The Botanic Gardens is a unit of the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences in the College of the Environment. Associated faculty do research on climate impact on plants, ecological restoration, and other related research topics.
Volunteer – The 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.
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. We have free meeting room space you can reserve, wifi, a color copier that scans to email. We also have wonderful natural light and comfy leather chairs for reading or a cat nap!