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Introduction to Plant Identification in the Field

at UW Botanic Gardens - University District

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$195 14 seats left
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Mon, Mar 09, 6:30pm - Apr 13, 8:30pm (6 sessions)

University District
1605 NE Pacific St Rm 246
Btwn 15th Ave NE & NE Pacific Pl
Seattle, Washington 98195
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Venue: Hitchcock Hall, Rm 246
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Class Level: Beginner
Age Requirements: 18 and older
Average Class Size: 15
Teacher: David Giblin

What you'll learn in this botany class:

This course is designed for students who want to develop basic field identification skills and gain experience using the keys in the new 2nd edition of 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 flower characters that are unique to each family. Class time is spent learning basic terminology needed for plant identification and keying out local native and introduced species using a combination of dissecting microscopes, an introductory text for identifying plant families, and "Flora of the Pacific Northwest". Copies of "Flora of the Pacific Northwest" are available in the classroom for students to use.

Field Trips:
  • Saturday, March 30, 2019, 1-3pm, University of Washington Campus
  • Saturday, April 20, 2019, 8am-4pm, Deception Pass State Park

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Public and Professional Classes Refund Policy: Cancellation and refund requests must be submitted in writing to [email protected] Cancellations more than one week prior to a class are subject to a 15% processing charge (minimum $10). Cancellations with less than one week’s notice are non-refundable. If a program is canceled by UW Botanic Gardens for any reason, a full refund will be made to all enrollees. Refunds may take four weeks to process.


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Start Date Time Teacher # Sessions Price
6:30pm - 8:30pm David Giblin 6 $195
This course consists of multiple sessions, view schedule for sessions.
Mon, Mar 16 6:30pm - 8:30pm David Giblin
Mon, Mar 23 6:30pm - 8:30pm David Giblin
Mon, Mar 30 6:30pm - 8:30pm David Giblin
Mon, Apr 06 6:30pm - 8:30pm David Giblin
Mon, Apr 13 6:30pm - 8:30pm David Giblin

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