Introduction to the Wetland Plants of British Columbia

  • Start Date: July 25, 2017
  • End Date: July 26, 2017
  • Time: 9am - 5pm
  • City: Revelstoke BC
  • Venue: TBA
  • Instructor: Jamie Fenneman
  • Registration is now open



PHOTOS: Jamie Fenneman

Course Description

This course will introduce students to the freshwater vascular plants of British Columbia, providing them with an overview of prominent and ecologically important groups as well as giving them the skills to identify many species in the field. The course will prioritize the identification of families and easily-identifiable species, but will also cover species-level identification within more challenging genera so as to introduce students to the process of species-level identification using dichotomous keys. Other topics that will be touched upon in this course include the ecological, biogeographic, and evolutionary relationships of the focal plants, wetland classification and indicator plants, general plant terminology, and the proper collection and preparation of plant specimens. This course will include both classroom time (mornings at the Okanagan College in Revelstoke) and field trips to nearby wetlands (afternoons).

Included in this course:

  • Textbook: Brayshaw. 1985. Pondweeds, Bur-reeds, and their Relatives: aquatic families of monocotyledons in British Columbia. (Valued at $25/copy from the Royal British Columbia Museum.)
  • Tools to be supplied: hand lenses, plant presses (can purchase both from UBC herbarium if you would like your own.)
  • Snacks and refreshments will be provided. Students will have the option of ordering lunch from La Baguette (highly recommended), or they can bring their own bagged lunch (there will be a place to order lunch in your registration form).
  • Transportation: Students can expect to carpool with one another. Please let us know if you are able to help out in this regard (there will be a place in your registration form for this.)

To see the course outline, email Hailey with that request at


Our Instructor

Jamie Fenneman, R.P.Bio, Ph.D. (cand.), University of British Columbia, Botany Dept.

jamie-fennemanMr. Fenneman has been studying the flora of British Columbia for more than 20 years, and has collected and documented plants throughout most of the province over the course of this period. He has worked as an environmental consultant since 2005, where he focuses primarily on vegetation community studies, rare plant surveys, and botanical inventories. He is currently in the process of completing a Ph.D. in Botany at the University of British Columbia, where he is studying the taxonomy and systematics of the sunflower family (Asteraceae) in British Columbia. He has also been a primary laboratory instructor in the field of plant taxonomy at UBC since 2013, and has instructed hundreds of students in the fields of plant identification and classification. You can contact Jamie at

What to Bring?

  • There is no mandatory pre-reading.
  • Recommended reading: pages 6-8 and 29-35 In MacKenzie and Moran. 2004. Wetlands of British Columbia: a guide to identification. Available at here
  • Other items to bring: Required – rubber boots; Optional – hand lens, binoculars, field notebook, hip waders, any field guides that you feel would be helpful.

Who Should Attend?

This course will be of interest to students, consulting biologists, government biologists, industry biologists, biological field techs and interested public.


Where to Stay?

We have set up a room-block at the Monashee Lodge, just one block away from the Okanagan College where the classroom portion of this course takes place. Discounted room rates are available. This includes a good quality continental breakfast (hot breakfasts can be ordered at additional cost), and there is also a clean hot tub and infra-red sauna for your use. The hosts Dean and Kathleen will take your bookings. 250-814-2553. Please state that you are with “CMI” to receive the discounted rate.



Early bird (closes April 25th)

*Member fee: $285

Regular fee: $330

Regular fee

*Member fee: $295

Regular fee: $340

*You can purchase your CMI membership at the same time as registering for this course via the link below

Bagged lunches

You may purchase bagged lunches catered by La Baguette. Portions are generations and the food is delicious. $13/day.  (Coffee breaks with snacks will be provided in this course.)



  • Phone 250-837-9311
  • Fax 250-837-9311
  • Email

Mailing Address

  • P.O. Box 2568
  • Revelstoke, British Columbia V0E 2S0
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