Friends of the LSU Herbarium
and Volunteer Opportunities
The Friends of the LSU Herbarium support the mission of
the herbarium to serve both the scientific community and the
public. The friends will maintain an endowment through donation
to enhance the research and educational opportunities.
We are actively searching for people with time and enthusiasm
who are interested in getting involved in volunteering. This
is a great experience for motivated older kids looking for
something to do or looking to gain experience in computers
or the life sciences. No botanical/technical experience is
necessary and there is no minimum time involvement. Some sample
projects we are working on include specimen preparation/curation,
typing and databasing, developing relational databases and
web pages, field surveys and inventories, contributing and
caring for the "Microkew" demonstration/teaching
garden, and fundraising.
Due to less and less funding from government and other traditional
sources for botany, we are soliciting donations to defray
the operating costs of the herbarium. Although we get a small
sum of money from LSU, it does not cover the total operating
costs. Grants have been our main source of funds, but they
are increasingly difficult to obtain and far from reliable.
Any donation to the herbarium would be a substantial contribution
to us and would be used solely for herbarium operating costs.
Since we must use only archival/museum quality supplies for
our specimens, the costs can get rather high. Some examples
of our expenditures include acid-free mounting paper, folders,
fragment packets, and label paper, pH-neutral glue and gummed
tape, fade-proof ink pens, insect-proof storage cases and
pest management supplies, library books, etc.
We set up a “Friends of the Herbarium” endowment
in 2002. If you are interested in contributing, please CLICK
HERE or contact Dr. Lowell Urbatsch at firstname.lastname@example.org