An exquisite treasure of biodiversity is thriving in the East Bay hills above UC Berkeley. The UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley — one of the nation’s premier public gardens — is home to more than 12,000 plants from around the world, offering an invaluable research collection for faculty and graduate students while deepening a public understanding and appreciation for the natural environment. The Botanical Garden is an outdoor living laboratory for more than 1,000 Cal students and 3,000 school children from 72 schools.
The Botanical Garden provides plants or plant parts — most with wild origins — to researchers at universities around the world, upon request, and advances conservation by cultivating more than 2,200 rare or endangered plants, including many California natives. Conservation efforts are especially critical now in the context of climate change and diminishing biodiversity worldwide.
The Botanical Garden also offers group tours for school children led by seasoned docents and sends experienced volunteers to classrooms to deliver lively presentations about the importance of plants in our lives.
Supporting and developing the current collection and expanding outreach programs to benefit schoolchildren throughout the East Bay require new private philanthropy. The Campaign for the UC Botanical Garden seeks to raise $5 million to safeguard this cherished resource and to expand outreach programs for children from disadvantaged communities.
Campaign giving opportunities include:
- Tribute benches and tables
- Named plant bed
- Named garden area
- Named glasshouse
- Sponsor a school field trip to the Garden
- Sponsor a school garden training for teachers
For more information:
UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley
University of California, Berkeley
200 Centennial Drive, # 5045
Berkeley, California 94720-5045