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 Summer 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 in July on the Northern Michgian University campus, Marquette, MI.  Details of the foray can be found on the Forays and Meetings page.

Join the Great Lake Chapter — A Membership Form can be completed and submitted online by visiting this link (click here) or you can download and mail in the form by clicking   GLC Membership Form.  

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. Observations made in Michigan and submitted to iNaturalist automatically become part of the Cyber Foray. You do not need to add them to the project. Just submit to iNaturalist and go! However, to follow along and receive updates to your iNaturalist account, you will need to join the project (here is how). You can contact Derek Shiels at derek@landtrust.org with questions.  We hope you 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.

Michigan State University Herbarium Tour and Sanford Natural Area

Spring Wildflower Walk - Saturday, May 4th, 1:00 p.m.

Springtime at Sanford Natural Area

Springtime at Sanford Natural Area

Join us as we visit the MSU Herbarium which is among the 25 largest university-based herbaria in the country. The herbarium is noted for its renowned lichen collection and boasts more than 540,000 plant specimens.  We’ll follow-up with a short 1 mile drive across campus to Sanford Nature Area to enjoy the spring wildflowers and walk along the Red Cedar River. 

Location:  MSU Herbarium, Plant Biology Lab, Bldg 166, Wilson Road, East Lansing, MI 48824.  We’ll then continue with a short drive to the Sanford Nature Area trail head. 

 Driving Directions:  From US 127 (aka I-486)  take exit 9 onto Trowbridge Road. Drive 1 mile and turn left onto Farm Lane.  Drive 0.1 miles on Farm Lane and turn right onto Wilson Road.  Drive 0.1 miles to the Herbarium on your right. 

Contact Carolyn Miller at miller94@msu.edu to register for the event.  

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.  


Botanical Events, Societies, and Places of Interest- <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.