The University of Central Florida Arboretum this week will introduce Workshop Wednesdays, free programs that focus on topics related to the environment.

The first workshop, Gardening Basics, will be held Feb. 15. The Feb. 29 workshop will focus on medicinal plants, and the March 21 event will cover environmental psychology.

All workshops will begin at 1 p.m. at the Arboretum office, trailer 525, behind the Harris Corporation Engineering Center and College of Optics and Photonics buildings.

Along with the workshops, the Arboretum continues to offer volunteer opportunities this spring.

Volunteers are welcome Monday through Friday, with most shifts starting between 8 and 10 a.m. and lasting a minimum of two hours. Activities vary daily, but include helping in the community garden or natural lands and assisting with horticultural work in campus landscapes.

Volunteers are welcome to come individually or in a group, and are advised to wear closed-toed shoes and bring a reusable water bottle.

To learn more about the Arboretum, visit