FA17 Ecology of the Blue Ridge

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Wednesday September 20

12:45 PM  –  4:45 PM

Ecology of the Blue Ridge
Instructor: Dan Lazar
Wednesdays, September 20, 27, October 4, 11, 18, 25; 12:45 to 4:45 p.m.
$178 Member / $188 Non-Member
Limit: 20

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. Students will discuss the lingering effects of extinct ice-age animals on today’s landscape and uncover the complex interactions between familiar organisms and their natural environment. The course meets for indoor lectures during the first five weeks and concludes with a field trip, weather permitting. This class fulfills a core requirement for the Blue Ridge Naturalist Certificate and for the Blue Ridge Eco-Gardening Certificate.

Dan Lazar served for many years as 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.