University City, Coyoacán, 04510 Mexico City
The Botanic Garden of the Biological Institute of the National Autonomus University of Mexico is the 2nd oldest botanic garden in the country and its more prominent due to the diversity and representativity of its plant collections. Not only does the botanic garden hold a collection of live plants, but it also promotes educational activities with the objective of further researching and preserving the plant diversity in Mexico. The Botanic Garden of the IB-UNAM hosts 1,600 species of plants that are found in Mexico’s macro diverse environments including forests, deserts, and jungles; as well as 300 species that are environmentally threatened or facing extinction. This place is not only good for a leisurely walk amongst the beautiful plants, but it also teaches how you can contribute to the conservation efforts and how to live a sustainable life that helps the biodiversity around you. It also promotes the importance of scientific research as an important tool that gathers knowledge on how to better use our natural resources.
The Botanic Garden also offers the option of sponsoring a plant species that is facing the threat of extinction in a sort of adoption program, where people can feel responsible for the survival of a whole species on this earth, and it must feel like quite the responsibility! The garden is open from Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. during the wintertime, and 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. during the summer, and it’s located on the western part of the UNAM campus, a very short UBER trip away from Metrobús station “Ciudad Universitaria” from Línea 1.
There are guided tours of the gardens that you can schedule beforehand and have a cost of $60 pesos for groups of 5 or more people, or there are guided tours plus a workshop or rally activity (a rally intended to be a fun learning game); these are designed for school groups although you could schedule your own with a group of friends. These workshops and rallies teach the children about pollination, the benefits of a forest, the various uses of the maguey plant, how to construct a garden, how to be a herb apprentice, and many more activities on-site that are interesting and fun for elementary students, all the way up to high school.