The UCR Botanic Gardens is a living museum curated to inspire and facilitate education, research, and interpretation of the natural world. Please view calendar for business hours.
Located in the foothills of the Box Springs Mountains on the east side of the University of California, Riverside Campus, the Gardens covers 40 hilly acres. Come visit our collection and gardens, wander over four miles of scenic trails, or just relax on a bench and enjoy the beauty and vistas.
The UCR Botanic Gardens have reopened June 29 with reduced hours: MON - WED, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm, Thursday & Friday, 9:00 am to 2:00 pm, and two Sundays (1st & 3rd) per month, 8:00 am to 2:00 pm, except for major holidays, special events, and during UCR campus closure.
Featured Botanic Gardens News
The California Tortoiseshell, or Tortie (Nymphalis californica), in the family Nymphalidae, is a medium-sized butterfly with a wingspan of 2 to 2 3/4 inches. The color of the dorsal side of the wings is pumpkin orange with huge black wing...
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Jodie Holt Discusses UCR Botanic Gardens on KVCR
A Conversation With Jodie Holt, Director UCR Botanic Gardens On April 7, 2021, KVCR Inland Edition's Lillian Vasquez spoke with Jodie Holt, Director of the UCR Botanic Gardens. Jodie shared the history of the expansive and diverse gardens and how...
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On Safari at UC Riverside
People venturing into the wild hills of the Botanic Gardens or on the south edge of campus might receive friendly warnings to watch out for mountain lions. A persistent rumor holds that the big cats roam the more rugged parts...
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Virtual Presentation- The UCR Botanic Gardens: Nature Oasis in Challenging Times
UCR staff and faculty are invited to attend the online presentation titled, "The UCR Botanic Gardens: Nature Oasis in Challenging Times," presented by Jodie S. Holt, Director, UCR Botanic Gardens. This virtual event is organized by the UCR Emeriti and...
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