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Botanic Garden Student Learning Opportunities

Every semester several students take advantage of the opportunity to work with plants and learn more about the plant world, as volunteers within the Botanic Garden. Students benefit from this relaxed yet practical learning experience. Volunteer schedules are tailored around a student's academic schedule. Student Volunteers can work individually or with other volunteers. Guidance is provided by the Botanic Garden Coordinator. Preferably each volunteer session is for two hours, although this is flexible. For more information, please contact the Botanic Garden Manager at or 510.430.2230.

Student Projects and Independent Studies
Students complete exciting projects within the Botanic Garden for academic credit in various courses each semester. Examples include an environmental science student project, in which students constructed and evaluated the carbon-footprint of native willow and dogwood structures. Students in the School of Education use the garden as a site to present and evaluate lesson plans involving nature-based learning. Biology students continue to perform practical studies in plant diversity, ethnobotany, or mapping and database management. Opportunities for projects are many and can be developed to meet specific learning goals, including the possibility of academic credit for an Independent Study. To learn more, please contact the Botanic Garden Manager at or 510.430.2230.

Student Clubs
Student Clubs can also find opportunities within the Botanic Garden for projects and events. A great deal of collaboration has occurred with Earth CORPS, a student group on campus committed to environmental stewardship. To learn more, please contact the Botanic Garden Manager at or 510.430.2230.


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Contact Information

Dr. Sarah Swope
Botanic Garden Director and Assistant Professor of Biology
P: 510.430.2158

Last Updated: 6/22/17