North Carolina Botanical Garden


Plant Communities of North Carolina

with Julie Tuttle, Ecologist

This event is full. Now accepting wait list registrations.

Dates: Thursdays, April 8, 15, 22 and 29; Inclement weather date Thursday, May 6

Time: 1:30 PM - 3:45 PM

Fee: $135 ($122 Members)


Please Note: This course will be transitioned to an online format, as needed. If we transition to the online format, the course would meet via Zoom on the dates and times listed above. We will alert registrants to a transition plan to online as early as we possibly can.


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 4/7/2021 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

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UNC Community Standards

We are taking extensive precautions to make sure the Garden is a safe place to visit, and we need your help to keep it safe for everyone. When registering, you must agree to abide by the UNC Community Standards. Read the UNC Community Standards here.

In brief, please follow these practices:

  • Before leaving home for class, check for symptoms using the COVID-19 screening checklist. Do not attend class if you are experiencing any symptom(s) indicated on the screening checklist. If you are not able to attend class for this reason, we will offer you a full refund as course credit or to your credit card.

  • Watch your distance and remain 6 feet apart from others.

  • Bring a mask with you. Wear a mask at all times indoors and when you are unable to maintain a 6' distance outdoors.

  • Wash your hands often.

  • Wipe off your work area before class with disinfecting wipes that will be available in the classroom.

By doing these things, you are doing your part to keep others safe both on campus and in our local communities.


Joslin Combined Classroom (C106 & C107)

100 Old Mason Farm Road
Chapel Hill, NC 27517

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