Whether you like to sketch, photograph, name, or simply gaze in awe at ferns, this two-part field class will help you understand the seasonal progression of these ancient plants as they unfold in early spring. In the first session, you will learn how to recognize and observe fiddleheads, those beautiful, tightly curled promises of spring. Two weeks later, return to observe changes in these same plants as they mature into their summer form. During each session we'll stroll a short distance along Sanctuary trails to search for typical New England fiddleheads and ferns. Along the way, we'll learn how fiddleheads relate to mature ferns and how to recognize structural features and appreciate unique details that characterize the fiddleheads and ferns that you find. While we recommend attending both sessions, it is not a requirement.
Bring a hand lens or other small hand-held magnifier; we will have some for loan. A small note or sketch pad, and/or camera is recommended but not required.
Dress for weather, sun, and insects.