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Wednesday, 20 June 2012 15:32

Fern workshop part of activity series

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Local writer and naturalist George Ellison will conduct a “Fern Identification 101” workshop from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. July 5 at the Highlands Biological Station.

Of the 70 species of ferns in western North Carolina, participants in the workshop will learn to identify those that are distinctive and readily identified. Emphasis will be placed on learning to use a non-technical identification manual titled Fern Finder by Anne and Barbara Hallowell.

Following an introductory session, the workshop will take advantage of the Highlands Botanical Garden and identify ferns on campus. Advanced registration is required and the workshop fee is $25, which includes a copy of Fern Finder. Participants should bring water, lunch, rain gear, and a handlens or household magnifier. The program is offered as part of the “Think About Thursdays” summer activity series. or 828.526.2221.

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