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The UCR Botanic Gardens includes 40 hilly acres and more than 3500 plants with emphasis on native plants from California, Mexico, and other Mediterranean and desert climates. It is a resource for UCR teaching biology and plant biology, while also serving as a wildlife sanctuary. It provides plant materials for research and for exhibiting species from all parts of the world. The Gardens are heavily used by local 2 and 4 year colleges, and high schools, for biology laboratory classes. From 2,000 to 3,000 high school, middle school and elementary school (grades 3 thru 12) visitors receive docent-led plant biology and nature tours each year, mainly in the spring. Grades K thru 3 are encouraged to attend with their own teachers. A self-guided tour brochure is available at the entrance gatehouse. The Gardens are strongly supported by a 700+ Friends support group and it is popular with the Inland Empire community, for it is the only museum on main campus open at weekends. The Gardens has a significant outreach component and a positive impact on UCR's connection to the local community. Support and development funding from UC horticultural and The Community Foundation totals $10,000 to $20,000 annually. Two plant sales help with garden maintenance, while Primavera, a wine and food fundraiser, helps support the Friends schools nature-education programs. From 30,000 to 40,000 people visit the Botanic Gardens each year. Periodically the Gardens team with the Riverside Metropolitan Museum to enhance traveling nature exhibits.

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