UW Botanic Gardens: Native Plant Identification

This course is designed for students who want to develop basic field identification skills and gain experience using the keys in Hitchcock and Cronquist’s “Flora of the Pacific Northwest.” Over the six-week course students will learn how to recognize approximately 25 of the most common plant families found in Washington. Emphasis is placed on learning the combination of vegetative (leaf and stem) and floral characters that are unique to each family. Class time is spent learning basic terminology required for plant identification and keying out local native and introduced species using a combination of dissecting microscopes, an introductory text for identifying plants families, and “Flora of the Pacific Northwest”.

Regular class meetings: Hitchcock Hall 246 on the University of Washington campus
Field trip to UW campus: TBD
Field Trip to Deception Pass State Park: 41020 State Route 20, Oak Harbor, WA 98277

Cost: $175; $200 after March 4th

Register Online or call 206-685-8033