Using simple terms, the course will introduce diverse and practical ways to classify and recognize plants. Classifications like evergreens versus deciduous plants; annuals versus perennials, ecological and size classifications (trees shrubs, herbs, and ephemerals) provide information about plant habits, lifestyle, longevity, hints for growing or finding them. They are alternatives to the l Linnean system of naming plants with binomials (genus and species), an identification based on external features (flower morphology, leaf shape and size) and implying knowledge of the plant family. In addition to species name, identification implies information about plant habits, relatives, longevity, occurrence and constituents. Although short, the course introduces > 20 of the most important plant families with natives to the Pacific Northwest. The second part consists of easy plant walks to the St. Edward’s woods in which you will use the gained knowledge to identify wild and some domesticated plants (Bastyr Herb Garden).
At the end of this course students will:
We recommend students have an illustrated book about the wild life flora of the Pacific Northwest (recommended is Pojar and McKinnon “Plants of the Pacific Northwesrt Coast” and R Taylor “Northwest Weeds”) to bring it. Some handouts will be provided. You should also bring a hand lens, a simple folder or plant press to collect plant samples for later identification or preservation).
Please note this course is in the lab, classroom and in the woods. Please wear or bring closed-toed shoes appropriate for walking in the woods.
Bastyr University is housed in an older facility with fluctuating interior temperatures; it is advisable to wear layers. Also, Bastyr is a “fragrance-free” campus.
Other Upcoming Botany at Bastyr Community Education Courses:
Plant Signatures - July 20
Herbal Remedies - July 27
Plant Pigments & Dyes - August 3
Plant Fragrances - August 10
Purchase all 5 courses by July 13th for $280 and save 20% off the public rate. Please note, if you register for the full package, the last day for a refund is June 28, 2019.
Continuing and Community Education Cancellation Policy
Instructor: Rainer Stahlberg, PhD
Rainer Stahlberg is a plant researcher. He received a PhD in plant biology in 1979 working on electrical signals in plants. Rainer taught botany in Germany (Humboldt University Berlin), Russia (st. Petersburg), and the United States (University of Washington and Bastyr University). He also taught Botany together with the legendary Arthur Kruckeberg to public audiences enrolling for weekend classes with the North Cascade Institute. Arthur introduced Rainer to the plants of the Pacific Northwest from 1998 to 2006. He also imparted his philosophy that science does not exist in a ivory tower or university and that it is the duty of its participants to report back to and serve the public. Rainer has taught botany to kids; major and non-major students and normal people and he I developed a hands-on approach that can be understood by anybody anywhere.