Programs & Opportunities for UW Students

The UW Botanic Gardens is a unit of the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences in the College of the Environment. Faculty associated with UWBG do research on climate impact on plants, invasive plants, ecological restoration, and other related research topics.

Undergraduate Program

Earn a Bachelor of Science with a major in Environmental Science and Terrestrial Resource Management with a transcripted option in Restoration Ecology and Environmental Horticulture.

Graduate Program

Further your career with an advanced degree with an option in Restoration Ecology and Environmental Horticulture. Graduate degrees include a Masters of Environmental Horticulture, Masters of Science and Doctor of Philosophy.

Opportunities to Get Involved

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UW students and members of the general public alike provide valuable volunteer support in the maintenance of UBNA’s restoration sites.

Volunteer – UW Botanic gardens offers many volunteer opportunities that complement academic coursework in fields such as environmental education, horticulture, restoration ecology, rare plant conservation, records management, library science, museology, and communication. Want to get your hands dirty right away? Get involved with UW Farm.

Research Assistant – Currently, two RA positions in the School of Forest Resources are hosted at UWBG: Herbarium Manager  and Union Bay Natural Area Manager (faculty adviser: Jim Fridley).

Arrange an Internship – In coordination with academic programs, UWBG hosts unpaid interns who may work with Horticulture, Curation, Education or Library staff depending on current demand. To inquire about availability contact the appropriate manager or supervisor in the unit of interest. The student run Society for Ecological Restoration UW Chapter also has internships.

Use UWBG Facilities – Visit the Miller Library to do research or meet with a study group in the Program Room. Hone your plant identification skills at the Hyde Herbarium, or rent space in the Douglas Research Conservatory (greenhouse) for plant experiments for UWBG/SEFS associated projects (rental info for UW students).

Get Help with Research

Visit the Miller Library at the Center for Urban Horticulture, in Merrill Hall. Our staff can help you find the articles and resources you need for your papers and projects. We have free meeting room space you can reserve, wi-fi, a color copier that scans to email. We also have wonderful natural light and comfy leather chairs for reading or a cat nap!

The Research Tools page will get you started on research. If you need more help make an appointment for a one-on-one consultation with Librarian Tracy Mehlin.

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