Learn All About Southwest Michigan’s Plants in a Field Botany Course

Southwest Michigan has so many fascinating native and non-native plants, and there’s so much to know about them! Experts from the W.K. Kellogg Biological Station will lead a six-week field botany course about native plants this summer. 

The course is open to plant enthusiasts of all skill levels, from hobbyist gardeners to professional plant biologists, and will feature both classroom sessions and field trips. Participants can get an up-close look at 40-50 diverse plants in forests and wetlands native to our region, learn botanical terminology and ecology, and gain greater plant identification skills.

The course will meet from 6 – 9 p.m. every Wednesday for six weeks, starting August 9 and ending September 13. For participants interested in the Master Gardener program, the course has been approved for 15 Master Gardener credits. 

Registration is $160 for KBS members and $180 for non-members. Participants must register online no later than August 4. Space is limited to 20 participants, so early registration is encouraged.

The first classroom session (on the topic of basic botanical terminology) will be held on August 9 from 6 – 8 p.m. at the KBS Stack Building, located at 3700 E. Gull Lake Dr. in Hickory Corners. For more information, visit, or email or call 269-671-2263. 

Celebrate with us our legacy of conservation as we mark 90 years since W.K. Kellogg donated the lands that now make up KBS to Michigan State University. Our commitment to research, education and outreach stands on the foundation of W.K. Kellogg’s vision for cutting-edge science and learning.

As MSU’s largest off-campus educational complex, we’ve put our land-grant values into practice as we’ve provided the public with examples of science’s crucial role in sustaining natural and managed communities for nearly a hundred years. As we look forward, our students and faculty are working to understand and solve real-world environmental problems for a better tomorrow. To learn more about KBS, visit us online at