Michigan Botanical Club - Great Lakes Chapter

New Chapter Name - The former Special Members Chapter changed its name to The Great Lakes Chapter to better represent the geographical distribution of our members.   Our Chapter serves members throughout the State of Michigan and the surrounding States in the Great Lakes area. We also have members in Canada, and several States beyond the Great Lakes basin. Members typically  join GLC to subscribe to our peer-reviewed journal,  "The Michigan Botanist- A Journal of Great Lakes Botany" which is published twice a year.  Your membership also includes a subscription to the spring and summer newsletter, the "Arisaema".   Members are invited to attend the Fall 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 over Labor Day Weekend in Kalamazoo, MI.  Details of the foray can be found on the Forays and Meetings page

How to Join GLC - Anyone interested in joining the Great Lakes Chapter may complete a GLC Membership Form.   You may also contact the Membership Coordinator, Irene Eiseman at eisemani@gmail.com

Next Field Trip:  Albion College Whitehouse Nature Center, Saturday, August 27, 9:30 AM.  Four hundred species of plants have been collected on this 135-acre site along the Kalamazoo River.  There are six miles of trails and a 3-acre tall-grass prairie.  Chapter members Barbara Rafaill, botanist and Albion College grad, and Dan Skean, Professor of Biology at Albion will lead the walk.  If time permits, we may visit nearby Brandt Woods.  The Nature Center is located on Farley Drive which runs east off of Hannah along the college sports complex.  Contact Jim Hewitt at tz4ggm@aol.com or 517-337-8409 with any questions.

Previous Field trip:  Our Spring wildflower walk to Palmer Woods Forest Reserve and Pete's Woods Preserve on May 21 was splendid. The woods were filled with a carpet of trillium and assorted wildflowers. It is certainly worth a return visit. 

Louise, Tim, Irene, Emily, Phyllis, and Nicole watch Derek help Ayla examine a butterfly she captured on the Palmer Woods walk May 21.

Louise, Tim, Irene, Emily, Phyllis, and Nicole watch Derek help Ayla examine a butterfly she captured on the Palmer Woods walk May 21.


Student Foray Awards !!!  The Special Member Chapter participates in the Joan Robb Student Foray Awards program that offers grants for students to attend the annual MBC Botanical Foray.  If you are a student and would like to complete an application form, click the Student Foray Application Form.  General information about the Awards Program can be found by clicking this link.  

Officers and Directors: Our Chapter is in the process of establishing a board of directors.  Please  welcome our new Vice-President, Derek Shields, who is a graduate of Central Michigan University and is a staff member of the Little Traverse Conservancy.  Derek and his family currently reside in Petoskey, MI.  A list of all the current officers and directors can be found here

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