Many of the specimens that are incorporated
into the collection are mounted by volunteers. It takes about 30 minutes to
be trained in the science and art of mounting plant specimens on paper. It
takes 1-5 minutes to mount a specimen. It is work that can be done sitting
down or standing up in the air conditioned Prep Room of the UNC Herbarium
in Coker Hall.
Right: Volunteer Elizabeth Morgan
Filing Herbarium Specimens
Only those volunteers who are familiar with
plant taxonomy and botanical nomenclature take on the complicated task of
filing completed specimens. We have over 700,000 specimens in 450 cases,
and if a specimen is filed incorrectly it could take years (decades!)
before it is rediscovered! However, we are ALWAYS in need of people who are
capable of filing, so if you want to delve into the collection in a serious
way, let us know!
Right: Volunteer Cindy Skema filing specimens.
Sewing and Final Gluing of Herbarium Specimens
Volunteers handle most of the sewing and final
gluing of our specimens. It takes about 15 minutes to learn the techniques
that the UNC Herbarium uses. No prior sewing skills needed. Each specimen
takes 1 - 5 minutes to complete. Sewing and gluing is usually the first
skill that a volunteer learns. It is a relaxing, sedentary task that is
done in the air conditioned Prep Room of the Herbarium in Coker Hall.