OP20 Botany Basics I (cont.)

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Thursday May 14

1:00 PM  –  2:30 PM

Botany Basics I 

Instructor: Alexandra Holland

Four sessions: Tuesdays and Thursdays, May 12, 14, 19, and 21; 1 - 2:30 p.m.

$85 member | $95 non-member

BREG | BRN Core credit, NC EE Criteria II credit


Plants have many amazing abilities to make their own food, pull water hundreds of feet in the air against gravity, and trick insects and other animals into helping them reproduce. They track the sun, recoil at a touch, and warn other plants of danger. Part I of Botany Basics covers cell biology basics, including photosynthesis, evolution and classification of plants, and plant structure and growth. The class is Zoom-based, consisting of lecture and discussion and focusing on practical applications of botanical principles. Resources, quizzes and exercises are provided for conducting observations in the “field,” meaning your own yard or neighborhood. 


Instructions for joining via Zoom will be included in your confirmation email following registration.


Alexandra Holland graduated from Duke University and earned her Master's degree in botany from the University of Texas at Austin.  She was in the first class of students to be certified as Blue Ridge Naturalists.  Alexandra managed the UTEX Culture Collection of Algae at UT Austin and spent many hours working with education programs at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.  She has taught botany for over a decade and leads nature hikes in Western NC for groups of all ages.


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