SP20 Spring Flora Identification A

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Tuesday April 7

9:30 AM  –  1:30 PM

Spring Flora Identification A

Instructor: Scott Dean

Tuesdays, April 7, 21, 28, May 5, 12, 19 (skipping April 14), 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

$188 Member | $208 Non-member

Limit: 12 students

BRN Core Requirement


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In this field-based class, you will learn to identify native mountain flora using a non-technical keying system, while studying the characteristics of plant families, the basics of plant community and the natural and cultural history of the flora of the Blue Ridge. The focus is on spring wildflowers and becoming familiar with more technical dichotomous keys as a means of identification. 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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