Michigan Botanical Club - Great Lakes Chapter

The Great Lakes Chapter serves a diverse group of amateur and professional botanists throughout Michigan and the surrounding states in the Great Lakes region. We 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 fall 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 Bellaire, MI.  Details of the foray can be found on the Forays and Meetings page in April. 

Join the Great Lake Chapter

A Membership Form can be completed electronically and downloaded by clicking   GLC Membership Form.  

Fitzgerald Park Field Trip,  May 5th , Grand Ledge MI

Join us 10:00 am to noon as we explore the "Ledges" along the Grand River and walk the various nature trails in the 78 acre park. This is a wonderful opportunity to search for spring wildflowers and examine the rocky outcrops. 

 The Ledges at Fitzgerald Park

The Ledges at Fitzgerald Park

Location:  15 miles west of Lansing, MI.  133 Fitzgerald Park Drive, Grand Ledge, MI 48837.

Directions: Take I-96 to exit 93-A (M-43/Saginaw Hwy. West). Travel 6 miles to Jefferson St. and turn right. Park entrance is on the left about 1/2 mile.

Contact Irene Eiseman 



 2018 MBC Spring Foray !!! - Bellaire, MI, May 25-27 


The White Pine Chapter will be hosting this year's Spring Foray during Memorial Day Weekend (May 25-28, 2018) in the beautiful Chain of Lakes region of Northwest Lower Michigan, centered in Antrim County. Shanty Creek Resorts will be serving as primary lodging and base of operations. Folks from the botany and conservation communities in that corner of northern Michigan appear excited about an MBC visit,  Details on Registration will be posted in the next issue of the Arisaema newsletter. Stay tuned. 

2018 GLC Student Foray Awards Available!!!  

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 2018 Spring  Foray will be held in Bellaire, MI during Memorial Day weekend, May 25-27.  If you would like to apply for the 2018 Foray Award, complete an application form,  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. 


Michigan Botanists' Big Year 2018  

All Great Lakes Chapter members are invited to join this year's online Cyber Foray events using the iNaturalist online database.  Participants can share plant observations and photos taken throughout the State of Michigan.  At the end of the year we’ll tally the results and share some interesting findings.  Simply log into Michigan Botanist's Big Year 2018 on the iNaturalist webpage and begin sharing you botanical findings.    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.

If you'd like to explore last year's observations visit: Great Lakes Chapter Cyber Foray 2017.  There were 2123 plant observations of 698 species.  Congratulations to Derek Anderson in Minnesota who submitted the most plant observations for the year.

Botanical Events and Places of Interest in the Great Lakes States

Under Construction:  We are in the process of creating a new webpage listing upcoming events, classes, field trips, and interesting places to visit in the Great Lakes area.  If you would like to have your event listed or know of a great place to botanize, please email eisemani@gmail.com with the informaiton and an https link. 

Officers and Directors: A list of all the current officers and directors can be found here, Our Chapter currently  has an opening for a Director-at-Large that serves on the Great Lakes Chapter and Michigan Botanical Club boards. This a a three-year term.  If you are interested in becoming more involved with the GLC activities, please contact any of the Officers or Directors.