University of Kansas Field Station

Students learn about Kansas plants at KU Field Station this summer

Published on July 24, 2012 by Jennifer Delisle

Tags: Education, Native plants, Prairie

In June, 13 students met at the Armitage Education Center to learn the basics of plant identification in the first in a new series of summer short courses offered at the KU Field Station. "Introduction to Field Botany" was taught by Caleb Morse, Collections Manager for the Bridwell Botany Research Lab at KU's Biodiversity Institute.

Students learned the plant structures characteristic of major plant groups, emphasizing field identification of common vascular plant families of the southern Great Plains. Lab sessions emphasized botanical terminology and the use of taxonomic keys. Excursions to the Rockefeller Prairie, Breidenthal Woods, and the Anderson County Prairie Preserve provided students with opportunities to test their identification skills in the field.

The class was offered through the University of Kansas Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (BIOL 418/701). Participants included undergraduate and graduate students, as well as Lawrence residents.