Michigan Botanical Club - Great Lakes Chapter

The Great Lakes Chapter serves members throughout Michigan and the surrounding states in the Great Lakes basin. We also have members in Canada, and several States beyond the Great Lakes area. Members typically join GLC to subscribe to our peer-reviewed journal,  "The Great Lakes Botanist" a Journal of North American 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 Spring 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 Memorial Day Weekend in St. Ignace, MI.  Details of the foray can be found on the Forays and Meetings page in April. 

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

NEW!  GLC Cyber Foray 2017

All Great Lakes Chapter members are invited to join our first ever GLC Cyber Foray 2017 event.   What is a cyber foray? It is all of the staples of a traditional foray -- it is making botanical discoveries, it is learning new plants, it is learning from experts, and sharing your knowledge with others. This all happens through a powerful social media network and biological databasing tool called iNaturalist.  Participants add plant observations and photos to a members-only GLC project page.  Members can assist with plant identification and comment on the postings.  At the end of the year we’ll tally the results and share some interesting findings.  We welcome you now to join in on the Great Lakes Chapter Cyber Foray 2017.  If you need help signing in,  please visit,  How to Join and How to Add Observations. If you want a full introduction click here.  You can also contact Derek Shiels at landtrust.org .  We hope enjoy this new way to learn and share your botanical findings.

Student Foray Awards !!!  

The Great Lake Chapter participates in the Joan Robb Student Foray Awards program that offers grants for students to attend the annual MBC Botanical Foray.  The 2017 Spring  Foray was held in St. Ignace, MI during Memorial Day weekend, May 27-29.  If you would like to apply for the 2017 Foray Award, complete an application form, click the Student Foray Application Form.  General information about the Awards Program can be found by clicking this link.  

Congratulations to Kailey Miller and Tom Charney,  who are recipients of the 2017 Student Foray Awards.  Both students are currently attending Michigan State University. 

2016 Field trips:  May 21, 2016

Our Spring wildflower walk to Palmer Woods Forest Reserve and Pete's Woods Preserve 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.

August 27, 2016 - Albion College Whitehouse Nature Center.  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.

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