Curatorial volunteers needed at the University and Jepson Herbaria. One Saturday each month is a Group Volunteer Day, where you can learn more about the California flora, gain first-hand experience with herbarium techniques, provide much-needed assistance with the specimens that are the raw data on which our knowledge of the California flora is based, and socialize with fellow native plant enthusiasts. From 10 am to 4 pm (participants need not stay the whole time) we mount, sort, and file a backlog of plant collections from California and around the world, some decades old. No previous herbarium experience is necessary, but a level of dexterity and attention to detail is valued. The next volunteer day is November 7. Later volunteer days are December 5, February 6, March 5, April 16, and May 7. The University and Jepson Herbaria are in the Valley Life Sciences Building on the UC Berkeley campus. The entrance is on the ground floor of the atrium, in front of the Tyrannosaurus Rex. The downtown Berkeley BART station is nearby, as are many bus lines, and free parking can generally be found along streets north of campus (the posted 2-hour time limit is in effect only on weekdays). Individual volunteers are welcome during our regular hours as well (M-F, 8 am-5 pm). For more information call 510-642-2465.

Margot Cunningham