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Are you interested in ‘reading’ the landscapes of Southwestern WI? Would you like to improve your plant identification skills? Do you learn best in the field with new friends?

Then this NEW Natural Communities of Southwestern WI class is for you! 


Organized and directed by the Botanical Club of WI this is a unique opportunity for BMAP members!

COVID Precautions: This program is planned as a series of outdoor, in-person activities and will follow the safety guidance put forth by Public Health Madison and Dane County. We will review guidelines as they are updated to ensure the safety of participants.

The Class

Organized and led by Botanical Club of Wisconsin members Kevin Doyle, Mary Ann Feist, and Brenda Molano-Flores this class series is designed to welcome people of all levels of botanical and ecological expertise. For each class, we’ll identify the broader characteristics that define a natural community before looking more closely at the plants commonly found in them.


Each class day, we will examine a particular natural community under three separate lenses: ecology, plant identification, and plant pollination. The day will end with an opportunity for unstructured botanizing and asking questions. The class begins at 9am and formally ends at 12pm-noon, though everyone is encouraged to stick around for a sociable bag lunch.

Registration and Schedule

Registration is $50 and limited to 15 participants. Register now!

While registration is open to all on March 7th, class openings will first be given to BMAP and Botanical Club of WI members. Two weeks later and beginning March 21st, the remaining openings (if any) will be made available to the general public until all 15 spots are filled. Within the member and non-member registration blocks, registrations are processed on a first-come, first-served basis. 

If you are not a member of either organization and register before March 21, we will send you a formal class confirmation if openings remain available following our priority deadline. Non-member registrations will be processed in the order they were received, i.e. from their submission date (including those submitted previous to March 21).


Instructions to pay the $50 class fee will be sent to those registrants on the final roster.


Natural Communities for 2022: Uplands of Southwestern WI

  1. 1 - 4pm on Saturday, May 7 – Southern mesic forest at Abraham's Woods SNA

  2. 9am - 12pm on Saturday, June 25 – Prairies at TPE's Mounds View Grassland​

  3. 9am - 12pm on Saturday, July 9 – Oak Savanna at Pleasant Valley Conservancy​ SNA


Questions? Contact Linda 

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