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LIFE SCIENCE DIVISION

The collections in the Life Sciences Division document and preserve records of the biodiversity of Idaho, the Pacific Northwest and beyond. Rapid changes in population, land use, and climate over the past 100 years have altered the distribution and abundance of organisms worldwide. Our collections document where and when different species of plants and animals lived in the region, and provide the framework to predict how those species’ distributions will change in the future.

Museum specimens also often preserve the organisms’ DNA and other chemical constituents allowing study of the evolutionary relationships among populations and species, their diet and the climate they experienced when alive.

The Life Sciences Division includes collections of plants, fungi and lichens, invertebrates and vertebrates. The Ray J. Davis Herbarium (IDS) is the most extensive collection in Life Sciences with over 70,000 catalogued plant specimens, 1650 lichen specimens and smaller numbers of bryophytes (mosses and liverworts), and macrofungi (mushrooms). The small invertebrate collection includes several hundred specimens of Idaho insects. The vertebrate collections, consisting of approximately 6500 specimens, well represent the diversity of mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles and fish of Southern Idaho.

Botany Field School 2019

Biol 499/599 – 3 credits of upper division botany.

  • Week 1: June 17-21 – Idaho State University
  • Week 2: June 22-30 – Field Camp - Mackay, Idaho

Idaho State University/Idaho Museum of Natural History is offering a 2 week, 3 credit botany filed class for summer, 2018. The first week will be based from the ISU campus in Pocatello; the second week from the Lost River Field Station north of Mackay, Idaho. Both weeks will be a mix of field trips and classroom time. The course focus will be acquiring field plant identification skills and the collection and preparation of botanical specimens. The course will be valuable for individuals interested in botany, ecology, conservation, education, or related careers.

Course instructors are Janet Bala and Michael Mancuso

Join us for exploring and learning the Idaho flora! 

Janet_Bala

Janet Bala, MS

Life Sciences Collections Manager, Ray J. Davis Herbarium

(208) 282-2815

balajane@isu.edu

VOLUNTEER

The work at the herbarium could not be completed without the contribution of numerous volunteers over the years. Students and members of the community have donated collections, mounted specimens, entered information into the database imaged specimens and filed collections.

Volunteering for its own sake may be enough reward for some people, but seeing numerous plant collections is a great way to learn plant names and how the plants are classified into families. Many of our volunteers have commented that their experience in the Herbarium was a deciding factor when they successfully applied for plant related jobs.

Museum Hours

SUMMER HOURS

(Memorial Day-Labor Day)

Tuesday-Friday: 10 am-6 pm
Saturday: 9 am-5 pm
Sunday: 12 pm-5 pm
Monday: Closed
 
FALL/WINTER HOURS

(Labor Day-Memorial Day)

Tuesday-Friday: 12 pm-6 pm
Saturday: 9 am-5 pm
Sunday: 12 pm-5 pm
Monday: Closed
 
HOLIDAY CLOSURES:
Easter Sunday, Independence Day, Thanksgiving Day, Day After Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Day

Admission Prices

Adult 18+ $7
Senior 60+ $5
Youth 4-17 $3
Child 3 & under FREE
Museum Member FREE

Idaho State University Student*

FREE
Active Military** 20% off
Veteran**

20% off

*With valid ID. Must be currently enrolled in classes.

**With valid ID. Discount only applies to individual.

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208-282-3168

208-282-3317

Idaho Museum of Natural History

698 E Dillon St

Pocatello, ID 83201

 

We are located on the campus of Idaho State Univeristy.