Pinelands Plants Course

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This is a joint program of the New Jersey Conservation Foundation and Pinelands Preservation Alliance. Two courses are offered: Special Pinelands Plants Course Advanced and Special Pinelands Plants Course Fundamentals. Both courses are taught by Russell Juelg, New Jersey Conservation Foundation’s land steward and Pine Barrens educator.

The Advanced Course is geared for professionals and advanced amateurs. This year’s course begins March 10, 2020. Each participant will study a site at the Franklin Parker Preserve . The objective of the course is for each student to create a comprehensive, specimen-based list of every vascular plant species present on his/her site. Learn more and register here.

Pinelands Plants Course Field Guide
Pinelands plant specimens. © Kevin Sparkman

The Fundamentals Course, geared for beginners, is a great way to learn about the plants in the Pine Barrens. This course will focus on the natural relationships and modern classification of plants, using the Pine Barrens of New Jersey as our outdoor classroom. By investigating, especially, plant families, and the characteristics that systematists use in trying to delineate them, we will reinforce our understanding of plant morphology, which will greatly enhance our botany skills. (Seasoned field botantists will also enjoy the tour of plant families and the careful study of the intriguing variety of flower morphology.)

Registration will open soon for the Fundamentals Course. This year’s course will start May 28, 2020. The cost of the course is $150 and must be paid in advance to the New Jersey Conservation Foundation. For more information contact Bill Lynch at [email protected] or 908-997-0725.

Pinelands Plants Course. Russell Juelg with students.
New Jersey Conservation Foundation’s Russell Juelg, right, works with students in the field during the Pinelands Plants Course. © Kevin Sparkman

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