CLASSED CLOSED!!!!S14/26 Moss and Lichen Lab
Classroom Hours: 2
Wednesday, March 12, 2014, 10:00 AM - Noon (Snow date, March 19 10:00 AM to Noon)
Location: Bartlett Arboretum and Gardens Silver Education Building
Instructor: Taro Ietaka
FEE:Non-Master Gardener: $50.00 Master Gardener: $40.00
MATERIALS FEE: $10
DEADLINE: March 5, 2014 Class limit: 20
When flowers and butterflies just can't be found, you can still enjoy your time outdoors by changing your focus. Mosses and lichens are important elements in many ecosystems and are beautiful in their own right - what would a Pacific rainforest be without them? Their small size tends to leave them overlooked by most hikers, but in this hike and lecture, mosses and lichens will get the appreciation they are due. We'll learn a bit about their evolution and biology, how birds and other wildlife use them, how they can be used in gardening, and how to recognize the most common species in our area.
Students will take home a small moss garden. Dress for the weather as there is a hike included in the program.
Taro Ietaka is the Director of Conservation at the Rye Nature Center and the president of the Connecticut-Westchester Mycological Association. He has studied mosses and lichens at the Humboldt Field Research Institute with Nancy Slack and David Richardson, respectively.