Jepson Herbarium Public Programs
Code of Conduct

The Friends of the Jepson Herbarium are committed to creating and maintaining a safe, comfortable, and friendly experience at our workshops. In support of this goal, we have established a Participant Code of Conduct, which we ask all workshop particiants and volunteers to follow. The Code is intended both to ensure a quality experience for workshop participants, and to support and provide a positive working environment for the workshop coordinator as she performs the duties necessary for her job. Violation of the Code may be grounds for discipline up to and including ejection from a workshop and/or exclusion from future workshops.

Sign a waiver. All workshop participants must sign and return a "Waiver of Liability, Assumption of Risk, and Indemnity Agreement."
Be safe. Be aware of your surroundings and watch out for hazards. Alert the workshop coordinator to hazards if you see them. Stay with the group.
Be courteous. Do not disrupt other participants, instructors, or staff with disrespectful, unruly, or hostile actions, behavior, or language. Inappropriate behavior should be reported to the workshop coordinator immediately.

Frequently Asked Questions

When is the workshop schedule announced every year?
Around the beginning of December—Friends of the Jepson Herbarium recieve priority registration one week prior to the general public.

Who takes these workshops?
Our workshop topics appeal to bontany novices, enthusiasts, professionals (working consultants, state and federal agency employees) and current or prospective graduate students. Read each course description for details regarding experience needed or suggested level for each course.

How do I know if I have the right experience/knowledge for a course?
If you are unsure whether a class is right for you, feel free to contact the program coordinator and ask!

Do you offer workshops for children?
Our programs are for adults. The UC Botanical Garden has a great schedule of programs for children and families.

Do you offer course credit?
No, we do not offer course credit. On request, we will provide you with a certificate of participation, which might be needed for proof of attendance for your employer. Our workshops do qualify for California Certified Botanists continuing edication credits.

What does the course fee include?
All course fees help pay for instructions, handouts, included materials, permits and venue use.
Each course description has specific information on what is or is not included with that workshop.

Why do I have to sign the “Waiver of Liability, Assumption of Risk, and Indemnity Agreement”?
UC policy requires all workshop participants to sign a waiver. Waivers are written agreements that say the sponsor of an activity will not be liable for harm suffered by participants. Although waivers are primarily legal tools, they also serve an educational purpose by making people think about the potential risks of an activity. Often that's all it takes to get people to avoid accidents.

What is a Friend of the Jepson Herbarium?
The Friends of the Jepson Herbarium is an organization that provides support for the research and programs of the Jepson Herbarium. Established in 1986 to help complete the first edition of The Jepson Manual, contributions from the Friends continue to ensure ongoing research and publications on California's rare and endangered flora. We encourage all workshop participants to join the Friends. You can join online here.

Will you offer a workshop about (my favorite plant group)?
Maybe! We are always open to suggestions about future workshop topics, locations, and instructors. Please email us if you have an idea.


How do I register for a workshop?
Registration policies and procedures to sign up for a course can be found here.

What is your cancellation policy?
Cancellations made more than 30 days prior to a workshop can receive a refund for the amount of your course fee less the non-refundable, non-transferable $75 deposit. Cancellations made less than 30 days prior to a workshop do not receive a refund.

Why do you have this cancellation policy?
Being a small, non-profit program, we are affected by every single enrollment and/or cancellation. When you cancel this close to the workshop date, it becomes difficult to fill your spot to ensure we cover the cost of running the workshop. Moreover, it costs us labor and processing time for both enrollments as well as cancellations.

Why can't I register online?
In order to take registrations through the web, we'd have to reconfigure the entire back-end of our record-keeping system, which takes time, costs money, and creates headaches. We would also have to pay fees to the registration service provider for hosting the service and processing payments. We want to keep the system running smoothly and keep costs low, so we are sticking with paper-based registration for now. We may offer online registration in the future.

Why can't I email you my workshop registration?
We value the security of your personal data. Our email system is not encrypted, so any personal information you submit to us electronically is not secure. Any registrations forms received by email will be immediately deleted.

Can I register by phone?
Yes, but only after January 30, 2020 and only if you are planning to pay with a credit card at the time of registration.

Can I register in person?

I think I want to take a workshop, but I’m not sure about my schedule. What should I do?
Contact us to be placed on the wait list or to discuss other options.

Why do I need to register for workshops so far in advance?
First, our most popular workshops fill quickly, so it’s best to register right away. Second, if we have not reached a minimum enrollment for workshops 60 days in advance, we may cancel the workshop.

My favorite workshop is full. How do I get on the wait list?
Complete a registration form, check wait-list only, and do not include payment. We will contact you if a space becomes available.

I’m on the wait list for a workshop. Will I get in?
Maybe. We often have at least one cancelation for each workshop, but not always. If people are going to cancel, it often happens with very short notice. So, if you’re on the wait list, try to keep the workshop dates free, just in case.

I only want to take this workshop if my friend can come, too. What should I do?
Please mail your forms in the same envelope and let us know in the “notes” section of the registration form that you can only attend with your friend. If you can't mail your forms together, try to mail them at about the same time and be sure you both include notes on your forms. We will contact you to let you know if we can accomodate you.

On-Campus Workshops

What is the best way to get to campus?
We strongly recommend not driving to campus. Public transportation, such as BART and AC Transit, stops are just a few blocks from campus. We will send detailed parking information to registered participants. You can find information about visitor parking on campus here and about Berkeley city lots here

Where are the on-campus workshops held?
Most of our workshops are held in the Valley Life Sciences Building on the west side of campus.

What time do on-campus workshops start and end?
Most on-campus workshops start at 2:00 pm on Fridays or 9:00 am on Saturdays and Sundays. They usually end by 5:00 pm. Courses adhering to unusual schedules will say so in the course description, and registered participants will recieve detailed information that includes this information prior to the first day of class.

I have questions about access. Is there information online?
Yes, the campus access guide is available here. If you have additional questions, please contact us.

Field Workshops

When do field workshops begin and end?
In general, three- and four-day field workshops begin before dinner on the first day. We usually ask participants to arrive between 4:00 and 5:00 p.m. so that they will have time to settle in before dinner. Unless stated otherwise, field workshops conclude at lunch on Sunday, so you’ll have the afternoon to drive home. Occasionally workshops start earlier or end later: read the workshop description carefully for these details. Specific information for each workshop will be sent out via e-mail about one month prior to the workshop.

Where are the workshops held?
Workshops have been held all over California (and sometimes beyond) at botanical destinations, often part of protected public or private lands and parks. Check our past workshops to see where we have been.

How do I get there?
You are responsible for providing your own transportation to and from the workshop. Before the workshop, you will receive a participant contact list so you may arrange independant carpools. Unfortunately, UC policy prevents the workshop coordinator from arranging rides. During the workshop, we will organize into caravans in order to travel to field sites with the fewest vehicles possible.

Can I collect plants during the workshop?
Only if you have your own permit. Please contact the Herbarium before the workshop if you have questions.

What is a field station?
Field stations are acedemic institution satellite facilities on or near protected land that are used for education or research purposes. They are often in beautiful locations that are not normally open to the public. A field station is not a hotel: accommodations can be rustic and all visitors are expected to contribute to cleaning before departure.

What does “dormitory style” mean?
Typically it means that you will be sleeping in a bunkbed in a room shared with more than one other person. Depending on the field station, dorm rooms may accommodate anywhere from four to thirty people. In dorm situations, we separate participants by gender identity. We recommend all workshop participants bring earplugs.

Can I share a private room with my partner?
In some cases it may be possible for an additional fee. In other cases, the physical layout of the venue does not include private rooms. Please contact the Herbarium, and we will let you know what might be possible.

I'm going to stay at my friend's house/sleep in my van/camp somewhere else for this field workshop: can I get a discount on the workshop fee?
Sorry, no. Our program is self-sustaining, and when we set our workshop prices we calculate them based on everyone paying full price. When lodging is provided, we strongly encourage participants to stay with the group: often, there are informal talks and keying sessions after dinner that add to the workshop experience. It is also much easier to coordinate logistics, including schedule changes, when everyone is staying in the same place.

What is a developed campground?
Usually it means that there are picnic tables, fire rings, and toilets (either chemical, aka port-a-potties, or vault). Whenever possible, we select campgrounds that have potable water. If flush toilets, sinks, showers, or other luxuries will be available, we will explicitly say so in the workshop description. If sinks are not available, the workshop program will provide a hand washing station with soap and water. If potable water will not be available at the campsite, we will advise all participants to bring their own drinking water in the packing list.

I don’t really camp—should I still sign up for a field workshop?
Many of our field workshops have options to stay either in hotels or field station lodging (usually bunkhouses). Read the course description for specific course details and available special accomodations.

What will I need to bring?
We will email you a packing list approximately one month before the workshop. Usually you need to bring clothes and personal belongings for field work—protective outdoor clothing and your daypack. Depending on the workshop, you may have kitchen access to prepare your own food, or you may be asked to bring camping cookware. Refer to course descriptions for specific circumstances for each workshop.

Will I have cell phone service?
It’s possible, but don’t count on it. It would be best to plan to be “off the grid” for a few days.

My cousin/boyfriend/best pal/chiropractor lives near the workshop location. Can they join us on a field trip?
Sorry, no. We cannot accommodate anyone on our workshops who is not a registered participant: it’s not fair to the paying participants, and it’s not allowed for liability reasons.

Can I bring my dog?
Sorry, no. We agree your dog is awesome, but they are not allowed at our workshops.

How do you rate the hiking difficulty?
Most of our field workshops include some hiking. While we make every effort to correctly estimate the kind of hiking to expect during a workshop, phenology, weather, construction, or other unforeseen circumstances may cause last-minute changes. Remember that variables such as temperature and elevation can make even the easiest hike more challenging. If you have any concerns about your ability to participate in the physical activity required for a particular workshop, please speak with your care provider before registering.
Easy hiking is mostly on-trail, sometimes on fire roads or other wide, stable surfaces. There is little elevation gain.
Moderate hiking probably includes off-trail travel over uneven surfaces such as loose rock, mud, or sand. There may be some elevation gain, and some hiking in exposed conditions without shade.
Moderately Strenuous hiking is similar to Moderate, but with more elevation gain and more exposure. You may have to use your hands for balance or to scramble over rocks.
Strenuous hiking may include rough, uneven footing, steep climbs, and major elevation gains (more than 1,000 feet per mile) in exposed areas.

Why do I have to bring so much water on the trail?
We often spend eight full hours in the field, and sometimes do not have access to potable water. You should have enough water to sustain you for the whole day when you leave camp/the field station in the morning. This is especially important for workshops in the desert or at high elevation.

Will there be bathrooms?
We try to meet at a location that has bathrooms (although they may be primitive). We rarely have access to bathrooms while in the field. We’ll let you know what to expect before we depart for the field each day. Be prepared to "rest" in the field. (Don’t forget the Leave No Trace principles.)

Contact us for further questions