Field Botany

syllabus

Monday - AM
Lecture: Introduction to Plants (1.5 hrs)
DVD Screening: The first flower (1 hr)
Introduction to the herbarium (1 hr)

Monday - PM
Walk along Duck Brook: Learn the taxonomy and ecology of 15-20 native, non-native plants (3-4 hrs)

Tuesday - AM
Lecture: Flowers and Fruits (1.5 hrs)
DVD Screening: Sexual Encounters of the Floral Kind (1 hr)
Lab: Introduction to dichotomous keys, plant identification in the lab

Tuesday - PM
Visit to Beech Hill Farms (1.5 hrs)
Looking at Edible Plant Families (Plant morphology, anatomy, and diversity)
Hike Beech Mountain: Learn the taxonomy and ecology of 15-20 native, non-native plants (2-3 hrs)

Wednesday - AM
Lecture: Primary and Secondary Growth (1.5 hrs)
DVD Screening: The Queen of Trees (The coevolution of figs and wasps – 1 hr)
Practice keying; session on mounting plants for preservation in herbaria (1.5 hrs)

Wednesday-  PM
Hike Wonderland: Learn the taxonomy and ecology of 15-20 native, non-native plants; Edible and medicinal plants of Maine
Quiz 1: field identification of plants seen on days 1-3

Thursday - AM
Lecture: Plants of Bogs and Rock Outcrops; Plant Adaptations to Unusual Habitats, Plant Evolution (1.5 hrs)

Thursday - PM
Visit Bog 2: Quiz 2_Bog Plants (3 hrs)

Friday (Full day Trip - Lunch in the Field)
AM - Visit to serpentine and granite quarries on Deer Isles, Maine to examine the role of geology in plant ecology and evolution (3-4 hrs)
PM - Visit to Callahan Mine, a former open pit Copper/Zinc mine in Brooksville, Maine (3-4 hrs)
Quiz 3_Plants of Rock Outcrops


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