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EEB 4272

Summer Session I
June 1st to July 1st
M/W/F 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
TLS 179


Nora Mitchell (
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Course description

New England is home to a diverse and thriving selection of plants, many of which reach their peak exuberance during the summer. Proper identification of plants and an understanding of their interactions with the environment are important facets that aid in the appreciation of our natural resources. In this course, students will:

  • Learn to recognize by sight some of the more common plant species
  • Develop a skill set for identifying unknown plant species
  • Gain experience in plant census, collection and curation techniques
  • Learn the system of classifying plant diversity and of naming plant species
  • Learn about the diversity of plant habitats in New England
  • Learn about invasive species and conservation issues in plant biology

The course focuses primarily on plant identification and classification, but students also will acquire skills that would serve them in any number of careers dealing with natural resource management.

Required equipment (all available from UConn Co-op)

  • field notebook
  • pencils

Course Texts

  • Newcomb’s Wildflower Guide by L. Newcomb, 1989.
  • Fern Finder by A. C. Hallowell and B. G. Hallowell, 1981.


  • Quizzes 10%
  • Field notebook 10%
  • Mid-term exam 30%
  • Final exam 30%
  • Plant collection/preservation project 20%

Tentative schedule: subject to weather!

Day Lecture Field Notes
Week 1
Mon June 1 Introduction, Nomenclature, Vegetative Characters Campus walk
Wed June 3 Vegetative Characters Cont. Moss Preserve/Tift Pond, Mansfield
Fri June 5 QUIZ 1, Floral Characters & Pollination Valley Falls Park, Vernon
Week 2
Mon June 8 UCONN Herbarium Hillside Environmental Education Park, Storrs
Wed June 10 Fruits & Seed Dispersal Soapstone Mountain, Somers
Fri June 12 QUIZ 2, Ferns Webster Fern Garden Tour
Week 3
Mon June 15 MIDTERM EXAM Merow Meadow Park
Wed June 16 Vegetation Surveys Fenton River, Storrs
Fri June 19 QUIZ 3, Mounting Specimens Mansfield Hollow, Mansfield
Week 4
Mon June 22 Bog Plants Willington Bog, Willington
Wed June 24 Aquatic Habitats Bigelow Hollow State Park, Union
Fri June 26 QUIZ 4, Saltwater Habitats Horsebarn Hill, Storrs
Week 5
Mon June 29 Hammonassett State Park, Madison
Wed July 1 FINAL EXAM Specimen mounting & Collections Due

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