Native Plant Trust


Monday, April 22, 2024—Friday, August 16, 2024

Plant Families

In this online, self-paced foundational course, you will learn how to recognize characteristic patterns among twelve flowering plant families in New England such as buttercups (Ranunculeae), mints (Lamiaceae), mustards (Brassicaceae), orchids (Orchidaceae), grasses (Poaceae), and asters (Asteraceae). You will be introduced to concepts and tools to identify plants quickly and accurately in the field, basic botanical terms for describing plants, methods of classification, and techniques for field and microscopic observations and dissections. This course includes both outdoor and indoor hands-on assignments. Because our learning will follow the bloom times of plants, assignments are time-sensitive. There is a forum for peer discussion, and your learning is guided by an instructor who will review your assignments and answer your questions. Thomas Elpel’s Botany in a Day is the required companion text. (Check our Garden Shop for copies: 774-301-8465.)

Please note: Registration closes Monday, June 12, 2024 at 12 PM OR when all spaces are filled, whichever comes first.

Date/time detailsCourse Access from Monday, April 22, 2024, 12 PM through Friday, August 16, 2024, 12 PM. Registration closes Monday, June 10, 2024 at 12 PM OR when all spaces are filled, whichever comes first.
LocationOnline, self-paced
Program codeCERO102
Fee$158 (Members) / $210 (Nonmembers)
InstructorNeela de Zoysa
CertificateBasic Certificate Core