Our mission involves support for research, support for instruction and some outreach.


We offer space, supplies and growing expertise to research laboratories from any department at Yale, but principally involved with Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology (MCDB), Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB) and School of Forestry and Environmental Studies (F & ES). 


Our support for instruction is focused on maintaining extensive plant collections that support plant systematics classes in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, and to a lesser extent several classes in the Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology Department. The lectures are given ‘down campus,’ and we provide laboratory space with specialized equipment, plants and sometimes food products that relate to the plants that the class is studying. At times some of our greenhouse space will be closed to accommodate those classes, so please check our calendar for more information. We have also been utilized by sculpture and art classes, mid- to upper level language classes who visit our gardens for practical language use and study and others.

Greenspace stewardship

As part of an ‘emerald necklace’ identified in the Science Hill Landscape and Open Space Development Plan, we are charged with stewardship of the eight acres of greenspace that provide valuable open space, carbon-fixing and horticultural and historic interest.