Hours & General Information
Open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. with these exceptions:
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 lock at 5:00 pm. The last entry is at 4:45 pm. 1:00 pm late opening days occur on the 1st and 3rd Friday of each month.
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/dontate or myadv.ucr.edu. Become a Friends member online at gardens.ucr.edu/friends or by picking up a membership brochure at the entrance.
Please refer to our Photography Policy before planning your visit and photo shoot.
We welcome small group photography in the UCR Botanic Gardens and hope you will share your photos with others to enjoy. Our staff works hard to maintain a beautiful setting for your casual and special event photos. This means repairing the significant wear and tear that happens when groups assemble for photo shoots. Although admission to the Gardens is free, we request a donation of $5 per adult for small group photo shoots (up to 6) and a donation of $50 for larger groups (7 to 12 maximum).
Small group photo shoots (up to 6) are welcomed at any time the Gardens are open. Larger groups than 6, with a maximum of 12 individuals, must obtain permission in advance. This will ensure that the Gardens are open and available and that there are no conflicts with other events or groups. Please read and fill out the form in our Photography Policy and contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org 951-784-6962 to submit the form and obtain more information. If you have not received permission in advance you may be asked to leave.