AE22 Fall Flora Identification: Field

Wednesday August 31

9:00 AM  –  12:00 PM

Fall Flora Identification: Field


FIELD* | Five Field Sessions plus one asynchronous online intro: Wednesdays, August 31, September 7, 14, 21, 28; 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.+

Instructor: Scott Dean

$275 non-member** (**Arboretum Members receive a 10% discount on all classes.) Includes all 5 individual hikes + intro video

Certificate Credit: BRN - Core | NCEE - Criteria II***

Limit: 10 Students


In this entirely field-based class led by Naturalist Scott Dean, you will learn to identify native mountain flora on the trail, training your eyes and using a non-technical dichotomous keying system. Study the characteristics of plant families and the basics of plant communities all in place. While the focus is on summer wildflowers and trees, you will also pick up a wealth of information from the always-engaging Dean on the natural and cultural history of the flora of the Blue Ridge.

Participants will be sent meeting locations in advance of each hike. All hikes are in Western North Carolina and will involve driving to meeting locations. Return times may vary according to hiker's pace, traffic and trail conditions. An online class which has been pre-recorded for students to view at a time which works best for them introduces new students to keying basics and provides an overview of the diversity of vascular plants located in Southern Appalachia. Registrants will have access to the same Schoology as the online students as well, and may join zoom classes on Tuesdays or view the recordings.

Newcomb’s Wildflower Guide and Wildflowers of Tennessee, the Ohio Valley and the Southern Appalachians are recommended as references.


Scott Dean was born and raised in the mountains of southern Appalachia, specifically the coalfields of West Virginia and southwestern Virginia. He developed the original Ecology, Botany, and Zoology curricula for the Blue Ridge Naturalist Program, and has been both a classroom and field instructor with the program since its inception. He has led walks for UNC Asheville and the Cullowhee Native Plants Conference, been a featured speaker at the Great Smoky Mountain National Park Wildflower program, and spoken at various social and civic events in the Asheville area over the last twenty years.


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