UCR Botanic Gardens, students taking notes (c) UCR / Stan Lim

Visitor Information


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Hours & General Information

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The UCR Botanic Gardens are open (part days):


MON - WED, 9:00 am-12:00 pm.

THURS & FRI, 9:00 am to 2:00 pm, and the 1st & 3rd Sunday, 8:00 am to 2:00 pm.

GARDENS CLOSED 12/23/2021-1/3/2022 & 1/17/2022

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

Be sure to check our calendar of events, entrance message board, or posted signs before planning your visit. 

Gates closed and locked at noon Monday-Wednesday, and at 2pm on Thursdays, Fridays and select Sundays. 

The UCR campus calendar is posted at registrar.ucr.edu/calendar.

We request that all groups of more than 10 people schedule their visit to the Gardens in advance to ensure that your group may be accommodated. Please visit our TOURS page to schedule a Docent-guided or self-guided tour. Currently masks are required of everyone regardless of vaccination status while outdoors when 6 foot distance cannot be maintained. Masks required of students for all school tours.

Master Gardener docents  are available in the Butterfly Garden on the first and third Sunday of the month March-June & August-November, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm, to answer questions about Gardening for Butterflies including the life cycle of butterflies and which plants to choose to attract butterflies.   


Parking on the UCR campus is managed by TAPS, Transportation & Parking Services, and is available with the purchase of a temporary permit.

More information

Several parking options are available within walking distance of the UCR Botanic Gardens.

UCR Botanic Gardens Lot:

Parking (~20 spaces) is available at the Gardens entrance. The TAPS permit dispenser takes Visa, Discover, MasterCard, Apple Pay, and Google Wallet (cash not accepted). Parking is $2.00 per hour, 2-hour maximum, with no student parking.


Visitor Short-term Parking:

Short-term parking (2-hour maximum) is available in Lot 10 at the bottom of Botanic Gardens Rd. TAPS permit dispensers take Visa, Discover, MasterCard, Apple Pay, and Google Wallet and issue pay-by-space permits; permits are also available at the ParkMobile website (https://parkmobile.io/)

Visitor Daily Parking:

Daily parking is available in Lot 13 and the new Big Springs Parking Structure #2. Permits may be purchased at the ParkMobile website.



There is no charge for admission to the UCR Botanic Gardens. We gratefully accept donations of any amount since over half of our operating budget and all of our new initiatives are funded by donations and memberships. The suggested donation is $5 per adult visitor. Donations may be made in the donation box on the Gatehouse near the Gardens entrance or online at gardens.ucr.edu/donate or myadv.ucr.edu. Become a Friends member online at gardens.ucr.edu/friends or by picking up a membership brochure at the entrance.

Cashless online admission donations QR code







We now offer cashless online admission donations

Scan this code here or at the entrance gatehouse.


Policies and Guidelines

The UCR Botanic Gardens is not a park, rather a living museum with thousands of plant species in our curated collection. We are a certified wildlife habitat and home to a diversity of year-round and migrating birds, lizards, insects, and a healthy population of Western diamondback rattlesnakes. We also commonly see coyotes, bobcats, and an occasional mountain lion. For your own protection and to protect our gardens and wildlife, we ask you to respect the following policies and guidelines:

    Per UCR and/or UCR Botanic Gardens policies, these items are not allowed:


    Bicycles, skateboards, rollerblades, or operation of drones

    Alcohol, firearms, fires, or outdoor cooking

    Smoking or tobacco products

    Balloons or glitter

    Weddings, parties, or public events


    Please adhere to these UCR Botanic Gardens guidelines:

    Stay on designated trails

    Do not disturb or approach wildlife

    Do not collect or trim plant material, disturb planting beds, or climb in trees

    Children under 16 must be accompanied by a parent or responsible adult

    Group photography requires advance notification and permits


    NEW Photography Policy

    Please refer to our Photography page before planning your visit and photo shoot.


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