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Plant Identification Lab

  • Jul 14, 2014 · 7:00 PM
  • Maryland Naturalist Center

Would you like to sharpen your plant ID skills?  Join us as we identify specimens collected 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.  At the moment, participants are having fun identifying flowering plants collected in the spring.

During these labs (July 14 and July 28), we will examine and identify the plants, 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 will continue to offer additional labs every second and fourth Monday of the month 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.  Bring a hand lens if you have one; we will have lenses and keys to share.


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 (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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  • A former member
    A former member

    I went to the building and was an hour early, but it didn't look open? Is there a specific door to go through next time?

    July 14, 2014

    • Linda D.

      Hi, Ellen.

      July 14, 2014

    • Linda D.

      I hope you waited awhile until Charlie and Judy arrived and that you're now enjoying the class. For now our building is only open during programs and when people are working on our collections.

      July 14, 2014

  • Judy F.

    Yes, the plant identification lab is indoors at the Natural History building on Belair Road.

    July 14, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Will this be indoors tomorrow? I really want to go, we are just supposed to get bad storms again tomorrow.

    July 14, 2014

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