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
New Photography Policy
Due to high demand for photo shoots, the Botanic Gardens require advance permission and charge a fee for all group photography, with limited numbers permitted on select days of the week- Thursdays, Fridays, and open Sundays. Photographers are charged $25...
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Wild Bobcat Kittens Roaming UCR Botanic Gardens
Two bobcat kittens and their mother have been exploring the grounds at UC Riverside’s Botanic Gardens this week. A brief video shared on the gardens’ social media this week shows one kitten treading carefully on the grounds. “Walk softly and...
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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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