Restoring Landscapes: Picturing Plants

Spring 2022
Junior - Senior
Class Size: 25
16 Credits per quarter
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In this program, you will gain the skills needed for fieldwork in floristics. You will learn how to use Hitchcock and Cronquist's Flora of the Pacific Northwest, a technical key for identifying unknown plants. You will gain an introduction to the diagnostic characters of plant families and how to collect herbarium specimens. Throughout the quarter, you will maintain a detailed field journal, which will constitute a significant part of your work and be used to assess field skills. Seminars will focus particularly on the conservation and ecology of South Puget Sound prairies and associated oak woodlands. Particularly in the context of these cultural ecosystems, you will learn about traditional Indigenous land management practices used to foster useful plants and animals including burning. The one-day field trips (Sat, April 23; Fri, May 6 and Fri, May 20) are critical to the work of the program and participation in at least two of them is expected. We’ll be botanizing in wildflower-rich prairies in the Columbia Gorge, our local prairies, and an old growth forest in Olympic National Park in that order.

This program also offers opportunities for you to learn scientific approaches to representing plants through observational drawing, botanical illustration workshops, illustration assignments, and plant walks. Participants will study the history of botanical illustration and develop skills in black and white illustration (pen and ink as well as scratchboard) and color illustration (watercolor pencils and/or watercolors) techniques. Through detailed and careful observations recorded visually and in written form, you will apply what you are learning about plant taxonomy and botanical illustration in your field journal and pocket sketchbooks. You will create a portfolio of work reflecting your ability to work in different media to picture plants. This offering will prepare you for careers and advanced study in: biodiversity studies, botanical illustration, conservation, floristics, and plant ecology.

Spring Course Equivalencies:

6:   Field Plant Taxonomy*

2:   Botanical Illustration

4:   Introduction to Ecological Restoration*

4:   Indigenous Natural Resource Management Practices*

A maximum of 14 upper division science credits may be earned



Students can meet the prerequisite with Botany: Plants and People or Botany offered at Evergreen in fall 2019 and Plants and People in winter 2020. Alternatively, transfer students and others who have successfully completed a one quarter course in introductory plant biology that had weekly labs are encouraged to apply. A demonstrated ability to render plants accurately is a bonus but not required.

Spring 2022 Registration

Signature Required

Please email ( faculty by week 9 of winter quarter articulating how you have met the prerequisites. Please provide three samples of your botanical illustration work in the form of attached pdfs, tiffs, or jpegs. Knowing what your academic goals are as well would be helpful to advise whether this is a good course of study.

Course Reference Numbers

Jr - Sr (16): 30195

Academic details

Preparatory For

conservation, ecological restoration, floristic research methods, forestry, natural resource management, plant ecology, plant taxonomy and vegetation ecology.

Maximum Enrollment
Class Standing

 $50 required lab fee 

Upper Division Science Credit

U p to 14 upper-division science credits may be earned in field plant taxonomy, vegetation ecology, and restoration ecology.

Internship Opportunities

Students can apply for the Prairie Conservation Internship for a minimum of 25 hours/week. Please email a letter of interest to by week 7 of winter quarter.  Interns focus their time on monitoring vegetation for a suite of projects, including: 1) grazing impacts on native plant communities, 2) effects of microsite conditions on native plant establishment, 3) survival and establishment of rare plants 4) restoration efficacy across JBLM prairies, and/or 5) butterfly behavior response to variations in habitat quality. The interns work on a multi-person team on restoration research projects throughout the term, gaining experience with plant identification, vegetation monitoring methods, data management, and the overall restoration process. Through involvement in these and other projects, students will gain extensive knowledge on prairie ecology, restoration techniques and cultural landscapes.


Time Offered
Schedule Evergreen link
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First Meeting

LAB 1 1050 - Class Lab
May be offered again in
<p>Spring 2023-2024</p>


Date Revision
2022-02-22 $50 required lab fee added
2021-12-06 Student fee removed (was $350)