Botany & Environmental Stewardship Camp – Asbury University
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Botany & Environmental Stewardship Camp

Join Asbury professors for a week of engaging and experiential, outdoor learning of our natural world focused on the rich and biologically diverse world of plants and ways we all can become model stewards of our environment.

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Camp Dates:

Monday – Friday, June 3-7, 2024

View the daily schedule.


The camp is $550 per person, and includes food, lodging, and all expenses.

What You Can Expect:

  • Learn to identify some of Kentucky’s 120 native tree species by leaf shape, bark, and dormant leaf buds
  • Identify and collect tree leaves for team orientated tree leaf project
  • Learn common characteristics of major plant families and how to identify them
  • Learn how to propagate plants from seed and/or cuttings – take home your own plants
  • Learn how to start and care for a productive vegetable garden
  • Explore some of Kentucky’s unique forest and grassland ecosystems
  • Join an ongoing environmental stewardship research project by assisting in the removal of non-native, invasive plants and planting native shrub and trees

About Your Instructor:

Marvin Ruffner is an assistant professor of plant biology at Asbury University and he has a contagious passion for our natural world (especially trees!). He is also extremely passionate about being a good steward of our environment. He has degrees in biology, forestry, and received his Ph.D. in plant and soil science from University of Kentucky. Dr. Ruffner has been teaching at Asbury University since 2017 and he loves to share his knowledge and excitement about our amazing natural world with students.