Details: Learn to identify invasive plant species commonly found growing in landscaped and natural areas by examining cut samples from live plants. Following the presentation and plant identification exercise, we will apply our new skill set by searching for invasive plants while walking a short distance along a parking lot to view landscaped plants, then along a paved path that meanders through a natural area within King Park to view wild growing plants. Please bring a handheld magnifying lens if you own one, and dress appropriately for the short outdoor walk (long pants to avoid contact with poison ivy, comfortable walking shoes, inclement weather conditions, and biting insects). Identification guides will be supplied for use during the plant identification exercise and the outdoor walk (including Invasive Forest Plants of the Mid-Atlantic, New Invaders of the Northeast and Northcentral United States, Plant Invaders of Mid-Atlantic Natural Areas (4th Edition), Mistaken Identity? Invasive Plants and their Native Look-Alikes, and Mid-Atlantic Field Guide to Aquatic Invasive Species). Snacks and beverages will also be provided.
Suggested Audience:  Professionals within the Landscape Industry (Licensed Tree Experts, landscape maintenance, lawn care, etc.) and Natural Resources Industry (foresters, restoration practitioners, land managers, etc.).
Continuing Education Credits: The following trade organizations have pre-approved this workshop to offer continuing education credits:

1. Chesapeake Bay Landscape Professional: 3.5 CBLP CEU
2. Maryland Licensed Tree Expert: 4.0 MD LTE CEU
3. Maryland Nursery, Landscape and Greenhouse Association, Inc.: 0.5 CPH CEU

Special Giveaway Prize: One lucky participant will win a new copy of the book “The Living Landscape – Designing for beauty and biodiversity in the home garden” by Rick Darke & Doug Tallamy.

 Optional: If you own a mobile computing device, please install the Mid-Atlantic Early Detection Network (MAEDN) smartphone app prior to the workshop. It can be used to identify invasive species and it is available to download free of charge.
Optional: At the end of the workshop you can purchase your own hardcopy of the field guide entitled Plant Invaders of Mid-Atlantic Natural Areas (5th Edition)for $5.00 each.
Registration:  Limited to 20 people. RSVP by Tuesday, 09/03/19 by calling the Calvert County Extension Office at 410-535-3662.

Pre-registration is required.

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