University of California, Riverside

UCR Botanic Gardens

Donate to the Gardens

Donate to the Gardens

Donations are welcomed and appreciated.  In fact, the Gardens relies on private donations to help maintain the Gardens and provide funds for improvements and enhancements.

Giving to the Gardens can be done by a quick, easy and secure online credit card payment process.  Select a fund below.

Checks made payable to "UCR Foundation" may be mailed to UCR Botanic Gardens, Riverside, California, 92521

Botanic Gardens Children's Fund The fund will be used in a variety of ways to enhance children's experiences in the Gardens. These may include special educational tours and programs, outdoor class area, and demonstration materials and kits for school use. It will also support the construction of additional restrooms near the entrance to the Botanic Gardens for visiting school children. Botanic Gardens Endowment Fund Established by the Board of Directors of the Friends of the UCR Botanic Gardens, the Botanic Gardens Endowment fund provides financial assistance for the operating expenses of the Botanic Gardens. Established primarily for teaching purposes, the Gardens is a living plant museum with more than 3,500 plant species from around the world. The Gardens provide a wide assortment of plant materials for courses at UCR and for various research projects. The 40 beautiful acres also serve to test and exhibit plant species introduced from all parts of the world. This wealth of vegetation creates a hospitable sanctuary for wildlife, where nearly 200 bird species have been officially observed. Botanic Gardens General Fund Funds to be used for the purpose of the Botanic Gardens. Botanic Gardens Memorial Fund While the University provides most of the funds to run the Botanic Gardens, it cannot support it totally. The advancement, improvement, and even the success of the Botanic Gardens depends upon the generous support of the community and Friends. Dedicated benches and trees in the Gardens are a way to honor or remember a loved one or a member of the community. Dedicated benches are $6000. This pays for the bench, site pad, installation and memorial plaque. A portion of the cost is placed into an endowment for maintenance and repairs. Dedicated trees are $3000 including the tree, installation, a memorial label and a portion endowed for upkeep. For more information on dedicated benches or trees, contact the Director as advised above. Friends of the Botanic Gardens It is to collect Friends membership dues and donations to the Friends support group to help service the Friends group and the general expenses of the Friends of the Botanic Gardens Friends of the Botanic Gardens Endowment Friends of the Botanic Gardens raises funds for operational and support expenses at the Botanic Gardens. Kristine M. Scarano Memorial Endowment Fund Kristine Scarano had many jobs -- waitress, clerk, and social service worker -- before returning to earn her B.A. and M.A. degrees in English from UCR. Her students benefited from her experience and her compassion as a re-entry student. In February 1991, while teaching in the University's English Department and finishing work on her Ph.D., she succumbed to heart problems that had been diagnosed during her early childhood. In June 1991, Kristine was awarded her Ph.D. in English posthumously. In spite of her health problems, Kris was actively involved in addressing social and political problems. She belonged to several organizations committed to justice and peace. She was a staunch supporter of women's rights and a staunch opponent of military involvement in the Middle East. Kris' sister Kathryn said of her, "All of her extraordinary passion for life - its fragility and rage - she will teach us." Lynne Seymour Memorial Fund for Art in the Botanic Gardens To provide funding for the commission and purchase of art work to be placed in the UCR Botanic Gardens. The Butterfly Garden Endowment in the UCR Botanic Gardens The purpose of this endowment is to benefit the Butterfly Garden within the Botanic Gardens. The endowment fund will be administered by the Department of Botany and Plant Sciences under the direction of the Director of Botanic Gardens. All Botanic Garden Funds

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