Former UCSB Chancellor Dr. Vernon Cheadle (1962-1977) envisioned a university where learning was not confined to buildings. He sought to develop the campus environment into an outdoor classroom. Extensive ornamental horticulture now provides a unique opportunity for learning and also fulfills his dream. The diversity of plants is vast and makes up a unique living collection. There are species from six different continents and hundreds of plant families represented. With the long-term goal of obtaining arboretum status for the campus, the Campus Flora Project, funded by the Elvenia Slosson Foundation, aims to identify, map and catalog these plants.