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 emergency orders for outdoor events. As required, all participants may be expected to wear face coverings. We will review safety guidelines as they are updated to ensure the safety of participants and our community.

The Class

Organized and led by Botanical Club of Wisconsin members Kevin Doyle, Mary Ann Feist, and Stephanie Lyon this class series is designed to welcome people of all levels of botanical and ecological expertise. During the first three (3) class days, we’ll identify the broader characteristics that define a natural community before looking more closely at the plants commonly found in them. For the 4th and final day of the class series and at a BMAP member’s property, we’ll put our expertise to work by conducting a working inventory of plant species of one or a few habitats.


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 yet socially distant bag lunch.

The date and location for the capstone plant inventory project at a BMAP member property will be finalized following registration. Your participation in this day is not required, though we’d welcome and appreciate your support on this fun day!

Registration and Schedule

Registration is $50 and limited to 10 participants. Registration opens April 15th at 12pm and can be found in our Events page.

While registration is open to all, priority will be first given to BMAP members with remaining openings (if any) then made available to non-members.

To fairly select participants due to the limited class size, we will randomly select 10 people from the pool of registrants to fill the final class roster once registration has closed on April 29th at 12pm. We will also maintain a limited waitlist. The $50 class fee will only be requested and processed once the final participants have been selected. 

Natural Communities for 2021 – Uplands of Southwestern WI

All classes are from 9am - 12pm

  1. Saturday, May 15 – Southern mesic forest at Blue Mounds State Park​

  2. Saturday, June 19 – Prairies at TPE's Mounds View Grassland​

  3. Saturday, July 10 – Oak Savanna at Pleasant Valley Conservancy​ SNA

  4. July 17 or 24 – Capstone inventory at BMAP Member private property

Questions? Contact Linda