2021 - Dunbar Spring Neighborhood Tour












The Dunbar Spring neighborhood near campus is a wonderful example of sustainable practices for urban landscaping. They have built a community of neigborhood stewards who have planted more than 1600 native trees and shrubs, harvested millions of gallons of rainwater to irrigate the landscapes and reduce downstream flooding, and gathered resources to educate and inspire those in their own and other neighborhoods. Led by rainwater harvesting guru, Brad Lancaster, they call themselves the "Dunbar Spring Neighborhood Forester" and we admire and commend their inspiring work. 


To support their work, the Campus Arboretum, with donor support, hired an undergraduate student to work with the neighborhood foresters to create educational resources that empower and inspire planting, care, and use of urban 

trees. The culmination of this work is a tour of the neighborhood trees, facilitated by QR coded signs and accessible as either a self-guided mobile tour or fully remote via the web.


To take the self-guided mobile tour:

Begin the mobile tour by referencing the map image with plant names/locations. Begin anywhere  - directional arrows are suggestions for mobile participants. Locate the QR coded sign (see image on the right margin). Use your mobile device (ie. your phone camera or QR code reader app) to access the web based content for that species. Learn and repeat!


To participate in the tour remotely:

Begin the educational exercise by selecting a species name from the plant list below and clicking on the associated hyperlink. Read the web based content for that species. Return to this landing page to select another species. Repeat!









Plant List:


Senegalia greggii   |   catclaw acacia   |    uña de gato   |U:pa

Chilopsis linearis  | desert willow  | mimbre  |   A:n

Justicia californica   |   chuparosa   |   chuparosa    |   Vipismal Jeej

Prosopis velutina  | velvet mesquite  | mezquite | Kui

Olneya tesota   |   ironwood   |   Tésota / palo fierro   |   Ho’idkam

Aloysia wrightii   |   desert oregano   |   oreganillo 

Parkinsonia florida   |   blue palo verde   | palo verde   | Ko' Okma

Ferocactus wislizeni   |   fishhook barrel cactus   |   biznaga de agua   |   chiávul

Mammillaria grahamii   |    pincushion cactus   |   cabeza de viejo   |   Ba:ban Ha-:swigĭ

Celtis pallida  |  desert hackberry   |   garambullo   |   Kuwavul

Acacia constrica  |   whitethorn acacia   |   huizache   |   Giidag 

Cholla versicolor   |   staghorn cholla   |cholla   |   Ciolim

Ephedra trifurca   |   Mormon tea   |   canutillo   |   kubgam

Celtis pallida  | canyon hackberry   |   garabato   |   Koom

Prosopis pubescens   |   screwbean mesquite   |   Tornillo   |   Kuujul 

Parkinsonia microphylla   |   foothills palo verde   | Palo Verde   |   Kuk Chehedagi  

Opuntia engelmannii   |   Engelmann's prickly pear   |   nopal   |   L:ibhai naw

Agave murpheyi   |   Murphey's agave, Hohokam agave   |   maguey   |   A'ud

Larrea tridentata   |   creosote bush   |   hediondilla   |   egai

Lycium fremontii   |   wolfberry   |   tomatillo, fruitilla   |   Kuáwul



Jamie Rike, B.S. in Biosystems Engineering,  Class of 2021 researched information on 10 native species found in the Dunbar Spring neigborhood. Ultimately, she created 10 web pages describing the botanical characteristics, sustainable management in the approriate water harvesting zone, harvesting practices, and practical uses of the produce each species provides. She then designed and had signs produced with QR codes that link back to these web pages. The signs are now installed in the community neighborhood allowing visitors and residents to walk around and scan the signs to learn on site about each plant. Additionally, Jamie created the interactive mobile tour accessed through a QR coded interpretive sign that links to the content above to leads the user through the content about each plant. We are delighted to connect with these wonderful neighbors and thankful for the training provided to another Campus Arboretum intern. 






July, 2021