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Botanical Garden and Arboretum Collecting Policy

Permission procedures

  1. A written proposal for collecting in the arboretum or botanical garden should include the purpose and goals of the project; a list of the species from which material is to collected; the location, quantity and size of material; type of material to be collected (seed, cutting, etc.); the method of collecting (e.g. cuttings, collecting fallen fruit, harvesting fruit from trees, etc.); and the expected dates and times of collecting. Collecting is permitted only during the work week (M-F, 7:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.).
  2. A written proposal for collecting in natural areas should include the goals of the research or educational project, the species or materials to be collected, the location, date(s) or period of collecting, the project duration, methods, and an assessment of the effect of the project on existing plant populations.
  3. Instructors: to ensure that the materials you wish to collect are available for courses, prior to the start of each semester, please fill out a listing of the species needed. This will help ensure that the living collections are augmented, when possible, to meet teaching needs.
  4. Collecting Request Forms are available online and in the Garden Gift Shop (607-255-2400). We will return a copy of the completed proposal to you noting our decision. The signed form must be brought to the Garden Gift Shop (Mon.-Fri. 9a.m.-4p.m, Saturdays and Sundays from 11:00 a.m.-4p.m. in spring and summer) to obtain a collector's badge at the time you are scheduled to collect. You must wear the badge to indicate to the grounds1.staff and other visitors that you have permission to collect.

For more information about collecting in the botanic garden and arboretum contact:
Mary Hirshfeld
607-255-3141
mfh6@cornell.edu