$50 Member Price / $60 Non-Member Price
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Immerse yourself in the gorgeous spring bloom of Point Reyes and see the intricate beauty of flowers through the eyes of a botanist. Learn the basics needed to begin identifying wild plants including flower anatomy, terminology, plant family characteristics, online botanical resources and much more. We’ll begin with a classroom talk about how plants are classified and the anatomy needed for identification. After lunch we take a walk down a gorgeous wildflower covered trail and take time to fully see and identify the plants around us. We will learn to use basic botanical keys in the field and start to recognize the floral patterns of major plant families. In addition to our primary focus on botany for beginners, students will be introduced to the ethnobotany of the area and some top notch wild foods and medicines of Point Reyes National Seashore.
We’ll begin with a classroom talk about how plants are classified and the anatomy needed for identification. After lunch we take a walk down a gorgeous wildflower covered trail and take time to fully see and identify the plants around us.
Instructed by Jolie Elan
-Youth, ages 12 and up, are welcome with adult supervision.
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Class Cancelation Policy: If a registered participant wishes to cancel their enrollment and receive a refund, notification must be received at least 14 days in advance of the class date. No refunds will be issued for enrollment cancelations made less than 14 days in advance of the class date. Class enrollment fees are non-transferable. In the event that the PRNSA Field Institute cancels a class, participants will receive a full refund of class fee.
What to Bring
Warm, variable-weather, layered clothing (waterproof windbreaker or rain jacket, hat, gloves)
Hat and sunscreen
Comfortable walking shoes
Lunch, snacks, and water for the day
Loupe or magnifying glass
To get you further prepared for the class, here are some (optional) readings:
Marin Flora by John Thomas Howell (available in the PRNSA Bookstore at Bear Valley Visitor Center)
Pacific Coast Tree Finder by Tom Watts
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