Field Botany

August 5, 2020

Spruce Lodge on the grounds of the W.K. Kellogg Bird Sanctuary, 12801-12999 E C Ave, Augusta, MI 49012

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

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 provide a hands-on field experience, along with a lecture format to introduce folks to the plants that make up our forests, wetlands prairies and more.

Basic Botanical Terminology (Class Session)

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 success in the field!

Trees of Michigan's Forest (Field Trip)

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 (Class Session)
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 (Field Trip)
Come explore Michigan’s wetlands! We will 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 (Field Trip)
Let's walk through the 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 (Field Trip)


  • $180.00 Non-member
  • $160.00 Member 

Fees will increase by $15 after registration closes should openings be available.

Duration: 6 Weeks

Class Time: Wednesdays, 6 to 8 p.m.

Class Location: The first class will be held at Spruce Lodge on the grounds of the W.K. Kellogg Bird Sanctuary, 12801-12999 E C Ave, Augusta, MI 49012

Class Dates: August 5, 12, 19, 26, and September 2, 9

Materials Provided: Handouts, 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 or field section.

Cancellation Policy for Events Requiring Registration:  If a program is cancelled due to weather or other circumstances by the W.K. Kellogg Bird Sanctuary, a full refund will be issued.  If a registrant must cancel before the event’s registration deadline, a full refund will be issued.  No refunds the day of an event or after.  For events that require prepayment, no space will be held without full payment. Registration can be transferred to another person at any time.



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