Plant Study Groups

Plant Study Groups



2020-2021 Plant Study Group Webinar Series

Although we will not be able to meet in person this fall and winter for Plant Study Groups, we are pleased to announce that we will be hosting an online Webinar Series. The webinars will run biweekly on Thursdays beginning with a presentation from Lorna Allen on Thursday, October 15th at 12:00 pm. When possible, the webinars will be recorded and recordings made available to registrants to watch at a later time. Please register here for the webinar series.

We are still looking for more presenters to conduct 20-45 minute presentations. Please feel free to contact to discuss presentation ideas and dates. We are open to many topics and encourage presentations with lots of pictures of landscapes and flowers from the beautiful places you have visited across Alberta.



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:
  TBA – cancelled until further notice.
Time: 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
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)
Date: TBA – cancelled until further notice.
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: TBA 
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: TBA
Time: noon to 4:00 pm
Facilitator: Jennifer Muir. As space is limited, please RSVP to Jennifer at
Wishing you a great (if unconventional) summer filled with socially-distanced botanizing! Please take lots of photos of your adventures and share them with the group next winter. 🙂
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.

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




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