Saturday, March 5, 10 am-4 pm (participants don’t have to stay the whole time), curatorial volunteers needed at the University and Jepson Herbaria.

See the diversity of flora in California. Volunteers needed to mount, sort, and file a backlog of plant collections from California and around the world, some decades old. While providing assistance with the specimens that are the raw data on which our knowledge of the California flora is based, you’ll learn more about the California flora, gain first hand experience with herbarium techniques, and have the opportunity to socialize with fellow native plant enthusiasts. No previous herbarium experience is necessary, but a level of dexterity and attention to detail is valued. Later volunteer days are Apr 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 (posted 2 hour time limit is in effect only on weekdays). Individual volunteers are welcome during regular hours as well (M-F, 8 am-5 pm). For more information call Ana Penny, 510-642-2465.

Margot Cunningham