Pinelands Plants Course


This is a joint program of the New Jersey Conservation Foundation and Pinelands Preservation Alliance.

A great way to learn about the plants in the Pine Barrens is through the course taught by Russell Juelg, New Jersey Conservation Foundation’s land steward and Pine Barrens educator.

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.

This course is geared for beginners, but seasoned field botantists will enjoy the tour of plant families and the careful study of the intriguing variety of flower morphology.

We’ll study live and pressed specimens during the ten evening workshops, and make nine weekend field trips. Of course, we’ll also pay close attention to plants and plant communities that are of conservation priority.

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

The class will meet every Thursday evening from 7pm to 9pm from May 23 to August 1 at the offices of the Pinelands Preservation Alliance with field trips taking place on weekends. Registration is $150 per person. High school and college students with a valid ID may register for a 50% discount at $75 person.

Workshop Materials Needed:

  • A copy of Guide to Flowering Plant Families by Wendy Zomlefer and The Illustrated Book of Wildflowers and Shrubs, by William Carey Grimm. A list of additional recommended reference materials will be sent to registrants.
  • You will also need a 10X hand lens and a field notebook

2019 Class Schedule:

Classes will be held on consecutive Thursday evenings from 7 – 9 pm. The first class will be held May 23 and the last class will be August 1. These lectures/workshops sessions will be held at the Pinelands Preservation Alliance Headquarters at 17 Pemberton Rd (Rt. 616 West) in Southampton, NJ 08088.

2019 Field Trip Schedule— Field trips will take place on the following dates:

  • Saturday, May 25
  • Sunday, June 2
  • Saturday, June 8
  • Sunday, June 16
  • Saturday, June 22
  • Sunday, June 30
  • Saturday, July 13
  • Sunday, July 21
  • Saturday, July 27


The cost of the course is $150 and must be paid in advance to the New Jersey Conservation Foundation, click here. 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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