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College of Extended Learning

New Brunswick Plants and Their Habitats

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BIOL 1846 (4 credit hours)

Students from any faculty and lifelong learners have a chance to participate in a unique, hands-on 7-day course that explores the floristic diversity of New Brunswick during summer 2018.

Students who participate can earn elective credits toward their degree. The course is also open to the public, and in past years has attracted participants from a variety of backgrounds.

The objectives of this course are to explore different habitats and gain an appreciation for floristic diversity within New Brunswick. Through the process of learning how to identify some of the common plant species in the N.B. Flora, students will gain the skills and the tools necessary to identify everything within the broad scope of our vascular flora.


  • Learn how to identify common plant species in New Brunswick
  • Gain the skills and tools needed to identify other species beyond what the course covers
  • Taught by experts who collectively bring 70+ years of knowledge and hands-on experience in the botanical profession
  • Take daily field trips to seashores, lake shores, bogs, and different hardwood ridges
  • Learn how to make use of botanical resources

Program information

Date: Aug. 25 - Aug. 31, 2018 (max. enrolment of 16 people)
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Location: UNB Fredericton, Bailey Hall, Room 13

Gart Bishop ( – Botanical Consultant and Writer (B & B Botanical)
Rick Fournier ( – Retired forestry lab supervisor at the University of Moncton Edmundston campus
Matthew Methven – Assistant field trip leader


This course can be taken for credit (4 credit hours) or audited.

Tuition fees for credit students

Auditing student fees

An additional $150 program fee is required at registration. Course costs do not include meals or accommodation. Full tuition payment is due August 24

Assignments & exams

50% Plant collection of 30 species [5 trees, 5 shrubs, 5 graminoids, 3 aquatic herbs, 7 terrestrial herbs, 5 ferns/fern allies]
  • 20% identification
  • 20% collection quality
  • 10% Field book
10% Five (5) 15-20 minute nightly written quizzes
20% Specimen identification on Friday, Aug. 31
20% Class attendance and participation

The 2018 field course is now full.

To put your name on a waitlist, in case a seat becomes available, please call (506) 451-6824 or email

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Toll free: 1 866 599-4646

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