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The Wayne and Donna Pierce Trans-California Pathway Project

Raised toward our $1,000 Goal
18 Donors
Project has ended
Project ended on December 31, at 12:59 PM PST
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The Wayne and Donna Pierce Trans-California Pathway Project

What is The Wayne and Donna Pierce Trans-California Pathway?

The Wayne and Donna Pierce Trans-California Pathway is an outdoor arboretum of native California plants located on the south side of the Stanislaus State campus. The Pathway is used as an outdoor laboratory and source of material for biology classes, an educational attraction for the University and the community as a whole and a valuable field trip destination for students. It’s an opportunity to study in person what would otherwise be a classroom abstract. It's also a peaceful walking path where students and campus neighbors can stroll among trees, plants, birds and insects.

Did you know?

  • The project began with the vision of the late Stanislaus State Professor Wayne Pierce working alongside Dr. Ida Bowers and Dr. David Gotelli and the planting of 300 Valley Oak seedlings in 1988. Dr. Pierce guided the project through its first two phases before his death in August 2008, and an additional 800 plants completed the still-maturing pathway in 2012.
  • Donna Pierce, Professor Pierce's widow, worked tirelessly to see the pathway to completion and tremains an ardent promoter and supporter of the space. 

How can you help now?

Partner with us to provide funding for the maintenance of this valuable campus and community asset.

Whether you are one of the original supporters of the Trans-California Pathways project, someone who regularly enjoys the pathway or have just learned that the pathway exists, you can make a gift today to help preserve the beauty and serenity of this space.

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Thank you for planting a seed of hopefulness for the Pathway!


Honey Bee

Thank you for keeping things buzzing on the Pathway!



Thank you for your gift that can keep the brook babbling along the pathway!



Your generosity can help maintain a habitat for hummingbirds! Thank you!



Thank you! Your gift can help keep the Pathway blooming!


Blue Oak

Thank you for your stately support of the Trans-California Pathway Project!