Summer Flora 2017

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EEB 4272

Summer Session I
May 31st to June 30th
M/W/F 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
TLS 179


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Course description

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Discover Connecticut's rich plant diversity this summer. Through a combination of lectures, labs and field trips, participants 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)

  • notebook for lecture materials
  • field notebook (see below)
  • pencils

Course Texts

  • Rite in the Rain field-flex bound book, No. 374, 4-5/8-inch x 7-1/4-inch
  • Newcomb’s Wildflower Guide by L. Newcomb, 1989
  • Fern Finder by A. C. Hallowell and B. G. Hallowell, 1981


  • Quizzes 20%
  • Field notebook 10% Pdficon small.gif
  • Mid-term exam 25%
  • Final exam 25%
  • Plant collection/preservation project 20% Pdficon small.gif

Tentative schedule: subject to weather!

Day Lecture Field Notes
Week 1
Wed May 31 Introduction, Nomenclature, Vegetative Characters Campus walk
Fri June 2 Vegetative Characters Cont. Moss Preserve/Tift Pond, Mansfield
Week 2 Mon June 5 QUIZ 1, Floral Characters & Pollination Valley Falls Park, Vernon
Wed June 7 UCONN Herbarium Hillside Environmental Education Park, Storrs
Fri June 9 Fruits & Seed Dispersal Soapstone Mountain, Somers
Week 3 Mon June 12 QUIZ 2, Ferns Webster Fern Garden Tour, Storrs (?)
Wed June 14 MIDTERM EXAM Horsebarn Hill, Storrs
Fri June 16 Sedges, Rushes, Grasses Fenton River, Storrs
Week 4 Mon June 19 QUIZ 3, Mounting Specimens Mansfield Hollow, Mansfield
Wed June 21 Bog Plants Willington Bog, Willington
Fri June 23 Aquatic Habitats Bigelow Hollow State Park, Union
Week 5 Mon June 26 QUIZ 4, Saltmarshes Eagleville Lake, Mansfield)
Wed June 28 Hammonassett State Park, Madison
Fri June 30 FINAL EXAM Specimen mounting & Collections Due

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