Alberta Native Plant Council

Plant Study Groups

Plant Study Groups

“The following webinars were offered as a virtual replacement for our Plant Study Groups over the 2020-2021 season. If you would like to access the recordings of these events, please become an ANPC member. There are currently no further webinars planned, however stay tuned for updates.


2020-2021 Plant Study Group Webinar Series

We were not be able to meet in person in 2020-2021 for Plant Study Groups, but we were pleased to host an online Webinar Series. 
Although ANPC opened up the live broadcast of these webinars to the public, recordings of these webinars are only available to ANPC Members. For more information on the benefits of membership and how to join, click here. For questions about the webinars and access, please enquire at 


Date Presenter Topic
October 15th, 2020
Lorna Allen 
North South East or West, which Natural Region is Best?
October 29th, 2020


Jordan Bell, ABMI

Barbara Kowalzik, City of Calgary 
NatureLynx and Alberta PlantWatch: A Budding Collaboration

Calgary, Naturally: Native Plants and Pollinators 

 Nov. 12th, 2020 Kristyn Mayner

Norma Calvo

The Who-What-Why of the ANPC

Chickweeds (Cerastium sp.) of Alberta

 Nov. 26th, 2020 Kristen Andersen  Plants of Whitehorse Wildland Park 
 Dec. 10th, 2020 Karel Bergmann  Small, easily overlooked plants; some less common
finds in southern Alberta 
2021 Winter Schedule :  
January 14th, 2021


David Evans, ABMI
Tentative: A Report from the Field and ABMI Data Products
January 28th, 2021

Melanie Bird
Ryan James

Peatland Bryophytes
Unintended consequences, the effects of light pollution on plants

February 11th, 2021
Steven Tannas, Tannas Conservation Services

Vegetative Identification of Willows


February 25th, 2021


Steven Tannas, Tannas Conservation Services

Sedge Identification and Keying


March 11th, 2021
Latifa Ahmed-Pelletier, ALCLA Native Plant Nursery
Growing Native Plants



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 
Facilitators: Diana Tirlea ( and Brittney Miller (
Please contact either of these for more information.
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)
This group has been discontinued.


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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