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Plant Communities of North Carolina

with Julie Tuttle, Ecologist

This event is full. Now accepting wait list registrations.

Dates: Thursdays, September 15, 22 and 29 (Inclement weather date October 6)

Time: 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Fee: $135 ($122 Members)



This course is intended for a broad audience and introduces students to North Carolina’s rich diversity of plant communities. Variations in geology, climate, soils, fire regimes, landscape positions, and other factors have resulted in the creation of distinctive ecosystems: subtropical maritime forests, salt marshes, longleaf pine savannas and sandhills, pocosins, oak-hickory forests, bottomland hardwoods, swamps, spruce-fir forests, rock outcrops and glades, fens, and grasslands. This course explores the causes and history of North Carolina’s plant community diversity.


No prerequisites. 




Remaining Seats: 0

Registration open through 9/14/2022 12:00 PM EST | Refund Policy

About the Instructor

Julie Tuttle is an ecologist and biogeographer whose work has focused on the natural communities of North Carolina and other parts of the southeast, especially the southern Appalachian forests of North Carolina and Tennessee and, more recently, the distribution of native plants along Piedmont roadsides and landscape habitat connectivity for Piedmont wildlife.  She holds a Ph.D. in Ecology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an M.S. in Geography from the University of Georgia.  She has taught a variety of field and classroom courses in ecology, geography, and academic scientific writing (including a course on citizen science).  She most enjoys being outside, whether she’s co-teaching forest ecology in the mountains of western North Carolina, or photographing plants and insects on a Piedmont roadside for her own citizen science project on iNaturalist.


Certificate in Native Plant Studies Credits

Plant Communities of North Carolina: Credits - 1
Certificate in Native Plants Core Course: Credits - 1

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Joslin Combined Classroom (C106 & C107)

100 Old Mason Farm Road
Chapel Hill, NC 27517

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