Botany Classes

Study aspects of botany in the classroom and in the field.  Instructor is Dr. Douglas A. DeBerry, Research Assistant Professor of Biology and Environmental Science at the College of William and Mary, and contributing author on the Flora of Virginia and a professional botanist.

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Class Schedule
April-August 2018

Intermediate Botany | June 11, 12, 13

This course provides an in-depth overview of the tools and techniques used by botanists to identify plants to the species level, with a strong emphasis on family characteristics.  Attendees are exposed to concepts in plant classification, nomenclature, habitat, distribution, and of course, vegetative and reproductive characteristics – all of which can be used to help identify plants to the species level.


Using the Flora of Virginia | July 9, 10, 11

This three-day session is dedicated to teaching you how to get the MOST out of your investment in the Flora of Virginia. We’ll cover essential aspects of the Flora that will help you successfully navigate dichotomous keys at all levels (family, genus, species), teach you how to get the information you need out of the species descriptions, and introduce you to some other very helpful components of the book that you may not have even known about.


Grasses, Sedges, and Rushes | August 7, 8

This course is for the disgruntled multitudes who would like to gain a better understanding of grass, sedge, and rush terminology, classification, nomenclature, and most importantly, identification.  In addition, those already proficient in plant identification will find this course to be a useful refresher.  Emphasis is on native or naturalized species in Virginia, and the use of dichotomous keys in technical plant manuals and regional floras.

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