• Program: Landscape and Horticulture Careers
  • Course: Minnesota Native Plants and Communities
  • Course #: LNDC1315
  • Total Credits: 4

Course Description

This course is designed to introduce the student to Minnesota's natural resources, and the plants that live there natively. Emphasis will be given to identifying characteristics, nomenclature and functions of native plants in Minnesota's six ecosystems. The student will participate in weekly plant hikes to aid in the identification of plants weather permitting. The student will come away with knowledge of the impact humans have on those plants and their ecosystems.

Course Evaluation

Refer to Course Syllabus for detailed information regarding the requirements and evaluation standards for this course. The Course Syllabus will be distributed the first week of the course.

Disability Services

Hennepin Technical College offers reasonable accommodations to qualified students with disabilities. If you have a documented disability that may require accommodations, contact the college’s Disability Services Director: Sara Laviolette at Brooklyn Park (763-488-2477) or Jean Kreutter at Eden Prairie (952-995-1544).

Course Goals

The following goals will be addressed in the course:
Develop sound principles of Minnesota ecology
Develop sound principles of Minnesota's climate
Examine human impacts on the Eastern broadland forest ecosystems in Minnesota
Examine human impacts on the Laurentian mix forest ecosystems in Minnesota
Examine human impacts on the tall grass and aspen parkland ecosystems in Minnesota
Examine human impacts on the prairie parkland ecosystems in Minnesota
Examine ecological complexities of old growth forests
Examine the significance of old growth forests
Identify proper conservation measures
Identify native plant materials in the natural habitats
Study native plant habitats through field sessions
Develop principles of geologic history in Minnesota

Credit Details
  • Lecture: 3
  • Lab: 1
  • MnTC Goal: 0
Course Details
  • Prerequisites: 
  • Campus: Brooklyn Park

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