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 page before planning your visit and photo shoot.
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. We do not charge admission to the Gardens but we do require permission and charge a fee for groups, which allows us to ensure that the Gardens are open and available, manage scheduling conflicts with other events and groups, and recover some of our costs of maintaining this beautiful setting for your photography.
We welcome personal photography of plants, nature, family and friends and hope you will share your photos with others to enjoy. There is no charge or permission required for personal groups up to 10 individuals, although we encourage a $5 donation per adult. Personal groups of 11-20 must obtain permission and pay a $50 fee in advance.
University of California policy requires all photography using professional, commercial, or paid photographers, regardless of group size, to obtain advance permission and pay a fee—$50 for 1-10 individuals, $100 for 11-20 individuals. Larger groups are not allowed without approval by the Director.
To schedule a group photo shoot, please visit our Photography page, read our Photography Policy, fill out the online form, and pay the fee. Contact us at email@example.com or 951-784-6962 to obtain more information. If you have not received permission in advance you may be asked to leave.