One way to develop our innate ability to identify the many components of our local biodiversity is by learning a dozen key organisms in each group. By building a foundation of a few common species across nature's many groups, you can recognize patterns and add new species by comparison, eventually gaining a thorough knowledge and understanding of local nature, natural communities, and habitats.
Classes meet 2 Sunday afternoons a month and together form a series that looks in-depth at segments of the plant portion of the natural world. Each month is a different topic.
Classes will be both indoors and outdoors using photos and specimens, with ample time to explore the sanctuary trails and put newly-gained practical knowledge to use. Joe Choiniere's outdoor knowledge is both broad and deep. His gentle, hands-on teaching style makes it enjoyable and easy to learn.
This series is equally suitable for beginners as well as those who want to deepen their knowledge. Register for individual weeks, or choose the monthly or series options for a discount.
April 21 & May 12: Spring Ephemeral Wildllowers
June 9 & 23: Grasses
July 14, 28: Sedges
August 11, 25: Wild & Wonderful Vines
September 8 & 22: Goldenrods & Asters
Storm date is the following Sunday. Dress for the weather and walking on easy-to-moderate trails.