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Environmental Studies

Lake Forestry (ES 282)

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

This course introduces students to the identification, systematics, ecology, and natural history of the fall flora of the Western Great Lakes. This course includes extensive field work in the greater Chicago area, eastern Wisconsin, Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, and southern Illinois. Students learn to identify between 175 and 225 species of trees, shrubs, vines, wildflowers, grasses, and other plants, and learn the characteristics of 15 to 20 plant families.

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

Click here for our glossary of terms.

Click here for a list of family characteristics.

Click here for Ben Labaschin’s nerdy plant guide.

Ask the Plant Guy.

          Tuliptree in flower, June 11, 2013
                    Photo by Nora Logue