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New Brunswick Plants and Their Habitats

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BIOL 1846

Due to COVID-19, this course has been cancelled and will not be offered in 2021. Please check back in 2022 for an update.

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 2020.

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.

Note: This course can be taken for credit (BIOL 1846: 4 credit hours).

Why take this course?

  • 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
  • Be taught by experts who collectively have 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

Course details

Date: Aug. 15 - Aug. 21, 2020 (max. enrolment of 20 people) TBD
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Location: UNB Fredericton, Bailey Hall, Room 13
Instructors: Gart Bishop ( – Botanical Consultant and Writer (B & B Botanical)
Rick Fournier ( – Retired forestry lab supervisor - University of Moncton
Matthew Methven – Assistant field trip leader

Due to COVID-19, this course has been cancelled.

Learn more about tuition fees for credit students.

An additional $150 non-refundable program fee is required at registration. Course costs do not include meals or accommodations. Registration is not confirmed until the tuition has been paid in full. Full tuition payment is due July 24.

Program information

40% Plant Collection of 20 species (5 ferns, 6 herbs, 3 graminoids, 3 shrubs, 3 trees)
  • 30% identification
  • 10% collection quality
20% Habitat assessment (including a 5-minute presentation of each habitat in front of the class on Day 7)
10% Field book
10% Four plant identification nightly quizzes
10% Final plant identification quiz Day 7
10% Class attendance and participation

The last day will be shorter. Weather and other considerations may cause us to vary from the schedule.

8:30 a.m. - 10 a.m. Morning lecture (first day starts at 8:30 a.m.)
10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Lab work/specimen processing
12 p.m. - 1 p.m. Lunch
1 p.m. - 5 p.m. Fieldwork
5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Supper
6:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Evening quiz
7 p.m. - 8 p.m. Evening lecture
8 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Plant identification in lab


  • Newcomb’s Wildflower Guide by G. Morrison & L. Newcomb – available at ($19.95+shipping - there will be copies available for students to use)
  • Flora of New Brunswick, 2nd Edition by H.R. Hinds; - available at the UNB Biology Office or from the instructors at the beginning of the course ($25, cash only). This is a necessary book. Copies are available at biology office, bookstore, or at start of class.
  • Plant Identification Terminology: An Illustrated Glossary by James G. Harris; - available on ($51.95+shipping).  A free PDF can also be downloaded.      


  • Hand Lens – (at least 10 x) – available at the UNB bookstore and at BAP (1-800-561-3600, 385 Wilsey Road, Fredericton. NB).
  • Small hard-covered notebook and pencil for field notes
  • At least 20 plastic bags (old grocery bags) for collecting in the field

Recommended items:

  • Rubber Boots (will be in bogs and wet woods)
  • Field Boots
  • Rain jacket
  • Day Pack
  • Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug spray
  • Snacks
  • Water

Suggested items:

  • Camera
  • Trowel
  • Clippers
  • Compass or GPS unit (if you have one)