AE21 BRN Round Table

Friday May 21

5:00 PM  –  6:00 PM


Blue Ridge Naturalist Round-Table Discussion

ONLINE* Friday, May 21; 5 to 6 p.m.

Free to Arboretum Members | Suggested donation $15* (All donations go to supplement BRN instructor honoraria)

BRN Elective credit (1 hr)



Join us for the second in our series of quarterly BRN Round Table Talks in 2021!


Alexandra Holland teaches Botany Basics and leads field experiences for the Blue Ridge Naturalist and Blue Ridge Ecogardener Certificate of Merit programs. She takes the lead on this quarterly round table, inviting Ecology Instructor Dan Lazar to join her in considering what we learn from plants about the interconnectedness of all the living things in our ecosystem, including how plants communicate with each other, how they interact with fungi and bacteria, how they react to changes in the environment, and more. Alexandra is pretty certain we could go on for hours about any one of these topics. She and Dan will supply short reading selections that will be communicated in advance to registrants.


Current students, BRN graduates, BRNN members, and anyone interested in the Blue Ridge Naturalist Certificate of Merit Program are encouraged to attend the second of these free quarterly conversations hosted by BRN faculty. We hope you’ll sign on for this chance to check in with each other, learn about trails yet to be blazed, and get program updates and a preview on upcoming courses!


*Zoom link will be sent one day prior to the class. This is a live, interactive class, though recordings of class sessions can be made available to registered participants by request if they are not able to attend at the scheduled time. (Providing we remember to hit Record.)


For information on the Blue Ridge Naturalist Program here on the Arboretum website:

Start a quest to deepen your knowledge of one of the most diverse ecosystems in the world. Join a community of adult learners who are dedicated to understanding the natural sciences, ecology and culture of the Southern Appalachian region through the Blue Ridge Naturalist (BRN) Certificate of Merit program. Learn about this unique program in a round table discussion with Arboretum staff, faculty and current certificate students. Core courses include ecology, botany, geology and plant identification with electives offered on animals, lichens, insects and more. All students complete a final project prior to graduation. Projects often take the form of service learning, empowering students to tackle needs in their own communities. Find out more about how the Arboretum can help you understand your place in the natural world and what you can do to preserve, protect and care for our common home.



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Additional donations are always welcome and appreciated. Proceeds go to support educational programming at the North Carolina Arboretum and toward instructor honoraria.