FA17 Understanding Lichens

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Saturday January 27

10:00 AM  –  4:00 PM

Understanding Lichens
Instructor: Jennifer Love
Saturday, January 27; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
$57 Member / $67 Non-Member
Limit: 20

Lichens are mysterious organisms that have fascinated people for years. This class allows students to delve into the enchanting world of lichens to learn about their basic ecology, identification and natural history. Students will learn the characteristics of different growth forms and be able to recognize different reproductive structures and conspicuous features that are helpful in identifying lichens to genus and species. Students will also learn how lichens are used as biological indicators. This class fulfills five hours of elective credit for the Blue Ridge Naturalist Certificate.

Jennifer Love is a middle school science teacher who has been participating in a lichen distribution database in Georgia for the past four years. She has taught her basic lichen class at the Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont, the Arboretum and Coweeta Hydrologic Lab. Jennifer enjoys searching for these unique and complicated organisms while exploring their North Carolina home.