Summer Wildflower ID
Identifying wildflowers can be challenging. But fear not! In this hands-on workshop, you will learn how to use Newcomb’s Wildflower Guide, the most highly regarded wildflower field guide for our region. This guide employs a unique system that takes a bit of effort to learn, but once mastered it is a pleasure to use. The majority of our time will be spent outdoors, providing you with ample opportunity to develop your wildflower ID’ing skills. Your instructor will be Richard Aaron, a popular naturalist and educator who has done many programs for the Nature Centre over the years. In this workshop, you will:
learn how to use Newcomb’s Wildflower Guide (provided for use)identify a diverse assortment of wildflowers using your newfound skillsuse a 10-power hand magnifier (provided for use) to view plant features up close, learn useful identification termsdiscuss the merits of other wildflower field guides for our regionreceive a list of helpful hints and tips for troubleshooting difficult identifications. Please come to this workshop wearing comfortable close-toed footwear. The hike will be easy/moderate in difficulty (paved or hard-packed trails with some incline).
Richard Aaron is interested in many facets of the natural world, with a particular fondness for plants, fungi, insects, and biomimicry. Over the years, he has done walks, workshops and lectures for over 90 organizations, ranging from naturalist clubs to universities, including a stint as a summer staff naturalist at Algonquin Provincial Park. He has written articles for several leading nature magazines, and also co-founded two citizen science projects: one a multi-year survey of dragonflies & damselflies in Rouge National Urban Park, the other an ongoing study of moths in High Park. Richard places a premium on experiential learning whether it’s examining a flower through a hand lens, netting an insect (for later release), or making a mushroom spore print. He strongly encourages intellectual curiosity, while acknowledging that sometimes the best questions are those that lack clear-cut answers.Richard has been conducting adult workshops for the High Park Nature Centre since 2012. His website is at http://natureknowledge.weebly.com.
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