Meet your Trees! An Introduction to the Trees of Northern Virginia
09Mar2017 - 06Apr2017
Learn tree identification, forest ecology, and much more!
From 6:30 pm until 8:30 pm five consecutive Thursdays
$100 for all five classes
Important note about class dates: This is a five-class series that will take place on five consecutive Thursday evenings (starting March 9) from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm. The Thursdays are March 9, 16, 23, 30, and April 6.
When you look at your backyard, visit a park, or go on a hike in the woods, do all the trees look the same to you?
Have you ever wondered how to tell the difference between oak and maple, pine and cedar, sycamore and sassafras?
Are you curious to know if “invasive species” are growing in your yard, and how to eradicate them?
Is learning about the Northern Virginia landscape something you've always wanted to do, but you keep putting it off?
Do you want to dramatically increase your understanding of and connection to the natural world?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, this class is for you; it's time to meet your trees! Join tree expert and master naturalist Carrie Blair for a beginner-friendly five-class series that will take you from arboreal ""zero to hero."" Early spring is a wonderful time of year to study plants because it's “bud break” season, when trees begin to produce buds, flowers, and leaves. Lots of growth and development happen in a short period of time, and we'll be able to monitor those changes from week to week. You'll learn about:
Identification. How to identify dozens of trees, even in the dead of winter! With practice you can identify most trees at a glance.
Tree families. How trees are related to each other, including similarities and differences in growth patterns, preferred environments, bark, buds, flowers, leaves, etc.
Field guides. Field guides can be incredibly helpful in learning about the natural world; by the end of this course you'll be comfortable using several different field guides.
Forest ecology. Forests are much more than trees; they are ecological systems comprised of numerous organisms. As you learn about trees, you'll gain a deeper understanding of and appreciation for the incredible complexity of forest environments.
Each session will involve a combination of time spent in the classroom and out in the field, so we recommend you come to each class prepared to go outside. Since it's early spring, we may encounter mud and cold temperatures—bring boots and warm layers! Beginners welcome; no experience necessary. We will provide several field guides, and we have a few hand lenses/magnifying glasses/binoculars students can borrow. If you have your own, please bring them! New and used field guides will be for sale at each class.
About the instructor: Carrie Blair's passion since 1975 is trees and the Virginia Native Plant Society, where she has been a dedicated student and field trip leader for 25 years in the Piedmont chapter. She became a Virginia Master Gardener, Virginia Master Naturalist and Tree Steward, and docent at the State Arboretum of Virginia, hence her Tree Lovers School.