Supporting Plant Conservation at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden


With more than 6,000 kinds of native plants, California has the richest flora of any state in the United States. Nearly 40% of the plant species are endemic to California which means they occur here and nowhere else in the world. Unfortunately, more than 1100 plant species are considered rare or endangered in California; these require special focus if we are to share them with future generations. Our programs and facilities have had a long and successful history of promoting conservation of California’s native plant diversity through research, education, and collections.

Five constituents comprise the Conservation Program—the seed bank, nursery facilities, field studies, laboratory studies, and living collection. Each of these programs has a particular focus, but all share the common goals of advancing knowledge toward conserving California’s native plants. The Conservation Program at RSABG is capable of undertaking comprehensive research on the flora of California and surrounding regions to address conservation of California plants both in-situ and ex-situ and natural habitats.

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Internship Opportunity
Internships in applied conservation research are available throughout the year. Opportunities will vary depending on the availability of ongoing projects. We offer both paid internships and volunteer opportunities that typically run 8-10 weeks. Interested applicants should contact Naomi Fraga (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) for more information. Please see our employment page for upcoming opportunities.

Download information on A Gardner's Guide to Rare Plants