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Native Plants of Wisconsin

Local plant communities are at risk from multiple invasive species. Discover how to distinguish between native and non-native species. Learn how you can help by incorporating native plants into your yard.

Key Program Information

Understand the role native plants play in supporting our ecosystem 

Don't miss this opportunity to learn about native plants of Wisconsin. Understand the important role that native plants play in Wisconsin and the potential negative impacts of non-native plants species. Discover how to promote native species in your yard. Learn how to identify native plants and invasive species. You will also be able to apply what you learn as you identify local native plant species with your instructor and classmates as we stroll through Putnam Park.

What you will learn in this 2 session class: 

Session 1 

-Learn why native plant species are important to biodiversity and ecosystem functioning 
-Distinguish between native and non-native species, describe potential negative impacts of non-native species, and describe key examples in the region 
-Survey local plant species in Putnam Park 

Session 2  

-Design small changes to incorporate native plants into gardens at home and explain why these changes are beneficial
-Use field guides to identify plants in the wild 

Native wildflowers of Wisconsin

Who should attend

Anyone interested in learning about sustainable use and conservation of native plants.


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     Dr. Nora Mitchell is an assistant professor of Biology at UWEC. She teaches courses on plant diversity, evolution, organismal biology, and bioinformatics. Her current research focuses on hybridization and population genetics of sunflowers in Wisconsin, and has previously worked on sunflowers in Texas and sugarbushes in South Africa. In addition to her academic pursuits, she is an avid runner and ultimate frisbee player, coaching the UWEC college women’s team, SOL.

Cancellation Policy

We understand life happens. Should you need to cancel your registration, you may substitute someone to take your place, at any time, at no cost to you. If we cancel a program, we’ll give you your money back.

If your program is 14 or more days away:
You may transfer once to any currently available program – no charge!
If you have to cancel, you will receive a refund, minus a 20% administrative fee.

If your program is less than 14 days away:
You may transfer once to any currently available program, plus a 20% transfer fee.
If you cancel, you will not receive a refund.

If you are registered and do not attend the program, you are responsible for the full fee.

Substitution, refund or transfer requests must be submitted via email or phone call to UW-Eau Claire Continuing Education.

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