Discover the activities available at the Botanical Gardens here on campus! Admission is free with any USF ID. The Botanical Gardens hosts multiple festivals throughout the year, as well as plant sales, beekeeping classes, yoga sessions, and outreach events. Volunteer opportunities are also available to interested patrons.
The newly formed Environmental and Conservation Outreach, Research, and Education (ECORE) system at USF oversees management of the USF Botanical Gardens, Forest Preserve, and GeoPark. Management of these areas helps promote research and education projects throughout campus.
The USF Forest Preserve is a 500-acre plot of wetland and sandhill habitat that houses a multitude of species. Check out research, teaching, and photographs related to this important wilderness preserve on Tampa's campus.
Initially set aside in 2001, the GeoPark is located on USF's Tampa campus just south of Parking Lot 19. The GeoPark was preserved as a prime example of a covered karst environment and for educational purposes.
With over 300,000 preserved plant specimens, the USF Herbarium is the second largest herbarium in Florida. The Herbarium contains samples from across the globe and take in more every day! Researchers at the Herbarium acquire, preserve, archive, digitize, and catalog these specimens. This link takes you to their Atlas of Florida Plants webpage where you can view their online collection and learn more about their work.