Special Pinelands Plants Course - Fundamentals

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 10-week summer course combines classroom workshops with field study at New Jersey Conservation Foundations 9,700-acre Franklin Parker Preserve.

This year we 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.

Image of PPA's Pinelands Plants Course[+ ZOOM] PPA's Pinelands Plants Course © Kevin Sparkman

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

The class will meet every Thursday evening from 7pm to 9pm from May 31st to August 2nd at 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

2018 Class Schedule: Classes will be held on 10 consecutive Thursday evenings from 7 – 9 pm. The first class will be held May 31st and the last class will be August 2nd. These lectures/workshops sessions will be held at the Pinelands Preservation Alliance headquarters at 17 Pemberton Rd (Rt. 616 West) in Southampton, NJ 08088.

2018 Field Trip Schedule: Field trips will take place on the following dates:

  • June 3, 9, 17, 23
  • July 1, 7, 15, 21, 29

Registration: 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 blynch@njconservation.org or 908-997-0725.

Register online using this link.

Image of PPA Naturalist Russell Juelg, right, works with students in the field during the Pinelands Plants Course.PPA Naturalist Russell Juelg, right, works with students in the field during the Pinelands Plants Course. © Kevin Sparkman
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