Michigan Botanical Club - Great Lakes Chapter

The Great Lakes Chapter serves a diverse group of amateur and professional botanists throughout Michigan and the surrounding states in the Great Lakes region. We have members in Canada, and several States beyond the Great Lakes area. Members typically join GLC to subscribe to our peer-reviewed journal,  "The Great Lakes Botanist a Journal of North American Botany, which is published twice a year.  Your membership also includes a subscription to the spring and fall newsletter, the "Arisaema".   Members are invited to attend the Spring Botanical Foray, which is  a weekend event of field trips, lectures, and workshops focused on the botanical features of the area. This year's Foray will be held over Memorial Day Weekend in Bellaire, MI.  Details of the foray can be found on the Forays and Meetings page in April. 

Join the Great Lake Chapter — A Membership Form can be completed electronically and downloaded by clicking   GLC Membership Form.  

Fitzgerald Park Field Trip,  May 5th 2018 , Grand Ledge MI - RECAP

The Ledges at Fitzgerald Park

The Ledges at Fitzgerald Park

It was a  sunny spring day at the Ledges.  About 25 attendees walk the Ledges River Trail where we were greeted by a wide display wildflowers such as, wood anemone, toothwort, cohosh, spring beauty, baneberry, hepatica, and Solomon-seal.  About half of the group continued on the Acorn Loop which changed into a drier hilly habitat.  The marsh marigolds at the bottom of a ravine were stunning.   We kindly thank Jackie Blanc, Park Naturalist, for guiding us though the beautiful trails and pointing out the key species we might otherwise have missed.  The park is definitely a botanical gem, worthy of a followup visit.  Location: 15 miles west of Lansing,

MI 133 Fitzgerald Park Drive, Grand Ledge, MI 48837.

Congratulations to the Recipients of the 2018 Student Foray Awards !!!  

Sara Campbell and Ethan Jacobs, who are Great Lakes Chapter recipients of the 2018 Student Foray Awards

Sara Campbell and Ethan Jacobs, who are Great Lakes Chapter recipients of the 2018 Student Foray Awards

 The Great Lake Chapter is very pleased to introduce Sara Campbell from Michigan State University and Ethan Jacobs from North Central Michigan College, who are this year's recipients of the Student Foray Awards.  Each student received a 3-night stay at Shanty Creek Resorts in Bellaire, MI as part of the Michigan Botanical Club Spring Foray event.  An assortment of field trips and lectures were offered, as well as a complete meal package.  We thank the Michigan Botanical Foundation and your donations for providing financial support in making the awards program possible.  





Michigan Botanists’ Big Year 2019

All Great Lakes Chapter members are invited to join this year's online Cyber Foray events using the iNaturalist online database.  Participants can share plant observations and photos taken throughout the State of Michigan.  At the end of the year we’ll tally the results and share some interesting findings.  Simply log into Michigan Botanist's Big Year 2019 on the iNaturalist webpage and begin sharing you botanical findings.    If you need help signing in,  please visit,  How to Join and How to Add Observations. If you want a full introduction click here.  You can also contact Derek Shiels at derek@landtrust.org  .  We hope enjoy this new way to learn and share your botanical findings.

If you'd like to explore last year's observations visit: Great Lakes Chapter Cyber Foray 2018.  There were 44062 plant observations of 2563 species.  Congratulations to Joseph Kurtz who submitted the most plant observations for the year.

 Botanical Events, Societies, and Places of Interest- pilot project <click>

As you travel along the Great Lakes, take a look at one of the many botanical and native plant organizations that offer field trips, booklets, maps, workshops and interesting places to visit.   If you would like to have your event listed or know of a great place to botanize, please email the Content Manager .  

Officers and Directors: A list of all the current officers and directors can be found here,  If you are interested in becoming more involved with the GLC activities, please contact any of the Officers or Directors.