UCI has a deep and rich history of research, teaching, outreach, and campus planning on issues of the environment, along with the interaction of society and natural landscapes. Faculty, staff, and students have leveraged several natural areas, gardens, and environmental facilities on or near the main campus to support this scholarship. These protected outdoor spaces comprise UCI’s Naturescape, and include the North Campus Arboretum, San Joaquin Marsh Reserve, Ecological Preserve, Greenhouse, Aldrich Park, currently un-developed parcels within the campus footprint, and active plantings associated with landscaping. Consistent with UCI’s Long Range Development Plan, the campus is currently discussing relocating one of these facilities—the North Campus Arboretum—to the main campus. This programming presents an opportunity to re-vision the Arboretum’s scope as a more extensive botanical garden that integrates UCI’s collective environmental assets to more effectively serve the campus as a living laboratory and address UCI’s current strategic plan goals.