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Entrepreneurship Students Help Arboretum and Botanical Garden Develop Management Best Practices

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This spring, the 26-acre arboretum a at Cal State Fullerton has a new name – the Arboretum and Botanical Garden at Cal State Fullerton — emblematic of its stature as a recognized horticultural experience featuring plant life from around the world and agricultural cultivation.

Generations of Titans continue to enjoy the massive Ombu, a plant native to South America and Africa; the bamboo forests reminiscent of rural China; the conifers native to the Pacific Northwest; Louisiana’s native Bald Cypress trees; chaparral and desert plants native to California and the Southwest; as well as the home and office of one of Orange County’s first 19th-century medical doctors.

But to provide the perfect backdrop to weddings, corporate retreats, get togethers with family and friends, and a quiet study spot for the Cal State Fullerton community, the Arboretum and Botanical Garden must also be managed as a business.

In spring 2024, students in a course called Entrepreneurial Leadership are advising the arboretum on managerial best practices. The course is taught by Atul Teckchandani, professor of management.

The collaboration is part of the College of Business and Economics’ commitment to service learning — applied internship and volunteer opportunities for students that benefit the surrounding community.

Discover more about student consulting for the arboretum and how business students can consult for your business in this CSUF Business News article.

Daniel Coats