University of California, Riverside

UCR Botanic Gardens

Volunteer Opportunities

Q. How can I help?

A.  There are many ways to volunteer at the Gardens, inside, outside, hands-on with plants or administrative duties.  There is something for everyone!  Please review the list below for a general idea of ways you can help.


--Attend a Volunteer Orientation Session

--Contact the UCR Botanic Gardens Administrative Office at or 951.784.6962

Plant Sale Help

While there is always plenty to do in the Gardens, there is much more work needed in the days leading up to the Plant Sale.  The Spring Plant Sale is fast approaching and we could use your help!

Tours We need Docents to lead tours. Its easy and we will train you! Demand is mostly for weekday mornings in the spring and early summer. Be a Docent!
Labeling "Spotting" and recording broken or missing labels, researching records, engraving, assembling and installing labels.
Bloom Records Observe and record plants in bloom.
Office Help A morning or afternoon commitment once a week to assist in filing, answering phones, and record keeping. Computer experience a plus but not essential.
The Nursery Propagating, potting, fertilizing, grooming, watering and organizing, also weeding, weeding and weeding both in pots and under benches.
Pond Skimming, grooming water plants and plants at pond margins, planting.
Gunther Dome Grooming, pruning, potting, sweeping, arranging, weeding, labeling.
The Rose Garden Pruning in season; weeding and mulching paths and beds, deadheading; we also need help at the Annual Rose Pruning Demonstration in January.
Iris Garden Weeding most of the year; digging, dividing and replanting in summer/fall.

There are many areas and Special Collections of the Gardens that need a Volunteer's touch - planting, pruning, mulching, watering and weeding, everything from roses to cactus:

  • Salvia Collection
  • The Fruit Orchard
  • The Daylily Collection
  • Emma Swet Bulb Garden
  • Summer-dry Bulb Garden
  • Color Beds
  • Mediterranean Section
  • Colorado Desert Section
  • Mojave Desert Section
  • Sonoran Desert Section
  • Boysie Day Baja Garden
  • Australian Section
  • The Cactus Garden
  • Miller Mem. Azalea Garden
  • Rose Garden
  • Butterfly Garden
  • Herb Garden

Be a Docent!

One of the primary missions of the Gardens is to act as an educational resource to the community. Giving group tours is one of the most important ways we do this. The role for the Docents is to provide assistance with these Garden tours, for school children and adult groups. Being a UCRBG Docent is a great way to learn about the Gardens while fulfilling this much needed volunteer roll.

YES, I WANT TO HELP!  If you are interested in being a Docent, or would like more information contact us at

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Riverside, CA 92521-0124