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

The course is open to plant enthusiasts of all levels, from hobbyist gardeners to professional plant biologists.

Image by Bethany Bohlen, MSU.
Image by Bethany Bohlen, MSU.

Hickory Corners, Mich. — 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, the Michigan Natural Features Inventory, MSU Extension, and the USDA will lead a six-week Field Botany Course about native plants this summer.

The course is open to plant enthusiasts of all levels, from hobbyist gardeners to professional plant biologists. The course will meet from 6 – 8 p.m. on Wednesdays, from August 8 to September 12, featuring classroom sessions and field trips focusing on a variety of topics:

  • 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 in Inland Lakes

Registration is $160 for KBS members and $180 for non-members. Participants must register online no later than August 1. Space is limited to 20 participants, so early registration is encouraged. For participants interested in the Master Gardener program, the course has been approved for 15 Master Gardener credits.

The first classroom session (on the topic of basic botanical terminology) will be held on August 8 from 6 – 8 p.m. at Spruce Lodge on the grounds of the W.K. Kellogg Bird Sanctuary at 12685 East C Ave Augusta, MI 49012. For more information, visit us online, or email klotzmis@msu.edu 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 kbs.msu.edu.


Bethany Bohlen, Communications Coordinator, W.K. Kellogg Biological Station


(269) 671-2015

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