12sep(sep 12)7:00 pm10oct(oct 10)9:00 pmNon-Native and Invasive Plants (September 12 - October 10)
Non-Native and Invasive PlantsNATH2319E, 1.5 CEUs What IS the definition of “invasive” and why should we care? Consequences of invasive plants in mid-Atlantic natural
Non-Native and Invasive Plants
NATH2319E, 1.5 CEUs
What IS the definition of “invasive” and why should we care? Consequences of invasive plants in mid-Atlantic natural areas may be medical, ecological, environmental, or economic. This course will explore the historical and ongoing arrival of invasives, look at their cultural, legal, and ecological significance, and focus time on the identification of major species of concern in the mid-Atlantic and possible control measures. Three field trips to local parks will reinforce identification skills and emphasize current management issues.
Class Schedule: September 12 – October 10, Mondays, 7–9 pm
Class Location: Online via Zoom
Field Trips: Theodore Roosevelt Island Park (Washington DC) Sept. 17; Patapsco Valley State Park – Avalon Area Oct. 1; Rock Creek Area, Oct 15
Course Fees: Zoom Lectures + 3 Field Trips: NF members $260, nonmembers $310
Required materials: 10x hand lens or higher quality glass loupe, available at the NF shop
Paula Becker is an Ecologist with the MD Department of Natural Resources, Natural Heritage Program. She manages restoration efforts of the rare community of Soldiers Delight Natural Environment Area; oversees volunteers, outreach and education; conducts rare species surveys, and supports other projects for the State’s nongame and endangered species program. Prior to joining MD DNR, she served as a naturalist for New Jersey State Parks and Forests, provided Integrated Pest Management at a native plants nursery, and trained as a wildlife rehabilitator in Seattle, Washington. She holds a double B.S. in Forest Biology and Resource Management, from the State University of New York – College of Environmental Sciences and Forestry. Go, Mighty Oaks!
September 12 (Monday) 7:00 pm - October 10 (Monday) 9:00 pm