How often do you notice a plant in your backyard or along a road, trail or stream, and wonder what it is? Take the guesswork out of identifying plants by joining the W.K. Kellogg Bird Sanctuary and local experts for a six-week, online course beginning Wednesday, Aug. 4.
The Field Botany course will feature a series of six workshops, held on Zoom, from 6 to 7:15 p.m. on Wednesdays. Presenters are:
- Dr. Tyler Bassett, Michigan Natural Features Inventory
- Erik Elgin, Michigan State University Extension
- Shawn Kelly, Natural Resources Conservation Service
- Dr. Danielle Zoellner, Idle Awhile Farm and Forage
The course is open to plant enthusiasts of all levels. Sessions will examine a variety of topics, including:
- Basic botanical terminology
- Trees of Michigan’s forests
- The history and distribution of Michigan’s native plant communities
- Wetland plants of the Midwest
- Prairies and savannas of Michigan
- Aquatic plants
Register for the course at bit.ly/kbs-botany2021 by 11:59 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 1; space is limited. The cost is $65 for Sanctuary members and $75 for non-members. Participants are able to earn Master Gardener credits for attending.
Past course participants appreciated the format of having a unique topic for each class as well as “learning the special features of the plants and interesting backstories of how plants have been used in history.”