unspecified-5DATE: Tuesday April 19, 2016
TIME: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
TAUGHT BY: Jolie Elan of Go Wild Institute
LOCATION: SPAWN, 9255 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Olema, CA. 94950

Immerse yourself in gorgeous spring blooms and see the intricate beauty of flowers through the eyes of a botanist. Learn essentials of plant growth and development, reproduction, ecology and more. We’ll begin with a classroom talk on the basics of botanical identification and then venture outside into the beauty of spring to see and identify the plants around us. We will learn to use basic botanical keys in the field and start to recognize the floral patterns of major plant families. Students are encouraged to bring Pacific Coast Tree Finder by Tom Watts and Marin Flora if they own them. It will be a fun and informative class! Jolie Elan, M.S., Founder and Director of Go Wild Institute, is an ecologist, ethnobotanist, educator, certified forester, and permaculture designer. She has inspired thousands of people to deepen their relationship with nature and worked with ethnobotanical projects on four continents. She is an adjunct faculty member at the College of Marin and regularly teaches at Point Reyes Field Institute and San Francisco State University’s Sierra Nevada Field Campus.

Appropriate for what ages: 12 and up with an adult

Attendees should wear: Comfortable, weather-appropriate clothes and comfortable hiking shoes.

Attendees should bring: Lunch and a water bottle.

Please bring a magnifying glass or loupe if you have one.

Event leader will supply: Loupes and some copies of Pacific Coast Tree Finder for sale.

The event is free but preregistration is required.

To register: contact Preston Brown at SPAWN atpreston@tirn.net. (415) 663-8590