This five-week course covers the identification, evolutionary history, and ecology of ferns and lycophytes. Lectures will focus on understanding the life and reproductive methods of these ancient plants, the local fern families and their characteristics, and their uses by humans and animals. Field trips will focus on identification of ferns using a variety of resources.
Virtual lectures: Wednesdays, 6-8 pm from June 28-July 26
Field trips: Saturday, July 8 (9 am-12 pm) National Arboretum, DC; Saturday, July 22 (8:30-11:30 am) Riverbend Park, VA
Instructor: Kit Sheffield