Gardens reopening update

By UCR Botanic Gardens |

The UCR Botanic Gardens are now open! To ensure the safety, security, and health of our staff, volunteers, and visitors, hours are currently limited to Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. until 12 noon, with masks and physical distancing required.

The UCR Botanic Gardens reopened on June 29 following approval of a rigorous reopening plan that follows CDC guidelines and recommendations by APGA (American Public Gardens Association), our professional organization. This plan is guided by science and prioritizes the safety, security, and health of our staff, volunteers, and visitors. Due to the need to permanently staff the entrance gate we are open for limited hours, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. until 12 noon. When we are able to increase staffing and/or volunteer Stewards we will expand our hours; however, with the current heat wave most visitors appreciate our morning hours! The following restrictions remain in effect to prevent the spread of Covid-19: 

  • Staff gate attendants to ensure adherence to all policies 
  • Facial masks or coverings required for entry 
  • Physical distancing of at least 6 feet required from others not in your party 
  • Group size limited to 10 persons 
  • Designated restrooms open with hand sanitizer available 
  • Drinking fountains closed but bottle hydration station open 
  • New touchless online functions including payment of admission donation 

The UCR campus remains closed with only critical operations, including remote instruction, continuing; faculty research curtailed; nonessential staff working remotely; and events suspended. Campus status and updates are posted here: We are fortunate to be able to welcome visitors to our beautiful Botanic Gardens and provide a safe space for enjoying our gardens, wildlife, and a chance to get some exercise. Please visit our website for updates on our status, hours, and upcoming events.


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