Location:FieldSeminarsCenter, 1895 Fall River Road, Estes Park, Colorado
Besides Columbine, Chokecherry, and Blue Spruce, there are hundreds of interesting plants in the Rocky Mountains!Do you want to know how to identify flowers, shrubs, and trees?This course includes short classroom sessions followed by field excursions to the montane, subalpine, and alpine life zones in RockyMountainNational Park to learn about plants and their families.We will look at plants and use hand lenses to reveal structural details and identify specific plants.Field trips include hikes from 7,500 to 12, 000 feet above sea level in variable weather conditions.If you want to know more about plants, and develop techniques to identify them, this class is for you.
Moderate hikes of less than five miles per day with elevation gain of less than 1,000 ft.
Brief Instructor Biography(additional information available at www.rmna.org):
Karin Edwards- Karin Edwards earned a Forestry degree from the University of Montana in Missoula.She has worked as a field botanist for the National Vegetation Mapping Project in Rocky Mountain National Park (CO), Fossil Butte National Monument (WY), Craters of the Moon National Monument and Hagerman Fossil Beds (ID), Dinosaur National Monument (CO), Parashant National Monument (AZ), Curecanti National Recreation Area (CO), Canyonlands National Park (UT), Cedar Breaks National Monument (UT), Lake Mead National Recreation Area (NV, AZ), Mojave National Preserve (CA), Death Valley National Park (CA, NV), and Great Basin Nation Park (NV).Karin co-created a noxious weed booklet for ELSA (Estes Land Stewardship Association) in 2011, and authored newspaper articles that highlighted problematic weeds in the EstesValley.
Expectations:Professional conduct will be expected from participants at all times.Individual ideas will be respected.Except during course breaks, cellular phones, pagers, and personal entertainment devices are strictly prohibited in the classroom and during field sessions.
Rocky Mountain Field Seminars courses utilize car-pooling to limit vehicles traveling into the Park.Car-pooling makes it easier to keep the group together, reduces transit time, and allows courses greater access because fewer parking spaces are required at destinations.In addition, it provides an opportunity for participants to discuss course material in small groups during transit.Typically, a few participants from each course volunteer the use of their vehicles for car-pooling to course locations.
Tentative Course Schedule:
8:30 AMMeet at the Field Seminar Center for welcome, introductions, and individuals' expectations.
9:00 – 11:30 AMParticipants will review plant parts, flower part terminology, and definitions with diagrams.We will begin the presentation of plant families, discuss family characteristics, and introduce families using identification keys.
11:30 AM – 4:30 PMLunch and field trip to the montane for plant identification
8:30 – 10:00 AMMeet at the Field Seminar Center for review of plant parts and family identification.
10:00 AM – 4:30 PMPlant identification trip to subalpine forest
8:30 – 10:00 AMMeet at the Field Seminar Center for overview and pollination strategies.
10:00 AM – 4:30 PMAlpine field trip with plant identification
What to Bring:
Sack lunch, snacks, energy bars, & Water (at least a quart)
10x hand lens (diameter of 2 cm is most useful)
15 cm ruler
Field notebook (shirt-pocket size) and pencil
A portable camp stool or chair if you have difficulty sitting on the ground
Tweezers, or a safety pin (optional)
Lightweight binocular (optional)
Plant ID book of your choice
Remember to Bring the 10 Essentials:
RockyMountainNational Park recommends that hikers always carry the 10 essentials in their daypacks.
Map and compass
Flashlight or headlamp
Sunglasses and sunscreen
Matches or other fire starter
Extra layers of clothing
Sack lunch, snacks, and water
Note:Rocky Mountain Field Seminars recommends that participants for all courses dress in layers and wear comfortable, sturdy hiking boots/shoes.Participants should be prepared for sudden changes in temperature and weather conditions.
(required) Beidleman, Beidleman, and Willard.Plants of Rocky MountainNational Park.2000. Falcon Press, currently out of print but may be available through Amazon or a similar seller.
Colorado Flora Eastern Slope (third or fourth edition) by William A. Weber and Ronald C. Wittmann
Rocky Mountain Flora by William A. Weber
Handbook of Rocky Mountain Plants by Ruth Ashton Nelson
Teacher Relicensure Credit:
Most seminars are eligible for teacher recertification credit through the Centennial Board of Cooperative Education Services (BOCES).The fee is $25.00 per seminar (.5 unit) or $25.00 per series of threaded seminars (1.0 - 3.0 units).A list of threaded seminars can be found online at www.rmna.org.Participants must enroll in all seminars of a threaded series in order to qualify for the $25.00 multi-unit fee. Please be prepared to pay for this credit with a check, made payable to BOCES, on the first day of a seminar or on the final day of a threaded series of seminars.
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