West Virginia Master Naturalist Class Description
||WILDFLOWERS AND WEEDS
||Explore the classification, diversity, and ecology of the wildflowers.
Learn techniques for collection and study.
||Spring, summer, fall
||Hand lens, field guides, digging tool, plastic bags, plant press.
||The student will gain a basic understanding of
- the major groups and important families of flowering plants.
- basic terms for describing flowering plants.
- how to collect and preserve plants.
- identifying flowering plants using field guides and keys.
- approaches to further study, including helpful references and
West Virginia Master Naturalist Class Outline
|| WILDFLOWERS AND WEEDS
- Broad classification of herbaceous flowering plants
- Monocots some major families
Dicots some major families
Form and function
- Rose family
- Parsley family
- Underground parts
- Flowers and reproduction
- Fruits and seeds
Useful (to humans) wild plants
- Nitrogen fixing
- Parasitic plants
- Carnivorous plants
How to collect and preserve green plants
- Cordage, basketry, etc.
How to learn more
- A complete specimen
- Adequate collection data: location, date, collector, habitat
- Pressing and drying
- Maintaining your collection
Suggestions for study
- West Virginia Native Plant Society and other organizations
- Creating checklists
- Phenology: flowering and fruiting dates
- Pollination and pollinators
- Habitats and associates