Plant Identification Lab

  • May 26, 2014 · 7:00 PM
  • Maryland Naturalist Center

Would you like to sharpen your plant ID skills?  Join us as we identify the specimens collected in late September and early March at the Baltimore County Center for Maryland Agriculture and Farm Park.  We’ll use plant keys, hand lenses, microscopes, and reference collections from the Natural History Society of Maryland.  This will not be a formal class, but rather an informal time for you to work with other interested people and with researchers conducting the Ag Center inventory. 

During these labs (May 12 and May 26), we will examine and identify the plants from a wet agricultural field, sharing our knowledge as we focus on a variety of plant types, including trees and shrubs, grasses, sedges, and herbaceous plants.  After this session we plan to offer additional lab series as the Ag Center project continues through the seasons of the year and the varied habitats at the Baltimore County property.

All levels of experience are welcome—from those with a basic knowledge of how to use a plant key to those who are experienced botanists.  If you’re brand new to plant identification, you may instead consider attending the formal plant identification class starting this spring (http://www.meetup.com/marylandnature/events/160976122/), where you can learn basic plant vocabulary and the keying process.

Bring a hand lens if you have one; we will have lenses and keys to share.

Cost: 

Members of the Natural History Society of Maryland - $15 for both sessions, paid at the first session; $10 walk-ins for individual sessions.

Non-members of the Natural History Society of Maryland - $10 walk-ins only.

Pay by check or cash at the door.

Become a member at www.marylandnature.com (individual $25; family $35).

The sessions will be facilitated by Charlie Davis and Judy FultonCharlie is a professional ecologist who is currently inventorying the plants on the cliffs of the Harpers Ferry Historic Park for the National Park Service.  Judy is a researcher conducting an inventory at the Ag Center.  She’s a Master Gardener and an active member of the Maryland Native Plant Society.

Both Charlie and Judy are volunteers, so your money for these sessions will go directly to support the programs, the nature collections, and the building that make this kind of nature education possible. 

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  • Charlie D.

    We examined and identified grasses, particularly two variants of Poa pratensis; and Schedonorus arundinaceus, whose identity was confirmed by the two cilia on the auricle.

    May 28, 2014

  • Robert B.

    Sorry to change my RSVP, but I'm currently stuck in shore traffic and won't be back in time. :/

    May 26, 2014

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