Native Plant Trust


Monday, October 18, 2021—Monday, March 14, 2022

Plant Families

What are the underlying evolutionary relationships and patterns in plants? In this foundational course, you will learn the botanical terms used to describe plants and flowers, the evolutionary/phylogenetic basis for classification, and the identifying characteristics for several major plant families common to New England. With diagrams, images, and further resources offered to reinforce the concepts, you will apply the new material through indoor and outdoor assignments and peer forums. This Basic Certificate online core course is self-paced, with opportunities for peer discussion, expert access for questions, and field projects. A facilitator will guide you in your learning, review your assignments, and answer your questions. View syllabus.

Note: Our three current Foundations courses (open October 18, 2021 through March 14, 2022)—Plant Form and Function, Plant Families, and Plant Ecology—are sold out, and registration is closed for the rest of the Fall/Winter 2021 semester. We'll be offering them again in the Spring/Summer 2022 semester, and course access will open April 25 and close September 12. More program details and registration for the spring/summer 2022 courses will be available on our Classes & Field Studies page in mid-March.

Date/time detailsCourse access available from October 18, 2021 to March 14, 2022
LocationSelf-paced online
Program codeCERO102
Fee$150 (Members)/$200 (Nonmembers)
InstructorNeela de Zoysa
CertificateBasic Core