Plant Study Groups

Plant Study Groups

IMGP2936sThere are a number of plant study groups associated with ANPC. They 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. 


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 (October to May)
Next Meeting: Wednesday, February 7, 2018
Time: 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Topic:  Specimen Mounting Party or Peatland Moss Identification – group number dependent
RSVP: Space is limited! Please sign up by contacting Melanie Bird (

About PRPSG – We are a group of people who enjoy the beauty of the outdoors and learning about local native plants around the Boreal Region, in a relaxed, group participation driven environment. We are looking for anyone with an interest in plants to join us once a month to learn about and practice identifying local species, and explore additional topics related to what’s happening in the world of native plants in Alberta. Each session will consist of a brief presentation about a specific plant topic followed by an exercise, activity or group discussion about it.
Presentations will include vascular plants, mosses, and lichens, from a variety of perspectives. Artists, naturalists, novice and expert botanists are all welcome. As with the other groups, there is no membership requirement but we also strongly recommend participants support the ANPC by joining.

Grande Prairie Plant Study Group
The Grande Prairie Plant Study Group will have their next meeting as follows:
Location: Grande Prairie Regional College, Room A213
Topic: Jaime Walker will be giving a presentation on Ecosites of Alberta. For a poster about this presentation, please click here.
Date: Wednesday, March 13, 2018
Time: 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m
If you would like to be on the mailing list, please contact Kristen at  

Central Alberta Plant Study Group (Edmonton)
Location: Room B-521 (for this occasion) Biological Sciences Building (east end), Botany Wing, Saskatchewan Drive, University of Alberta,  Edmonton
Dates: Last Wednesday of each month, October to April
Next Meeting: Wednesday, February 28, 2018 
Topic: Seven species of Boreal Willows – part II, with Varina Crisfield. This will be mainly scope work, but bring a hand lens if you have one.
Time: 6:30 to 8:30 PM
Facilitator: Varina Crisfield
Please contact Varina ( if you’d like to attend or for more information.
Call out for Presenters! If you have any ideas or suggestions for topics at the CAPSG, please contact Varina at Some time may be spent “test driving” new keys developed by Linda Kershaw and Lorna Allen. If anyone has any requests for families or genera to focus on, let Varina know! Keys are available here.
About CAPSG: The study group is simply a collection of people of various skill levels who come together to learn more about plant taxonomy, ecology and management. Study group sessions are informal with varied formats: sometimes we focus entirely on specimen study, other meetings are presentation-based. The group relies heavily on members volunteering to lead meetings. Occasionally we get in external experts but mostly we learn from each other. There are no attendance requirements or memberships, though we strongly recommend that members join the ANPC (Alberta Native Plant Council) to support their work, which includes these study groups.

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.
Date: First Saturday of the month, October to April.

Next Meeting: Saturday, February 3, 2018
Time: noon to 4:00 pm
Topics: 1
. Let’s spend some time looking at our friends, the mustards. For a change of pace, let’s forego a formalized talk this month and dive in head first to siliques, silicles and lovely minute hairs! Don’t forget your hand lens! A recent (and excellent) brassicaceae key is available for free here: Print it out if you haven’t already (or bring your electronic device of choice), and let’s work together to broaden our understanding of this sometimes-challenging group.
2. If there’s time, let’s give back to the herbarium by helping Bonnie to organize the collection. She’ll direct us to the area(s) most needing our attention.
Facilitator: Jennifer Muir. As space is limited, please RSVP to Jennifer at
Call out for Presenters! The SAPSG is looking for topic ideas and volunteer plant enthusiasts to share their talents and knowledge with the group. Please contact Jennifer Muir at

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

Time: 3:00 PM
Next Meeting: Saturday, March 24, 2018
Topic: Join other plant enthusiasts to refresh your grass ID skills with Diana Boxma and follow-up with a how to distinguish tiny cryptanthe from other cryptanths.
We will meet in the herbarium at Medicine Hat College at 3 PM which is a bit later than previous workshops.
To ensure that the workshop will take place, please RSVP to me (clinowski@mhc.ab.caprior to Thursday March 22.
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, operating in the Wood Buffalo National Park area, active through the growing season and into early autumn.  Contact Marsha Hayward for more information (

Northern Plant & Ecology Study Group summer field trip – download a descriptive poster here.

Please join us for a Native Plant Study excursion, on Saturday August 4th, 2018 when the ANPC- NPESG explores the lush shoreline, and aquatic native plant habitat of beautiful Wolf Lake, Alberta.

Located W of Cold Lake, Alberta and E of Lac la Biche, this clear water glacial-origin lake abounds with lush shoreline and micro-habitat native plant species. Wild ferns and rare plants abound in the steep hilled, old – growth forest within adjacent Boreal Uplands. Be prepared to see ‘rat root’, river otter, beavers, moose, great blue herons, pelican’s, loons and other wildlife. * If time allows, a short hike up fern-filled creek to view Conocephalum salebrosum, Matteuccia struthiopteris, Dryopteris intermedia, and 300 year old Betula papyrifera trees.

*Boat required. ANPC is researching canoe and/or kayak rental for interested persons. You will need proper hiking attire, lunch & snack’s, lots of liquids, canoe or kayak, boat kit, fishing rods and your “discovery frame-of-mind”.




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