Tropical Botany course 2020

Students gathered around tropical plants.

The International Center for Tropical Botany at the Kampong, in collaboration with Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Montgomery Botanical Center and Gifford Arboretum, offers an intensive, in-residence course/workshop in the biology and systematics of tropical plants. These gardens have the largest living collections of tropical plants in the United States. 

The objective of the course is to provide advanced students and/or professionals with a detailed coverage of the systematics, phylogeny, morphological diversity, economic botany and conservation of tropical seed plants.

The course also includes field trips to the Florida Everglades, the Florida Keys and adjacent natural areas. The natural vegetation of South Florida, which includes littoral and dry land habitats, mixed tropical hardwood hammocks, pinelands and mangrove communities introduces students to the diversity of tropical vegetation.

Course Details:

Class Schedule: May 17 – June 14, 2020

Applications Due: March 13, 2020

  • Emailed to
  • Must include: a letter stating reasons for taking the course, a CV and one letter of recommendation (sent separately)

Fees: $1250, plus dorm fees ($25 per day)

Accommodations: The Kampong facilities include dorm-style rooms with bunk beds, shared kitchenette, laundry facility and Wi-Fi access.

Scholarships: Limited availability. Priority given to international students with demonstrated need. To apply, please include with your application packet:

  • A one-page statement on how you hope to contribute to tropical plant biology and conservation in your region of study or residence.
  • A total budget for your participation in the course.
  • A request for full or partial support.