San Diego County is rich in plant species, having more species than any other county in the United States. This program, taught by expert botanists from academia, museums, and environmental consulting, will empower participants to learn the common plants of several of the major plant communities in our area, and to learn the skills needed to identify, collect, and survey plants and plant communities.
The course is designed for the serious amateur botanist, environmental consultant, or employee of an environmental governmental organization to acquire the basic knowledge and skills of plant taxonomy, native plant identification, and plant community assessment. After taking this course, students should be able to: identify many of the common, native and naturalized plants of San Diego County by scientific names; identify an unknown taxon using a taxonomic key and specimen comparisons; learn the characteristics and be able to recognize about 15 angiosperm families; learn how to properly collect, document, and process a plant from the field; properly use the collections of an herbarium; learn the major plant communities/vegetation regions of our area; and learn basic plant community surveying techniques.
Participants must be in reasonable physical condition to take moderate hikes on required field trips