This course is a field-based botanical study of vascular flora, with a focus on spring and summer wildflowers. Students learn plant systematics and advanced field identification skills through intensive field exercises and exploration of a variety of habitats. Emphasis is on learning botanical terms and concepts through exploring the field-observable characteristics of flowering plants. The program includes extensive use of botanical keys and field guides, as well as daily hands-on experience with the flora. Accompanying lecture topics include the evolution of plants, plant taxonomy, flower morphology, pollination ecology and a survey of the angiosperm families.