OP20 Ecology of the Blue Ridge

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Tuesday May 26

3:30 PM  –  5:00 PM

Ecology of the Blue Ridge

Instructor: Dan Lazar

Six sessions: Tuesdays and Thursdays, May 26, 28, June 2, 4, 9, and 11; 3:30 - 5 p.m.

$125 Member | $135 Non-member

NC EE Criteria II credit

BRN | BREG Core credit


Discover why the Southern Appalachians are home to more tree species than all of Europe.  Learn how ants and whitetail deer determine where trilliums grow. Take a virtual tour of the amazing natural ecosystems of Western North Carolina, from riverside amphibian breeding ponds to mountaintop Spruce-Fir forests. This Zoom-based class will include lecture presentations, discussions, self-guided explorations, and virtual field trips during which students will uncover the complex interactions between familiar organisms and their natural environment.


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


Dan Lazar served for many years as the director of education at the Western North Carolina Nature Center, followed by several years as executive director of the Colburn Earth Science Museum. Dan has a degree in forest biology from the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry and has been an instructor in the Blue Ridge Naturalist program since 2005.


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