AE21 Wetlands in a Changing World


Wetlands in a Changing World

ONLINE* Four sessions: Tuesdays and Thursdays, May 11, 13, 18 and 20; 10 - 11 a.m.

Instructor: April C. Smith

$60 Member | $80 Non-member

BRN Elective; NC-EE Criteria II or III**


Wetlands often tend to get a bad rap. Many people look at a soggy woodland and recoil with images of snake-filled holes and mosquitos carrying diseases. Historically, swamps and marshes caused huge problems for settlers and we can still see evidence of this in attitudes and lack of knowledge regarding wetlands. Today, scientists recognize a need to maintain, manage, and restore wetlands. About half of the wetlands occurring in the continental US currently exist in the Southeast, and North Carolina happens to have some of the rarest of all. This course, conducted live in an interactive forum on Zoom, will discuss the roles that wetlands play in our environment. We will cover a brief bit of history about wetlands, their ecological significance, environmental issues currently affecting wetlands, and climate change implications. For those seeking certificate credit (or just a better understanding of wetlands on your own terms), opportunities for self-guided observation and exploration will be provided.


*Instructions for joining via Zoom will be included in a reminder email sent to registrants by the day prior to the event. Please add to your contacts to ensure our emails do not end up in your spam folder. A recording of the class will be made available to registered participants for a limited period following the session for review and to provide access to those with scheduling conflicts. 


**Upon registration, participants will be asked to identify if they are seeking certificate credit through Arboretum certificate of merit programs or NC Environmental Education. Responses will prompt further communication regarding requirements and reporting for credit.


April C. Smith, PhD, president of In Situ Explorers, is a former environmental researcher who has spent countless hours up to her waist in pluff mud. When she and her family had the opportunity to travel globally for two years, living in seventeen different countries, she learned that teaching science to her own kids is the best job in the world. Together they have cruised with basking sharks in the North Sea, hiked to see fairy penguins in Tasmania, explored the geology of the southern coast of England, floated through cypress swamps in the American Southeast, and climbed mountainous colored sand dunes in the Southwest.


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