Zoologist Stephanie Ritter and Naturalist Mark Wheeler teach this 3 day Desert Institute class and field trip into Joshua Tree National Park.
You MUST register and pay fee at the Desert Institute website to attend - http://www.joshuatree.org/desert-institute/field-classes/flora-of-joshua-tree-national-park/
You may also RSVP here (not required) so we can keep track of who is coming from our own Meetup group.
Students in this informal but purposeful class will have the opportunity to observe many of the flowering plants in Joshua Tree National Park, learn their names and something about their different places in the park’s greater plant community. In addition, students will gain familiarity with the tools necessary to identify plants on their own.
Friday’s class will include a basic botany lecture, with emphasis on desert plants wherever possible and as appropriate. This will be followed by an introduction to basic field guides, and to the use of plant keys in identification. A lab session will give students the opportunity to examine plant and, especially, flower parts in close detail with instructor prompts and guidance. Saturday and Sunday are field days and will be spent in the park. With instructor assistance, students, in pairs or small groups, will practice identifying flowering plants. Although several plant keys will be available for this, practice with keys in the Jepson Manual of California Plants, 2nd Edition, and the Jepson Desert Manual will be emphasized. Walking distances for this class are minimal.
This class is sponsored by the Hi-Desert Nature Museum