Hours & General Information
The UCR Botanic Gardens are open (part days):
HOURS: Monday-Friday, 8:00 am-3:30 pm (last entry at 3:00 pm, gates locked at 3:30 pm) & 1st & 3rd Sunday 8:00 am-2:00 pm (last entry at 1:30 pm, gates locked at 2:00 pm
GARDENS CLOSED: June 19th (holiday), July 4th (holiday), September 4th (holiday)
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.
All groups of more than 10 people should schedule their visit to the Gardens in advance to ensure that your group may be accommodated by submitting a tour request. Please visit our TOURS page to schedule a Docent-guided or self-guided tour.
Beginning April 2, 2023, Master Gardener docents will be available in the Butterfly Garden on the first and third Sunday of the month March-October, 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. All vehicles parked on campus are required to have a valid parking permit at all times.
If a dispenser is malfunctioning, additional options for visitors to purchase parking:
· BG Lot: ParkMobile App (Search Zone 2477)
· Lot 10: ParkMobile App (Search Zone 2461)
· Lot 13 Blue: ParkMobile App (Search Zone 2492)
To report an issue with a pay dispenser contact TAPS at 951-827-4133.
Several parking options are available within walking distance of the UCR Botanic Gardens.
The suggested admission donation is $5 per adult visitor. Donations may be made in the donation box on the Gatehouse near the Gardens entrance or online by using the QR code below. Other donations may be made at gardens.ucr.edu/donate.
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: