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Yellowstone Herbarium

Purple silky phacelia covers a mountainside.
Purple silky phacelia covers a mountainside on the way to Mt. Washburn.

The Yellowstone Herbarium (YELLO) contains mainly plants collected in Yellowstone National Park. Our herbarium specimens document the presence of plants in the park over time, and the history of plant collecting in the park, making it an incredibly valuable resource for staff, visitors, and researchers.

The Yellowstone Herbarium is located in the Heritage and Research Center in Gardiner, Montana. Our collection includes: vascular and non-vascular plants, fungi, and lichens. Our oldest specimens date back to 1899 and traveled to the World Fair in 1903. We have over 12,000 specimens including collections of aquatic plants and non-vascular plants, both of which are some of the best collections in the Rocky Mountains. Yellowstone herbarium may now likely have the most comprehensive scientific collection of native aquatic vascular plant specimens in the western United States. We have multiple scopes and reference material that are available to use during the hours the herbarium is open.

Yellowstone Sulphur Buckwheat

Visiting the Yellowstone Herbarium
The Yellowstone Herbarium is located on the ground floor of the Heritage and Research Center in Gardiner, Montana. To make an appointment to see the herbarium please call the Park Botanist, Heidi Anderson at 307-344-2564 or email Heidi_Anderson@nps.gov or stop by.

Herbarium Policies
Click here to learn more about the protocols for bringing material into the herbarium, examining specimens, and requesting loans.

Physical Address
Heritage and Research Center
20 Old Yellowstone Trail
Gardiner, MT 59030

Mailing Address
Yellowstone Herbarium
PO Box 168
Mammoth, WY 82190

Park Botanist:
Heidi Anderson

Yellowstone Science/Yellowstone Herbarium (879 KB pdf)

Did You Know?

Upper Geyser Basin Hydrothermal Features on a Winter Day.

Yellowstone contains approximately one-half of the world’s hydrothermal features. There are over 10,000 hydrothermal features, including over 300 geysers, in the park.