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Spring Flora of the Western Great Lakes (ES 203)

This course introduces students to the identification, systematics, ecology, and natural history of the spring flora of the Western Great Lakes.

This course includes extensive field work in the greater Chicago area and eastern Wisconsin. Students learn to identify between 150 and 200 species of wildflowers, grasses, trees, shrubs, and other plants, and learn the characteristics of 15 plant families.

Click here for your student resources page.

Click here for an up-to-date species and family list.

Click here for an incredible Poison Ivy web site.


This summer Lake Forest college student in ES 203: Spring Flora of the Western Great Lakes will take part in a collaborative learning project by developing their own web page. 

Invasive Species List

• Student Projects

• Image Gallery