FA17 Fall Flora of the Blue Ridge A

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Tuesday August 22

9:30 AM  –  1:30 PM

Fall Flora of the Blue Ridge A
Instructor: Scott Dean
Tuesdays, August 22, 29, September 5, 12, 19, 26; 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
$188 Member / $198  Non-Member
Limit: 12 students

In this field class, students 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 ecology, and the natural and the cultural history of the flora of the Blue Ridge. The focus is on fall 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. This class fulfills a core requirement the Blue Ridge Naturalist Certificate.

A native of the southern Appalachians, Scott Dean earned a degree in biology from the University of North Carolina at Asheville with a focus on the flora and fauna of the region. Scott has been a featured speaker at the Great Smoky Mountain National Park Wildflower program, a walk leader at the Cullowhee Native Plants Conference and for UNC Asheville’s annual Wildflower Pilgrimage. He has led wildlife and wildflower walks at the Western North Carolina Nature Center and served as First Vice President of the Friends of the Nature Center as well as serving on the Town of Weaverville Tree Board. Visit his website at wncnaturally.com