Plant ID Workshops

Plant ID Workshops are a continuing collaboration between San Francisco State University (SFSU) and the Yerba Buena Chapter of the California Native Plant Society. These workshops began in February 2013 and are held eight times per year. The workshops are held at SFSU on the second Thursday of the month at Hensill Hall in the Botany Lab, in Room 440. They begin at 6 pm and run approximately an hour and a half. We join graduate botany instructors who begin the evening with a presentation which emphasizes a particular plant family and its characteristics. After this preparation, we key out plants with their assistance.

There are four workshops during the Spring Semester in February, March, April, and May, a summer recess and then we resume during the fall with four sessions in September, October, November, and December. Check our Calendar Page for interactive map and additional details

Check out Steven Serkanic’s post on these fascinating ID workshops here.


The December 14th workshop on Gymnosperms was most excellent and well attended. We resume after the holidays on February 8th, 2018. The Spring Semester will consist of four plant ID workshops on the second Thursday of the month throughout the spring. These workshops are a collaboration between Yerba Buena Chapter and San Francisco State University. The workshops are a great relaxing place to learn about botany. We normally start with a PowerPoint presentation discussing diagnostic characteristics of a plant family, aspects of its ecology, distribution, and evolutionary history. Botany graduate students will then assist us to key out live specimens. Mark your calendars for February 8th, March 8th, April 12th, and May 10th.

Please join us for these workshops as they are truly informative and a fascinating way to learn some botany.
If you have any questions, email Mila Stroganoff
We hope to see you there!

Mila Stroganoff
Plant ID Workshop Coordinator
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