Basswood and snow

Basswood with snow. Photo by Conrad Vispo.

Please join Hawthorne Valley’s Farmscape Ecology Program for the third Winter Botany sessions facilitated by Conrad and Claudia Vispo this winter at Flying Deer Nature Center’s new home on Daley Road in East Chatham.

Winter Botany can be a lot of fun when you key in on a combination of clues the plants offer to help reveal which species they belong to. These clues include the habitat where the plant is found, its general shape and branching pattern, and its bark and bud characteristics. Some plants even have unique smells that can help with their identification. And don’t forget to search the ground for remains of leaves and/or fruit and nuts—it’s all fair game.

This course combines indoor and outdoor instruction to provide participants with a set of tools to improve their skills with winter identification of woody plants, no matter their prior knowledge. Everybody with a curiosity about the natural world can benefit from this course and gain a new appreciation for the patterns discernable in the plants of our wintry woods.

The three consecutive sessions will build on each other, and preference will be given to participants signing up for the entire course. However, if space is available after January 10, sign-ups for individual sessions will be accepted. Sessions will be limited to 15 participants, so please register early to reserve your spot!

Tuition: The instructors are donating their time to Flying Deer Nature Center. If you would like to participate in the Winter Botany course, please contribute to the Flying Deer Capital Campaign for the new campus on Daley Road. Suggested donation: $50 for all three sessions; $20 for a single session.

E-mail Flying Deer to register for this program. Register early as space is limited.

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Date(s) - 02/24/2018
10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Flying Deer Nature Center