Special Pinelands Plants Course - Fundamentals

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

The Pine Barrens is a botanist’s dream, filled with rare plants found nowhere else on Earth. A great way to learn about them is through the course taught by Russell Juelg, New Jersey Conservation Foundation’s land steward and Pine Barrens educator. This 10-week summer course combines classroom workshops with field study at New Jersey Conservation Foundations 9,700-acre Franklin Parker Preserve.

This year, we’ll 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’ll reinforce our understanding of plant morphology, which will greatly enhance our field botany skills.

This course will be geared for beginners, though seasoned field botanists may also 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.

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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.

2014 Class Schedule: Classes will be held on 10 consecutive Thursday evenings from 7 to 9 pm. The first class will be held May 29th and the last class will be July 31. These lecture/workshop sessions will be held at the Pinelands Preservation Alliance headquarters at 17 Pemberton Road (Rt. 616 West), Southampton, NJ, 08088.


2014 Field Trip schedule: Field trips will be at New Jersey Conservation Foundation's Franklin Parker Preserve, unless otherwise indicated. Field trips will normally run from 9 AM to 3 PM. Exact meeting locations will vary.

Saturday, May 31

Sunday, June 8

Saturday, June 14

Sunday, June 22

Saturday, June 28

Saturday, July 12

Sunday, July 20

Saturday, July 26

Sunday, August 3

REGISTRATION: The cost of the course is $150, and must be paid in advance. For registration, contact Bill Lynch blynch@njconservation.org or 908-997-0725. Register online using this link. Deadline for registration is May 23, 2014.

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