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National Collegiate Landscape Competition Team Fund

Raised toward our $4,000 Goal
29 Donors
Project has ended
Project ended on March 31, at 05:00 PM PDT
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Thank you! To ALL Donors!

March 13, 2020

Thank you for your support of our 2020 National Collegiate Landscape Competition (NCLC) team here at Cal Poly Pomona. Unfortunately, we are writing to notify you that the competition was cancelled this year due to the rising concerns with COVID-19 (more details here).


While the students, advisers, and I all understand that the health and wellbeing of our communities are paramount, we are incredibly disappointed that we will not compete this year. The advisers met and spoke with the team last night; students were sad and frustrated, some in tears. I told the team the following: “I recently spoke with a professor at another university who was unfamiliar with NCLC. I told him about the incredible amount of dedication Cal Poly Pomona students put into preparing for their competitions; I told him about the incredible sacrifices the students make to succeed at NCLC; I told him about the incredible amount of stress students go through to memorize plant lists, practice for events on weekends and evenings. This professor asked ‘Why? Why are your students so dedicated?’, and I simply responded, ‘Because they are incredible.’”


We would not be able to provide this opportunity for our students without your generosity. Your donation helps our students have these hands-on experiences that provides the proven “learn-by doing” approach. Our students are prepared to make an immediate impact in the ever-changing workplace because of these experiences.


We plan to participate in the 2021 National Collegiate Landscape Competition which will be held at Virginia Tech March 10-13 next year. We want to be respectful of your support, and ask that you would consider allowing us to allocate your donation to our participation in the NCLC as needed. This situation is very fluid so we would ask that any donations be for the benefit and support of our NCLC efforts without regard to a year or specific date. If this is a concern, the university can certainly issue you a refund for your donation.


We will keep you posted as we plan for our participation in NCLC 2021. I told the students last night, “What do we do now? We can dejectedly call it quits for a few months and try to regroup in the fall. Or we can take this opportunity to start strong for 2021 --- keep studying, keep practicing, and if you’re graduating, find recruits to carry-on your legacy. Let’s get ready!”


Please let me and Professor Tracey Takeuchi know if you have any questions.




-Aaron Fox, Phd

-Tracey Takeuchi, MS


March 13, 2020

Unfortunately, the 2020 National Collegiate Landscape Competition has been cancelled this year due to the rising concerns with COVID-19.


Your generosity helps educate students with our proven learn-by-doing approach, which prepares them to make an immediate impact in the ever-changing workplace.


The Cal Poly Pomona team plans to participate in the 2021 National Collegiate Landscape Competition which will be held at Virginia Tech March 10-13.


We want to be respectful of the support provided thus far and will be reaching out to each of our donors to discuss next steps.


Ongoing contributions are welcome as they will assist in the campus participating in the future competitions!

NCLC crowdfunding update

February 28, 2020

Thank you for all of your support whether donating or sharing our Crowd Funding effort to fund our National Collegiate Landscape Competition team.


For more information regarding the sponsoring organization of the National Collegiate Landscape Competition please see the National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP) website-


Many people have supported our efforts both publicly and privately. The faculty, staff and students involved in this opportunity are appreciative of each and every one of our cheer leading team!


The Sea of Green Hats will prevail!! Watch for our team in Michigan when we take first place!!!


More than half way to our goal! Please continue to share our effort to your network. Ask them to share as well!




Tracey Takeuchi


Nearly There!

February 21, 2020

We are nearly 50% to our goal! Way to go network! I love the green industry! We have so many generous hearts in the Green Industry! 

We are hoping to make our goal of $4000.00 which will allow our team to travel to Lansing Michigan for the National Collegiate Landscape Competition. This competition has provided a new out look for our students, many of whom have never been outside of California! Michigan will certain be a bit of a weather shock for many of our students! Your support goes a long, long way to ensuring they all have wool socks to keep their California toes warm!


Thank you for your donations! Thank you for continuing to share our effort!




Tracey Takeuchi

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Our students are REQUIRED to have and wear their Calpoly GREEN hat so that they stand out-at the Competition site we are a sea of Calpoly Green. (It also helps to find students at the Airports!). Your donation for this level will provide one student with their required hat.


Student meals

Most of the students meals are covered by the competition participation. A few meals, however, are not. The students are often on very tight budgets. This extra amount to cover meals helps to defray their personal expenses during the trip


Dress shirt

Our students are required to wear team shirts during competition activities. In Michigan we Californians will be pretty challenged to stay warm. Our team is purchasing a long-sleeved collared shirt for each member to help them defend against the cold Michigan spring weather! Your donation at the level listed will pay for one students shirt. Our team has 30 members.



Our students require a number of specialized tools for use during their competitions from weighted sharpshooter digging spades to reinforced work gloves, climbing gear for Arboriculture to warm socks for Michigan. Your donation at this level will help provide much needed equipment, tools and gear for out students.


Van Rentals

We must transport 30 students from campus to airport, from airport to conference, and around the conference from location to location. In order to accomplish this we need to rent five 5-7 person vans for six days. The cost for these are averaging $150.00 per day. Your donation will fund one half-day for one vehicle.



Students are expected to share rooms in order to be as cost efficient as possible. The cost of hotel rooms selected by Calpoly, Pomona's advisor team are those that are the most economical, within proximity to the competition site, and have amenities such as free breakfasts to reduce our costs. Each room cost is approximately 160.00 per night (double occupancy). In addition the faculty advisors require rooms as well. A total of 19 rooms are required. The event lasts five days or a total requirement for rooms of $15,200.00. Your donation of $160.00 will pay for two students for one night at the conference venue.


Travel expenses

While we recognize that only very rare supporters will be able to fund the full amount of travel from California to Michigan, every penny helps defray these travel costs. With airlines charging all manner of (bag etc) fees, any help that can be applied towards funding travel would be greatly appreciated. The full cost of the average round trip for a student or advisor is $500.00. You may donate the full amount, or part of the amount, to help the team all travel together from one airport location to our destination and back.


Full student sponsorship

In total, we anticipate the total costs for each student to travel and compete in NCLC to be $1,500