Plant Study Groups

Plant Study Groups

IMGP2936sThere are four plant study groups associated with ANPC. Three meet throughout the year, indoors through the fall and winter and outdoors through the spring and summer. Beginning in October or November and running through until April, the following groups generally meet monthly. Group participants meet to nurture their interest in and expand their knowledge of Alberta’s native plants and communities and local ecology. Please contact facilitators for details and to confirm attendance. Study groups are located in:


New Group – Peace River Plant Study Group  (Peace River)
Location:  NAIT Boreal Research Institute , 8102 – 99 Avenue, Peace River, AB (beside Northern Lakes College)
Date: First Wednesday of the month for the duration of the winter. March 1 & April 5 for the 2016-2017 winter season
Time: 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
RSVP: Space is limited! Please sign up by contacting Melanie Bird (
*Kristen Andersen, wetland ecologist, rare plant specialist and UofA instructor from the ANPC will be our first presenter on March 1. The group will meet once a month throughout the winter, with the hope of doing at least one plant walk in the summer. During the first session we’d like to solicit some feedback from the group around future topics, interests and presenters they would like to see.

Central Alberta Plant Study Group (Edmonton)
Location: University of Alberta, Biological Sciences Building (east end),
Room B-613; Saskatchewan Drive, Edmonton, AB
Dates: Last Wednesday of each month, October to April
Next Meeting: Wednesday, March 29, 2017 
Topic: This month is key testing: we’ll be working through Linda Kershaw and Lorna Allen’s updated keys for Ribes and Geum. These keys are in final form and the authors are very interested in any feedback you might be able to provide. Please bring a copy of the keys with you in soft or hard copy: they’re available here (Grossulariaceae for Ribes and Rosaceae for Geum). You may also want to bring along a hand lens if you’re not a microscope fan.
Time: 6:30 to 8:30 PM
Facilitator: Varina Crisfield
Please contact Varina ( if you’d like to attend or for more information.

Southern Alberta Plant Study Group (Calgary)
Location: University of Calgary Herbarium, Biological Sciences Basement Room 13. Parking is available in the lot next to the Bio. Sci. Bldg (south of building) for $8. C-train is also available.
Next Meeting: Saturday, February 4, 2017 

Time: noon to 4:00 PM
Topic:  Bonnie Smith will introduce us to the historical collections in the herbarium. As well, we’ll have a plant ID challenge. Come and try your hand at determining the ID of some tricky plants.
Please email Leslie at if you have any questions.  We are also always encouraging people to share what they are currently interested in or studying.
Facilitator: Leslie Monteleone
Please RSVP Leslie ( or Heide ( as space is limited.
Dates: First Saturday of the month; October to April inclusive

Medicine Hat Rare Plant Study Group (Medicine Hat)
Location: Medicine Hat College Herbarium (L155)
Date: Third Saturday of the month (except February)

Time: noon to 3:00 PM
Next Meeting: 

Topic: TBA

Facilitator: Cathy Linowski
Please contact Cathy ( if you’d like to attend or for more information.

Northern Plant and Ecology Study Group (NPESG)
This is a field-based study group, active through the growing season and into early autumn. Contact Marsha Hayward for more information (




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