Are you interested in:
a) learning more about the California flora;
b) gaining first-hand experience with herbarium techniques;
c) providing much-needed assistance with the specimens that are
the raw data on which our knowledge of the California flora is based;
d) socializing with fellow native plant enthusiasts;
e) all of the above?
Then have we got a deal for you!
One Saturday of each month is a Group Volunteer Day in the Herbaria at the University of California at Berkeley, in which we hope to welcome back participants from previous years and greet a diversity of new faces. What better way to spend those rainy winter weekends!
Our focus will be chipping away at the unmounted backlog of pressed plant collections, from California and around the world, some brand new, some decades old. Expect a diversity of "buried treasures" to come to light, primarily new records of noteworthy plants that have been languishing in dead storage. Volunteers are greatly needed to mount, sort, and file these collections, and to assist with related projects. No previous herbarium experience is necessary, but a level of dexterity and attention to detail is valued.
Group Volunteer Saturday begins at 10 am and finishes up by 4 pm (participants need not stay the full time). The University and Jepson Herbaria are in the Valley Life Science Building on the campus of the University of California at Berkeley. The entrance is on the ground floor of the atrium, in front of the Tyrannosaurus rex. The central Berkeley BART station is convenient, as are numerous bus lines. Free parking can generally be found along the streets north of campus (posted 2-hour time limit is in effect only on weekdays).
To be added to the Group Volunteer reminder list, please call Ana Penny (510) 642-2465. We also welcome individual volunteers who can come in during our regular hours (M-F 8-5). We will try to match your unique interests, abilities and schedule to one of the numerous curatorial projects that have been gathering dust. For more information about individual volunteer opportunities, call (510) 642-2465.
The Volunteer Saturday dates for 2014-2015 are as follows:
September 13, October 4, November 8, December 6, February 7, March 7, April 18 (Cal Day), May 9.