Keystone Resort and Conference Center, Keystone, Colorado
July 23 - 26, 2000-Workshop Series C

Where is plant biology undergraduate education headed and what are the major challenges? Plant biology has made incredible advances in the past decade and the way we teach and will teach in this field is changing rapidly. The Future of Plant Biology workshop will include plant biologists working at all levels, from ecosystems to molecules, and is aimed at professional societies as well as academic teams. Participatory workshops and case studies will address a range of topics including: the campus as a classroom, technology and pedagogy in plant biology, integrating field experiences, enhancing the presence of plants in introductory biology, preservice teachers and plants, and efforts of our professional societies to enhance education. The goal of this workshop is to bring together teacher/scholars in all areas of plant biology to envision an exciting future for plants in the undergraduate curriculum.



Colorado Flora - Field Work with Plants

"Doing" Plant Biology in Large Classes

Campus as Classroom - Making Plants Relevant to Your Community

Virtual Plants? - Enhancing Learning with Information Technology

Introducing Plants to Future Biologists, Teachers, Citizens and Policy Makers

Plants in Community Colleges

C-Fern - A Model Plant for Teaching

Thomas Warne, Department of Botany, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Fast Plants for Undergraduates

Professional Societies: Exemplars of Plant Biology Education Reform

American Society of Plant Physiologists Botanical Society of America Ecological Society of America Plants for All - Developing an Action Plan Joint Sessions with Other Workshop Scientists


Coordinator: Susan Singer, Professor, Carleton College This workshop has been planned by the 33 participants in at a planning meeting at the International Botanical Congress in August 1999 with continuing efforts by a larger "virtual" planning committee.

CO-SPONSORS (including participants in the original planning meeting)

American Society of Plant Physiologists, American Institute of Biological Sciences, Botanical Society of America, Botany-Online, CELS, C-Fern, Ecological Society of America, FastPlants, McGraw-Hill, Missouri Botanical Gardens, Society for Economic Botany, Society for Developmental Biology, American Society for Horticultural Sciences


Registration Deadline: June 15, 2000. Please refer to the PKAL Summer Institute brochure and registration form or the PKAL Web Site at for registration information. The workshop fee is $300 per person, which includes materials and two meals. Participants or their institutions pay the cost of travel, lodging, and other meals. Lodging is available from $105/night (depending on accommodation preferences).

For complete information on registration, lodging and travel arrangements, please refer to the PKAL Summer Institute brochure and registration form, or the PKAL Web Site at:


Workshop Registration begins at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 23, 2000. The workshop will begin at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, and conclude at noon on Wednesday, July 26, 2000.