This year, we’ll focus on the natural relationships and modern classification of plants, using the Pine Barrens of New Jersey as our outdoor classroom. By investigating, especially, plant families, and the characteristics that systematists use in trying to delineate them, we’ll reinforce our understanding of plant morphology, which will greatly enhance our field botany skills.
This course will be geared for beginners, though seasoned field botanists may also enjoy the tour of plant families and the careful study of the intriguing variety of flower morphology.
We’ll study live and pressed specimens during the ten evening workshops, and make nine weekend field trips. Of course, we’ll also pay close attention to plants and plant communities that are of conservation priority.
The class will meet every Thursday evening from 7-9pm, May 31 to August 2 with field trips taking place on weekends. Registration is $150 per person. High school and college students with a valid ID may register for a 50% discount at $75 per person.
Two texts are required for this course:
The Illustrated Book of Wildflowers and Shrubs, William Carey Grimm, 1993, Stackpole.
Guide to Flowering Plant Families, Wendy B. Zomlefer, 1994, Chapel Hill.
You will also need a 10X lens (pocket loupe). Economical models are available for less than $10 (see Forestry Suppliers)
The field trip schedule is:
Sunday, June 3
Saturday, June 9
Sunday, June 17
Saturday, June 23
Sunday, July 1
Saturday, July 7
Sunday, July 15
Saturday, July 21
Sunday, July 29