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The UCRBG has reopened with restrictions; see our hours here and UCR Covid-19 updates here.

Botanic Gardens Hours

Open Hours:

Monday-Wednesday:

9 AM - 12 PM

Thursday & Friday:

9 AM-2 PM

1st & 3rd Sunday of every month:

8 AM - 2 PM

The Botanic Gardens is closed on major holidays and when the UCR campus is closed for academic and administrative holidays.

Please note: Gardens will be closed on August 16 & September 6, 2021

Plan Your Visit
Request a Docent (Adult) Tour
Campus Information and Resources

To ensure the health and safety of visitors, volunteers, and staff, the UCR Botanic Gardens is operating under current UCR Covid guidelines.

Docents in Butterfly Garden

Join us in the Butterfly Garden on August 15th & September 5th from 9:00 am-12:00 pm!

UCR & UCRBG COVID-19 Update

See Campus Link

The following restrictions remain in effect in the Gardens to prevent the spread of Covid-19:

  • Masks are optional for fully vaccinated individuals. Those who are not fully vaccinated are required to wear masks at all times on the UCR campus, including the Botanic Gardens

  • Maintain 6’ of social distance

  • Groups are allowed such as picnickers and those having approved photo shoots (20 individuals or fewer)

  • Gate attendants to answer questions

  • Restrooms open

  • Drinking fountains and bottle hydration stations open

  • Touchless online functions including payment of admission donation using the QR code below:

We are fortunate to be able to welcome visitors to our beautiful Botanic Gardens and provide a safe space for enjoying our gardens, wildlife, and an opportunity to get some exercise.

Please visit our website, gardens.ucr.edu, for updates on our status, hours, and virtual events.

What’s Going on in the Gardens

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Turtle pond is now open!

The Turtle Pond had silted up so much that it was too shallow to support all our turtles, fish, and other wildlife. Our staff dug it out to lower the bottom and increase the depth. The pond has reopened to the public!

Upper restrooms now open!

Our upper restrooms have been remodeled for ADA accessibility and also refreshed and repainted.

Butterfly Garden News

You may have noticed that the plants in the Butterfly Garden have been numbered. The next step is to make a display case that will house the map and the numbered list of plants. Also in the making is an ArcGIS Story Map of the Butterfly Garden. Each plant will have photos, a brief description, and which butterflies it attracts.

What’s in Bloom

The UCR Botanic Gardens are ever changing and throughout the year there is always something in bloom.

To enhance your visit, we feature a monthly "What's in Bloom" overview at the Gardens entrance and on our website.

August Blooms

Friends of the UCR Botanic Gardens Membership

The Gardens has enjoyed over 40 years of support of Friends of the UCR Botanic Gardens. Become a Friend and help make a difference!

UCR Faculty & Staff receive 10% discount on Friends membership

Use code FS10 when joining

UCRBG Memberships (Student & Individual) include:

  • Free admission

  • Early access and early admission to online and in-person plant sales

  • 10% discount at participating local nurseries and garden centers

  • eNews and quarterly digital UCRBG Newsletter

  • Discounted and member-only Gardens events

  • Use of UCRBG Horticultural Library

  • American Horticultural Society (AHS) Reciprocal Admissions Program (RAP): entitles a member to special admission privileges and discounts at 350+ gardens throughout North America

Reciprocal Admissions Program
2021 Summer Quarterly Newsletter
Join or Renew Here!

Join Our Volunteer Team

We rely on our volunteer Stewards to welcome visitors at the entrance gate and provide information about the Gardens and our policies. Become a Steward and help us expand our hours!

Volunteers are always needed to assist with critical weeding, pruning, and clean-up where the terrain is rough.

To ensure the health and safety of visitors, volunteers, and staff, the UCR Botanic Gardens is operating under current UCR Covid guidelines.

Join us as a volunteer in the UCR Botanic Gardens!

Volunteer Interest Form

Photography Policy

The UCR Botanic Gardens is largely funded by donations, memberships, and earned revenue.

The fees for admission donations and photo shoots help us provide a beautiful setting and recover some of our costs for staffing, maintenance, and operation of the Gardens.

Due to heavy demand for photo shoots, we require advance permission and charge a fee for all photo shoots (20 individuals or fewer).

To schedule a photo shoot (Thursdays, Fridays, and open Sundays), please read our NEW Photography Policy, complete the online form, and pay the required fee. Find more information on our website, gardens.ucr.edu.

Request a Photo Shoot

Support the UCR Botanic Gardens

Thank you for your support!

As UCR's living museum, the Botanic Gardens serve to inspire and facilitate education, research and interpretation of the natural world while providing a peaceful oasis from urban life. Now more than ever, the maintenance, improvement, and advancement of our gardens and programs depend upon the generosity of our community of donors and members.

Donate Today!

Legacy Gifts

Dedicated benches, trees, plaques and other items in the Botanic Gardens are a way to honor or remember a loved one or a member of the community.

The cost of an honor or memorial gift pays for the materials, site preparation, installation and memorial label or plaque; additionally, a portion of the cost is placed into an endowment for maintenance and repairs.

For more information, please contact the Director, Dr. Jodie Holt at 951-827-7095.

  • August 15- Gardens open, 8:00 am- 2:00 pm

  • August 16- UCRBG closed

  • September 6- UCRBG closed

  • October 9 & 10- Online Fall Plant Sale- SAVE THE DATES

*Please note: The Gardens are open Monday-Wednesday, 9:00 am-12:00 pm, Thursday & Friday, 9:00 am-2:00 pm, and the 1st & 3rd Sunday of every month, 8:00 am-2:00 pm, until further notice.

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