Field Botany 2021 Online


Class Dates:

Wednesdays, August 4, 11, 18, 25, and September 1, 8

Time: 6-7:30 p.m. ET

Held Virtually using Zoom

Get keyed into the life of plants and become familiarized with plant taxonomy and ecology. We will learn how to use a plant identification key (i.e., dichotomous key) to set you up for identifying the many plants that call Michigan home. The focus is to introduce folks to the plants that make up southwest Michigan forests, wetlands, prairies and lakes.

Basic Botanical Terminology (Zoom Meeting)
Enjoy an interactive, fun and fact-filled class designed to prepare you for success in your study of Michigan’s flora. Participants will be exposed to basic botanical taxonomy and plant ecology as we get a close-up look at plant parts, discover botanical terminology, and learn basic identifying characteristics to set you up for plant ID success!

Trees of Michigan's Forest (Zoom Meeting)

We will learn common species along geographic and soil gradients, from oak-hickory forests to beech-maple forests and the common under-story plants to be found there. We will also discuss how land management affects forest communities.

The History and Distribution of Michigan's Native Plant Communities (Zoom Meeting)
Have you ever wondered what "primeval" Michigan looked like? Well, you're in luck, the clues are everywhere in the landscape...You will be armed with the knowledge to decode the clues - soils, land-forms, hydrology, dominant species - to understanding Michigan's native plant communities and the species that are found in them.

Wetland Plants of the Midwest (Zoom Meeting)
Come explore Michigan’s wetlands! We will take a virtual hike through a local natural area to see examples of the diverse wetland types that occur in Michigan and learn some of the common and more unique plants that are adapted to life in wet soils.

Prairies and Savannas of Michigan (Zoom Meeting)
Let's virtually walk through idyllic, flowery fields! We will learn to identify some common wildflowers and grasses (yes you can!) that are well-suited to life in the sun, as well as the difference between Michigan's rare native prairie and savanna habitats and the more mundane 'old-fields'.

Aquatic plants (Zoom Meeting)
explore the rarely seen world of freshwater plants! Let's face it, aquatic plants get a bad rap. We refer to them as ”weeds”. We complain about them touching us when we swim snagging our fishing tackle or tingling in our boat motor propellers. We should take another look!

Materials Provided: Digital Handouts and worksheets, selected identification keys, and technical references.

Master Gardner Credits: This class has been approved for master gardener credits. Students receive one credit for every hour spent in class.


  • $75.00 Non-member
  • $65.00 Member 

Duration: 6 Weeks

Class Time: Wednesdays, 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Class Location: Zoom Meeting 

Class Dates: August 4, 11, 18, 25, and September 1, 8


Michigan State University is committed to providing equal opportunity for participation in all programs, services and activities. Accommodations for persons with disabilities may be requested by contacting the event contact two weeks prior to the start of the event. Requests received after this date will be honored whenever possible.

Contact Information

For more information contact the Kellogg Bird Sanctuary at 269-671-2510 or or Misty Klotz, Program Coordinator at 269-671-2263 or