Crash Course in Flowering Plant Families CANCELLED

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Instructor: Linda Vorobik, Ph.D.
Dates: Monday – Wednesday, July 27-29, 2020
Location: SFI in Selma
Tuition: $225

Naturalist Certificate Credits: 16 hrs.


**Vorobik’s Crash Course in Flowering Plant Families: Covid-19 safety modifications.**
In this time of Covid-19, the following modifications will be made for Linda’s, “Crash Course in Flowering Plant Families”. Note that the content of the course remains the same, with the goal of familiarizing participants with as many plant families and genera as possible in three days, increase plant recognition and plant identification skills.
1. Classroom plant identification will occur outside on the covered porch, east end of Deer Creek Center, with participants well-spaced, one per table. NOTE: bring battery operated light or headlamp to use with dissecting microscopes. Magnifier on cell phone works well also. AND bring clothing for outside comfort.
2. Class size will be limited to fit this space.
3. Masks required any time participants are within 6 feet of each other. Masks are required in the field, but may be lowered if you are >>6 feet distanced from others.
4. Morning keying using The Jepson Manual and other floras will occur in our “porch” classroom.
5. We will leave for the field late morning or after lunch, carpool following SFI’s protocol (no carpooling if you came alone; if you came with someone in the same vehicle, please keep your carpool).
6. We will visit a different field site each day. Day 1: Day’s Gulch, Road up to Babyfoot Lake. Day 2: Road up to Bolan Lake; meadow below lake. Day 3: Bolan Lake hike up to lookout, down to lake, back to cars.
7. Bigelow Lake trip on the following day is a separate SFI event, but participants from Crash Course receive a discount. All plant family information will be reviewed on this hike.

This intensive plant identification class focusing on over 50 plant families and their traits will enhance your field skills. You’ll also learn how to recognize certain genera, especially the ferns and conifers, and improve your keying skills. Dr. Vorobik has been teaching plant identification classes since the 1990s and this course is the most popular and most effective way to  improve plant recognition. Morning labs and lectures whet the appetite for afternoon botanizing in the field. Some plant keying experience is strongly recommended, although all skill levels are welcome.

An optional day-long foray to Bigelow Lakes on Sunday, July 26, is available at a reduced tuition for students signed up for this course.