Plant Identification and Keying Course

In conversation among members and in recent new-member surveys, our members have consistently expressed a desire for training in plant identification, including training in the use of dichotomous keys. New this summer, our chapter is offering this training in a three day, 7.5 hour course taught by local botanist and professional instructor Abe Lloyd! The course is targeted to novices, and is intended to give a foundation that enables students to continue independently building their identification skills after course completion. The field of plant identification is vast, and in order to narrow and simplify this introduction, it will focus mostly on our native trees and shrubs — but don’t worry, the knowledge and skills learned will be directly transferrable to all the other wonderful plants and wildflowers that you want to identify. The course will be taught mostly or entirely indoors, though real plant materials will be used.

  • Date and time: Wed July 24 – Fri July 26, 3:00-5:30pm
  • Location: Bellingham, specific location to be determined
  • Fee: For WNPS members only: $70, or you may choose a $30 “budget” option. Note that $70 is roughly half the price of similar courses offered by local colleges! For WNPS non-members, to learn about membership, please visit our statewide website.

How to Apply

Please only apply if you can attend all three sessions for the entire class time. To apply, simply indicate your desire to enroll by emailing Eric Worden at Please indicate whether you would pay the regular or budget fee, as there is a limited number of budget fee positions available. A maximum of 20 total students will be accepted, in the order that email are received. Please make sure that your WNPS membership is current: we will check it and reject any applicants whose membership is not current. If the course fills up, a waiting list will be started.


As of July 1, you may pay by online by credit card, or by check or cash.

To pay by check, write the payee as “Koma Kulshan Chapter WNPS” and mail to:

WNPS – Eric Worden
127 Underhill Rd
Bellingham WA 98225

If you want to pay by cash, please email Eric about it.

Please pay promptly after sending your email application. If there is a waiting list and payment has not been received within seven days of your application, a waiting application will take your place and your application will be moved to the waiting list.

Cancellation and Refunds

You may cancel your application and receive a refund if you notify Eric by email on July 21 or earlier. The amount of the refund will be equal to your payment amount less $10.

If you cancel on July 22 or later, you will not receive a refund.