Philadelphia Botanical Club

Field Trips and Workshops

Please feel free to provide feedback or comments that may enhance our offerings to our field trip coordinator, Ryan Rebozo, or 609-859-8860 ext. 26.

Field trip leaders can download instructions for trip reports.


The 2018 field trip schedule is under development. The complete schedule will be posted in spring.

May 20-24 (Sunday to Thursday): Joint Field Meeting (BotSoc)
Lancaster County, PA

Each year the Botanical Society of America, the Torrey Botanical Society, and the Philadelphia Botanical Club sponsor a field meeting in the area of the northeastern United States. The 2018 meeting will explore Lancaster County and will be housed at Millersville University. Lancaster County is famed for rich limestone habitats, including Shenk's Ferry, which has one of the best wildflower displays in the northeast. Nearby is our region's greatest concentration of serpentine sites, which host a distinctive set of plants, including some that almost never grow off serpentine.
Field Trips: In the three days of field trips, we will visit six sites. SERPENTINE BARRENS, where we will see fire-maintained serpentine prairies that have many rare plants, as well as rare animal species. LOCK 12 AREA, where scouring by the Susquehanna River has exposed the bedrock, creating habitat for many regionally uncommon and rare plants. SHENKS FERRY PRESERVE, a limestone glen with one of the region's most abundant and diverse displays of woodland wildflowers. LANCASTER COUNTY CENTRAL PARK, which has one of our area's few limestone cliffs. WALNUT RUN, where we will see a rich woodland on diabase soils and a sparse ericaceous community on sandstone. MIDDLE CREEK AREA, with a fire-managed meadow, a reclaimed meadow, and acidic woodlands.
Tour of Millersville Herbarium: Led by Christopher Hardy, the herbarium curator
Evening Programs: Roger Latham, "Serpentine Barrens"; Mike Slater, "Pollination"; Joel Fry, "John Bartram"; Tim Draude, "Prairies of Adams County, Ohio"
Lodging and Dining: Housing will be in one of Millersville's dormitories. Each person will be able to have his own room and bathroom. Breakfast and dinner will be cafeteria style with boxed lunches.
Registration and additional information: Download the meeting invitation. For questions about the meeting, contact Link Davis, .

dwarf pitch pines (Pinus rigida)
Pygmy pine trees near Warren Grove, New Jersey. These pitch pines are less than 6' tall, thanks to dry, infertile soil and frequent fires. The botanical club visited the site on a field trip in late April, 2017. Photo © 2017 Terry Schmidt.