AE21 Spring Flora Identification


Spring Flora Identification 

ONLINE*  Five sessions: Wednesdays, April 21, 28, May 5, 12, 19; 1 - 2:30 p.m.

Instructor: Scott Dean

$95 member | $105 non-member

BRN Core credit


Learn to identify native mountain flora using a non-technical keying system, while studying the characteristics of plant families, the basics of plant community and the natural and the cultural history of the flora of the Blue Ridge. Presented online with resources, quizzes and exercises provided for conducting observations in the “field,” meaning your own yard or neighborhood with nods to nearby trails reopening for recreational use. Newcomb’s Wildflower Guide and Wildflowers of Tennessee, the Ohio Valley and the Southern Appalachians are recommended as references. 


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


Scott Dean was born and raised in the mountains of southern Appalachia, specifically the coalfields of West Virginia and southwestern Virginia. He developed the original Ecology, Botany, and Zoology curricula for the Blue Ridge Naturalist Program, and has been both a classroom and field instructor with the program since its inception.  He has led walks for UNC Asheville and the Cullowhee Native Plants Conference, been a featured speaker at the Great Smoky Mountain National Park Wildflower program, and spoken at various social and civic events in the Asheville area over the last twenty years.


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