Winter Plants Workshop at UW-Milwaukee Field Station

There are still some places available in our January “Plants in Winter” Workshop!

Ecology and Physiology of Plants in Winter: Surviving the Big Chill
January 3 & 4, 2014 (Friday & Saturday)
Instructor:  Dr. James Reinartz, Director, UWM Field Station is a plant ecologist and evolutionary biologist.

The course: The plants of temperate and boreal regions have several anatomical and physiological adaptations that allow them to survive low temperatures.  Minimum temperatures set the range limits for many species, and snow and ice loading can be important constraints on the morphology of northern trees.   Some woody plants can photosynthesize in the winter, which is also an important time for seed dispersal.  This workshop will explore all of the aspects of plant life in the winter, especially what is known about the special adaptations that allow northern plants to survive the freezing and drought associated with extreme cold.  We also spend some time learning the basic characteristics used to identify woody plants in the winter.  This class includes a balance of indoor and outdoor study, lecture and hands-on activity.  Workshop fee includes a winter fruit and twig key which will be provided.


Friday  9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Friday evening: discussion, individual study in the lab, or social

Saturday  8 a.m. to 3 p.m.


Our workshops offer a unique opportunity to explore focused topics in natural history under the guidance of noted authorities.  This workshop presents college-level instruction and is designed to accommodate participants with a broad range of experience.  Enrollment is limited to 20, providing an informal atmosphere and individualized instruction.   Also available for one college credit.

Please see the attached pdf, or visit our website at for a full description of the course, fee information, and a Registration Form.  Contact the Field Station for more information, or if you would like a registration form mailed to you.


University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee, Field Station
3095 Blue Goose Road, Saukville, WI 53080
(262) 675-6844

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