FA17 Botany Basics

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Tuesday October 17

9:30 AM  –  12:00 PM

Botany Basics
Instructor: Alexandra Holland
Tuesdays and Thursdays, October 17, 19, 24, 26, 31, November 2, 9, 14; 9:30 a.m. to Noon
$188 Member / $198 Non-Member
Limit: 20

Plants have many amazing abilities including making their own food, pulling water hundreds of feet in the air against gravity, and tricking insects and other animals into helping them reproduce. They track the sun, recoil at a touch, and warn other plants of danger. Explore all these phenomena and more to look at the basics of plant structure, function, evolution, classification, and ecology. The class will be primarily lecture with some hands-on activities, short walks outside, and discussions of practical applications of botanical principles.  A hand lens is suggested for some class meetings. This class fulfills a core requirement for the Blue Ridge Naturalist Certificate and the Blue Ridge Eco-Gardener Certificate.

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 and can't imagine living anywhere else besides these amazing mountains. She has a passion for getting children excited about the natural world.