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, November 6, 2019
Time: 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Topic: Carnivorous plants of the boreal (Melanie Bird)
Facilitator: Melanie Bird – Please contact Melanie ( to attend or for more information.
About PRPSG – 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. Artists, naturalists, novice and expert botanists are all welcome.
There is no membership requirement but as with the other groups we 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:
New Location:  #204, 10301-112 Street in Grande Prairie (2nd floor conference room)
Topic: TBA
Date: Fall 2019
Time: 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m
If you plan to attend, please contact Kristen at  

Central Alberta Plant Study Group (Edmonton)
Location: Room B-613 Biological Sciences Building (east end), U of A Herbarium, Botany Wing, Saskatchewan Drive, University of Alberta,  Edmonton
Dates: Last Wednesday of each month, October to April
Next Meeting: January 29, 2019
Topic: This month we’ll be doing another round of key testing with Linda Kershaw and Lorna Allen. For those who have not attended this type of session before, they’re a great way to familiarise yourself with using dichotomous keys and getting to know a couple of genera in depth, and you have the opportunity to talk to the authors about any points in the key that might be stumping you. They also provide valuable feedback to the authors of the keys about how well the keys work in practice. This time we’ll focus on two genera within the Fabaceae (peas) – Oxytropis and Lupinus
Facilitator: Varina Crisfield
Please contact Varina ( for more information and if you would like to attend.
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 1, 2020
Time: noon to 4:00 pm
Bill Leach will present on “Some Alpine Areas of Botanical Interest” and Ryan James will present on “Rare Mosses in Siliceous Areas of the Sunshine Meadows-Egypt Lake Area of Banff National Park”
Facilitator: Jennifer Muir. As space is limited, please RSVP to Jennifer at
Call out for Presenters! Did you delve into a mysterious taxonomic group this summer, or encounter amazing wildflower vistas or unique habitats during the field season? Consider presenting at SAPSG! The group is a friendly and informal venue to share a common fondness for plants and the natural world – we would love to hear from you! If you are interested in presenting at a meeting this year, or know of someone who might be interested, please get in touch with Jen Muir at

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

Time: TBA
Next Meeting: Cancelled until further notice.

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

Northern Plant and Ecology Study Group (NPESG)

The NPESG Northern Plant & Ecology Study Group, is part of the ANPC Northern Outreach. These ANPC sponsored plant walks, are general level outdoor hikes, designed for interested individuals, families or groups of people, wanting to learn more about our native plants and their connecting ecology.
Since 2013, several outdoor NPESG native plant walks have been held yearly in different road-accessible regions of northern Alberta.

The next 2019 NPESG plant walk will be: August 31 and September 1:

Hutch Lake Campground and Fire Tower Road (and reservoir) up into lower Boreal Highlands ( sub-alpine fir and other related species). Beautiful views. Amazing birch and fern forests. Located: 3/4 hour north of High Level in a southern disjunct beginning of Cameron Uplands. Download the poster here.

The location has beautiful treed campgrounds beside lakes, within reasonable driving distance of High Level.
The locations have thick old growth habitat and are excellent examples of boreal uplands in a northern setting.

To find out more information about NPESG and these plant walks, please email Marsha Hayward (Northern Director) at




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