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Workshop: Tree and Plant ID

  • 09/20/2011
  • 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
  • University of Maryland, College Park

Sponsoring Organization: Chesapeake Natives

Included in the workshop will be a field trip to the Hillock behind the Research greenhouse to explore an unique and impressive geographical area full of native plants.

Join us for a hike of the wooded Hillock. September is the perfect time to study tree ID because both the leaves and the fruits are present. The Hillock, a mature 29 acre forest adjacent to the Research Greenhouse, is the perfect place to practice tree identification. The sands and gravels that make the Hillock the highest topographic point on the University of Maryland campus were deposited by the ancestral Potomac River 100 million years ago. That period is well known for dinosaurs, but it is also when the first flowering plants appeared and began their radiation into the myriad forms known today. The poor, acid soils host many tree species, including those that we examined during the workshop.

Cost: $50 includes lunch and materials fee.

Note: Right now we are planning on only the one day, but if there is demand we will offer the workshop again on Sept. 21.

Register: please visit our website

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