specified on the ticket. Any unfilled seats at that time will become available to people waiting outside.

Science Lab Building
* Microbiology Exhibit
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
2090 and 2098 SciLab
Come and explore the world of Microbiology.

* Optical Illusions and the Human Brain
10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Second Floor Study Lounge
Interested in how your brain works? Come trick your brain at the NPB Department’s exhibit on optical illusions!

* “Pie” a Pre-med and College of BioSci Table
11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Support local K-12 education: purchase some C.B.S apparel or throw a pie at a pesky premedical student!

* California Tree and Shrub Display
11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
California tree and shrub display with fresh samples and dried herbarium specimens.

Shields Library
* Picnic Day: A Century of Celebration
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Special Collections presents an exhibit highlighting a century of Picnic Day, drawing on historical photographs and memorabilia from several University Archives collections including the Picnic Day Collection and the University Archives Photographs.

* Shields Library Open House
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Book it to the Library for an open house and self guided tour!

Student Community Center
* ASUCD Alumni Reunion
11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Multipurpose Room
Were you involved in ASUCD while you attended UC Davis? If so, we would like to invite you back for the ASUCD Picnic Day reunion.

Surge III
* Cat Walk!
9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
1309 Surge
Come enjoy cats from local feline rescue groups, FMC’s Orphan Kitten Project demo, and face painting!

Robert Mondavi Institute North
* Coopering Demonstration
12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
Watch a local cooper transform oak staves into a barrel like those used for aging fine wine and spirits!

Robert Mondavi Institute Sensory Building
* Department of Food Science and Technology
10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Free Ice Cream, Jelly Belly, Del Monte, Tours of Facilities, Demos

* Pollination Day
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Honey tastings, educational displays, pollinator costumes, movies and crafts for kids!

* Department of Food Science and Technology
10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Come tour our state of the art facilities: Pilot Brewery, Milk Processing Lab, and Food Processing Pilot Plant! Free jelly bellies, dried fruit donations from Del Monte, and free ice cream from Raley’s!

* Sensory Demonstration
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
RMI Sensory Room 2003
How keen is your sense of smell? Stop by and test your olfactory prowess in our sensory laboratory.

Robert Mondavi Institute South
* Grapevine Pruning Demonstration
11 a.m. – 11:20AM
Come learn about the special pruning techniques used in the cultivation of grapes grown for wine production.

* Grapevine Giveaway
10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Meet grape-growing and winemaking students as they hand out potted grapevines of varieties used to make your favorite wines.

Robert Mondavi Institute Winery and Brewery building
* Winery, Brewery, and Food Science Laboratory Tours
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Get an inside look at the new 34,000-square-foot facility. It’s the first building of its kind to be awarded LEED Platinum certification!

Hickey Pool
* Water Polo Alumni Game
9 – 10 a.m.
Come and enjoy the alumni game! Please enter using front wooden door entrance (facing MU).

North Hall
* Counseling and Psychological Services and The House Program
10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
North Hall Porch
Wondering what resources are available to help you manage stress and other mental health concerns?

* Social Sciences Building
L&S Alumni & Friends Picnic Day Luncheon
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
* L&S Alumni and Friends Picnic Day Luncheon hosted by the Deans.

* Davis Inside Out
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
An enormous photo collage of students, faculty, and citizens.

Young Hall
* Anthropolooza
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Primate skeletons, fossil hominids, experimental archaeology? We’ve got it all!

Alumni Center
* Alumni VIP Zone
10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
AGR Room
Members of the Cal Aggie Alumni Association, Parent Association and Student Association are invited to join us in our exclusive VIP Zone. Enjoy snacks or refreshments while you mingle with fellow Aggies and friends.

Lake Spafford
* Battle of the Bands
2 p.m. – 10 p.m.
University Marching Bands from around the state gather to entertain the crowd, both together and individually.

Mondavi Center
* Mondavi Center Concerts, Comedy and Instruments
10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Jackson Hall
The Mondavi Center celebrates with the UC Davis Symphony Orchestra, comedy, local bands, building tours and an instrument petting zoo!

The Richard L. Nelson Gallery
11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Plan to stop by the Nelson Gallery to enjoy the current exhibit and to learn all about the new Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art which will break ground in 2014. The Davis Art Salon Presents: Degenerate Art. Come vote for your favorite piece of art on display and help the community curate an exhibition at the Nelson Gallery. Voting from 11am-5pm on Picnic Day!

* Parent and Family Picnic Day Reception
1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Join us for a special reception with root beer and entertainment ft. a unique exhibit at the Nelson Gallery. The Director of the Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art will be joining.

Vanderhoef Quad
* UC Davis Arboretum and Public Gardens
10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Join us for family-friendly hands-on activities that feature the Arboretum & Public Garden’s focus on sustainable gardening. Plant an eco-pot!

* Alumni Zone
10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Alumni and friends, come join CAAA in the alumni zone for free photos, activities and fun!

Wyatt Pavilion
* Oracle of the Western Shore (MFA Thesis Project)
11 a.m. – noon
Peet Cocke and Andrea del Moral’s adaptation for the state of the novel “Voices” by Ursual Le Guin is being brough to life by a group of talented undergraduate students!

Wright Hall
* Oracle of the Western Shore (MFA Thesis Project) Performances
12:15 p.m. -2 p.m.
Wright 101/Lab A
Lindsay Beamish and Deirdre Morris perform their pieces.

* Oracle of the Western Shore (MFA Thesis Project) Performances
12:15 p.m. -2 p.m.
Arena Theatre Wright 120
Mary Ann Brooks will perform a movement piece.

Welcome Center
* Welcome Future Aggies
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Come ask Undergraduate Admissions how you can be part of our university’s next 100 years!

— Information provided by UC Davis Picnic Day committee

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