Advanced Plant Identification

Date: Friday, January 10, 2020

- Friday, February 7, 2020

Time: 1:00PM - 3:00PM

Instructor: Mary Carroll

Location: Arroyo Room

This class is sold out.

Do your friends and family rely on you to identify the plants around you? Do you ever tell them a plant name without absolute certainty because you know no one will be the wiser? Uncertainty begone! Botanist Mary Carroll will guide you on the path of botanical accuracy in Advanced Plant Identification. She'll introduce you to the powerhouse of native botanical knowledge that is The Jepson Manual, the official Flora of vascular plants of California. You'll learn botanical terminology, hone your observational skills, learn how to use a dichotomous key, and discover the awe-inspiring details of plants under magnification. This is a fun, hands-on course that will make you the unofficial botanist on all outdoor explorations.

Recommended materials:

10x hand lens

The Jepson Manual, Second Edition


Mary Carroll holds a Master’s degree in Botany and is a former Garden Director of Education. She conducts botanical surveys, performs habitat restoration throughout the state, leads botanical field trips, and teaches classes in botany and ecology. She enjoys opportunities to share her knowledge of the plant world with both novice and advanced students.

Natural History