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Winter Botany with Farmscape Ecology

For ages 18 and up.

E-mail us to register for this program. Register early as space is limited.

NEW TIMES! Three Saturday mornings:

January 27, 9:00 am–12:00 pm
February 3: 10:00 am–12:00 pm
February 24: 10:00 am–12:00 pm

Location: 122 Daley Rd., East Chatham, NY; please approach from Route 9 only.

Suggested donation: $50 for all three sessions; $20 for one session

Learn to identify trees and shrubs in the “off” season with ecologists Conrad and Claudia Vispo of the Hawthorne Valley Farmscape Ecology Program, who have led ecology walks throughout Columbia County and taught people how to identify plants in all seasons since 2004.

Winter Botany can be a lot of fun when you key in on a combination of clues the plants offer to help reveal which species they belong to. These clues include the habitat where the plant is found, its general shape and branching pattern, and its bark and bud characteristics. Some plants even have unique smells that can help with their identification. And don’t forget to search the ground for remains of leaves and/or fruit and nuts—it’s all fair game.

This course combines indoor and outdoor instruction to provide participants with a set of tools to improve their skills with winter identification of woody plants, no matter their prior knowledge. Everybody with a curiosity about the natural world can benefit from this course and gain a new appreciation for the patterns discernable in the plants of our wintry woods.

The three consecutive sessions will build on each other, and we will give preference to participants signing up for the entire course. However, if space is available after January 10, we will also accept sign-ups for individual sessions. Sessions will be limited to 15 participants, so please register early to reserve your spot!

Tuition: The instructors are donating their time to Flying Deer Nature Center. If you would like to participate in the Winter Botany course, please contribute to the Capital Campaign for the new campus on Daley Road. Suggested donation: $50 for all three sessions; $20 for a single session.

E-mail us to register for this program. Register early as space is limited.