May 8-10, 2015
Delve into the incredible diversity of plants found in the Southern Appalachians! We’ll make it easy to learn botanical terms, plant taxonomy, and plant identification. Students will participate in several field classes during which they will investigate particular plant communities, learning the plants common to those communities. Emphasis is given to plant distribution and communities and practice with keys and field guides. You never knew botany could be so fun!
Goal: To provide students with the knowledge needed to identify plants and with specific knowledge of the natural history of plants in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
TEACHERS: After attending this program, when you bring your school group you will qualify to come free and your students will get a reduced rate on a three day or longer experience.
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Specific objectives of this course are:
1. To introduce the student to plant structure and botanical terminology.
2. To introduce the student to plant classification, plant families and their characteristics.
3. To introduce the student to plant identification resources and how they are used.
4. To provide field study of plants in their natural settings.
Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:
1. Use existing resources to identify plants.
2. Understand and use basic botanical terminology.
3. Identify common woody and herbaceous plants in GSMNP.
4. Predict distribution of common plants in GSMNP.
Cancellations received up to two weeks prior to the program start date will be refunded in full, minus a $50 processing fee.