Field Trip
UC Irvine Herbarium Open House and Demonstration
with Rebecca Crowe
July 10 Sunday, 9 AM

BACKGROUND: The UC Irvine Herbarium is Orange County’s principal repository of botanical collections with approximately 35,000 specimens. It is a participant in the Consortium of CA Herbaria and provides important resources for the study of our state’s flora by archiving physical samples. These samples inform research on plant distribution, identification and systematics, phenology and more. SEE WHAT IS BEHIND THIS DOOR.

Photo Credit: UC Irvine

TOUR PART 1: The first part of the field trip will include a visual introduction to herbaria and their role in botanical research and local floristic studies. REBECCA CROWE, the COLLECTIONS MANAGER and an OC CNPS OFFICER, will show and illustrate some of the key purposes of the facility with specimens serving as examples HERE IS AN EXAMPLE OF A PRESSED ROMNEYA COULTERI SPECIMEN.

TOUR PART 2: We will then lead a plant collecting and pressing demonstration. This will also serve as an excellent follow-up to those who participated in our Spring Caspers Park Botany Blitz and may look at a couple of those collections. We will set out on foot to the nearby UCI Ecological Preserve (15 minute walk). Once there, we will make a collection or two, enter field notes, add the sample to a field press and return to the herbarium for catalogueing.


1.  The Herbarium Tour is open to all who register via the link above. The local parking lot costs $2 per hour.
2.  PARK in parking area 16H and pay the parking fee before 9 AM. The entrance to lot 16H is located on Michael Drake Drive, 500 feet East of Peltason Drive. Make a right turn into the large parking lot, then immediately to your right to the unmarked visitors stalls. The permit dispenser on the right has a $2/ hour rate. The other dispenser, to the left, is more expensive.
3. MEET AT 9:00 AM. We will meet near the entrance driveway and Visitor Parking stalls. Then we will walk as a group to the herbarium, which is below the Howard Schneiderman Lecture Hall on the SW side of Aldrich Park. 
4. BRING a notebook and camera as desired and comfortable walking shoes.