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Ethnobotany
Sunday, May 21, 2017 8:00 AM EST to Saturday, June 17, 2017
Category: Course

Northern Michigan is home to an incredible array of plants and fungi that are important for food, fiber, and medicine. Did you know that cranberries, blueberries, and wintergreen are all common components of the understory in and around the University of Michigan Biological Station? We will focus on discovering and identifying plants, and learning both their traditional and contemporary uses by Native Americans. This course is field trip intensive and we will visit sights throughout northern Michigan to explore some of the rich diversity of plants, animals, and fungi. In addition to collecting and learning plants and their uses, students will also learn about principles of traditional ecological knowledge employed by Native Americans to maintain healthy and diverse habitats. We will also look at the change of plant species in northern Michigan pre- and post- European contact and investigate resource management in the context of ecosystem health. Students will also have the opportunity to conduct group research projects and present their results in a symposium at the end of term. If you like the outdoors and are interested in learning about your green neighbors and theirs uses, then Ethnobotany is the class for you!

Contact: Stephanie Fortino safort@umich.edu