Strategic Plan

Mission Statement

Oregon State University's Herbarium supports learning, discovery, and engagement by obtaining and curating our state’s most comprehensive collection of plants, fungi, lichens, and algae from around the world, with a geographic emphasis on Oregon and the Pacific Northwest. Our resources are used at OSU, across Oregon, nationally, and globally to create knowledge and solve problems. Curation and research in the collection fosters leadership and science-based expertise in our students, preparing them for service in natural resource and data management positions worldwide. We enrich communities across Oregon through our plant identification services, outreach and training sessions, and through our partnership with OregonFlora.


Vision Statement

Oregon State University's Herbarium is the premiere resource for the documentation and study of Oregon’s diverse plants and fungi. We provide experiential learning opportunities for our students, inspiring and preparing them to be the next generation of scientists, leaders, and stewards of our natural resources. We engage in citizen science and provide opportunities for volunteerism both locally and digitally. We are responsive to the queries from citizens of our state and, in collaboration with OregonFlora, provide reliable information about Oregon’s plants and fungi. We are a flagship of community engagement and pride within the Department of Botany & Plant Pathology and the College of Agricultural Sciences.

The Oregon State University Herbarium Strategic Plan can be accessed here.