Wildflower Identification Workshop
“Name that Wildflower!”
Sponsored by Redbud Chapter, CNPS.
Botanists Linnea Hanson and Jenny Marr
Saturday, April 5, 2014 – 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Location: Near Auburn at the Placer Nature Center, 3700 Christian Valley Road.
The Center’s website, www.placernaturecenter.org, has directions and more information.
Workshop Fee: $25.00 for members of California Native Plant Society and $35.00 for nonmembers. Fee includes workshop handouts, beverages and food in the morning.
Pre-registration is required. Class limited to 25 people and rain will not cancel.
Contact: Janelle Bloomdale, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Immerse yourself in wildflowers for the day. Learn how to identify major plant families found in the Sierra Nevada foothills. Spend the morning with freshly gathered plant specimens observing special features--hairy nectar runs, freckles, colored anthers, banner petals or seed pods. In the afternoon, we’ll use our knowledge on a walk along the Placer Nature Center’s trail led by Linnea and Jenny.
Back by popular demand, we’ll have professional botanists Linnea Hanson and Jenny Marr to teach this workshop. Linnea is a retired forest botanist for Plumas National Forest and Jenny works for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. Both are experienced field botanists and leaders in the northern California botany community. They will be using the family approach to identification, believing that the easiest way to learn about flowers and to expand your “plant repertoire” is to study family characteristics, allowing you to recognize attributes of the pea family, the sunflower family, the lily family and several more.
We’ll use the Peterson Guide to Pacific States Wildflowers by T. Niehaus and C. Ripper to learn how to key to the flower families. The Peterson Guide will also be available for purchase. Bring your hand lens, too. We’ll have a microscope set up to give us a unique view of the plant world!
The main reference guide for the workshop will be our Redbud Chapter’s beautiful book: Wildflowers of Nevada and Placer Counties, California. The book is organized by plant families and will fit right into the workshop plan. Copies of the book will be available for purchase during the workshop in case you don’t already have one of your own.
State CNPS 2014 Workshops are listed on the Field Trips page.
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