Plant Identification Workshops

For conservation and environmental professionals, ecologists, and horticulturists

Courses are also suitable for graduate students, amateur botanists and master gardeners. Through illustrated lectures and hands-on practical sessions, Royal Botanical Gardens’ botanists and visiting scientists demonstrate key identification characteristics and share their expert tips for identification.

For more information on each Botanical ID Workshop click the respective link in the side navigation.

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Fern and Allies Identification Workshop

Thursday and Friday, August 10 and 11: 9:30am to 4:30pm
RBG Centre

Are you interested in learning how to identify ferns, horsetails, lycopods and other pteridophytes in southern Ontario? Join us for an intensive two-day, hands-on workshop with Dr. Jim Pringle and Nadia Cavallin. Over the two days, participants learn about the unique life cycles of ferns and are introduced to their unique botanical morphology and terminology in a classroom and during field visits to nearby natural areas. Participants gain valuable field recognition skills and practice keying out species in the classroom. Ecological niches and habitat specificity are also covered. Be prepared to go out in all weather conditions. Bring along your hand lenses, field guides or botanical keys, and even your mystery specimens! Bring your lunch.

Non-members: $310, RBG Members: 10% off and Students: $230, call 905-527-1158 ext. 270 to verify student status and receive student pricing. Lunch not included.

MAXIMUM 20. PRE-REGISTER BY AUGUST 1.

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Aster and Goldenrod Identification Workshop

Thursday and Friday, September 14 and 15; 9:30am to 4:30pm
RBG Centre

Are you ready to take on the challenge of identifying asters and goldenrods? Join us for an intensive two-day, hands-on workshop with Dr. Jim Pringle and Nadia Cavallin. Over the two days, the unique botanical morphology and associated terminology specific to the aster and Goldenrod groups are introduced and illustrated in both a classroom setting and during field visits to RBG’s nature sanctuaries and nearby natural areas. Participants gain valuable field recognition skills and practice keying out species in the classroom using appropriate magnification. Both fresh and dried specimens are examined. Ecological niches, habitat specificity, population ranges and distribution are also covered for a variety of aster and goldenrod species in southern Ontario. Be prepared to go out in all weather conditions. Bring along your hand lenses, field guides or botanical keys and even your mystery specimens! Bring your lunch.

Bring your lunch.

Non-members: $310, RBG Members: 10% off and Students: $230, call 905-527-1158 ext. 270 to verify student status and receive student pricing. Lunch not included.

MAXIMUM 20. PRE-REGISTER BY SEPTEMBER 4.

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