The Herbarium and its resources are used for both formal and informal education. Several University of Washington Department of Biology courses use specimens and special collections: Introduction to Plant Biology (Bot 110), Plant Identification and Classification (Bot 113), Plant Geography (Bot 350), Morphology and Anatomy of Land Plants (Bot 441), Plant Community Ecology (Bot 456), General Mycology (Bot 461), as well as Wetland Plants (UW Extension). The Collections Manager is frequently consulted on class and research projects by students, faculty, and staff from the departments of Biology, Anthropology, the UW Museology Program, and the College of Forest Resources.
Class groups from both on- and off-campus take tours of the Herbarium. Tours include students at UW enrolled in courses such as Botany 113, and Botanical Illustration offered through UW Extension. Off-campus groups include students from the Wilderness Awareness School College Program, Bastyr University, Evergreen State College, and the Washington Native Plant Society's Native Plant Stewardship program.
Herbarium staff and volunteers have participated in two special family days at the Burke Museum. On Celebrate Native Plants Day, they provided a display of herbarium specimens and demonstrated how to use a plant press. Children participating in the event were able to make and keep their own mini plant presses. Wildflower coloring sheets were also offered. On Mt. Rainier Day, the same activities were offered, with special emphasis on plants of Mt. Rainier.
Students can receive Honors credit in Botany 113 for Herbarium-based projects, and students can earn college credit through practica at the Herbarium. Graduate student research is supported through the loan program with other herbaria.
The University of Washington Herbarium is a magnificent botanical resource with over 500,000 dried plants, algae, mosses, liverworts, lichens, and fungi. But it needs constant care and maintenance!
We can use your help to:
QUALIFICATIONS: Manual dexterity, good attention to detail, and interest in plants. Training is provided. No experience is necessary.
HOURS: The Herbarium can use volunteers Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays, between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm.
COMMITMENT: The minimum commitment is one 3-hour block of time, once a week, for three months. Greater time commitments are of course welcome.
In the University of Washington Herbarium Practicum the student will become familiar with herbarium techniques and resources.
CREDIT: Each credit requires 3 hours per week, with a 2 credit minimum. Thus, for 2 credits a student would work in the Herbarium 6 hours per week (60 hours in a quarter) [3 credits, 9 hours/week, 90 hours/quarter]. At the end of the term the student will write and turn in a 1-2 page summary of their experience.
SCHEDULE: The schedule will be arranged individually with the Collections Manager.
TOPICS OF INSTRUCTION AND PRACTICE WILL INCLUDE: