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2017 SPECIAL PINELANDS PLANT COURSE - ADVANCED
   Time: 7pm - 9pm  
     Sponsored by: New Jersey Conservation Foundation
     Start: 03/14/17 - End: 11/14/17
Location: Pinelands Preservation Alliance headquarters, 17 Pemberton Road , Southampton, NJ 08088
Contact: 908-997-0733 REGISTER   EMAIL

2017 Special Pinelands Plant Course - Advanced
Each participant will study a site at the Franklin Parker Preserve . The objective of the course is for each student to create a comprehensive, specimen-based list of every vascular plant species present on his/her site. The course is geared for professionals and advanced amateurs. Course work includes:
-Attendance at scheduled monthly workshops
-Field study at your site at least once a month, March through October
-Record-keeping in a field notebook for all pertinent field observations
-Creation of herbarium-quality plant specimens (at least one per species encountered)
-Creation of a comprehensive list of vascular plants on the site


2017 SPECIAL PINELANDS PLANT COURSE - FUNDAMENTALS
   Time: 7pm - 9pm  
     Sponsored by: New Jersey Conservation Foundation
     Start: 05/11/17 - End: 07/13/17
Location: Pinelands Preservation Alliance headquarters, 17 Pemberton Road , Southampton, NJ 08088
Contact: 908-997-0725 REGISTER   EMAIL
This year, we'll focus on the natural relationships and modern classification of plants, using the Pine Barrens of New Jersey as our outdoor classroom. By investigating, especially, plant families, and the characteristics that systematists use in trying to delineate them, we'll reinforce our understanding of plant morphology, which will greatly enhance our field botany skills.

This course will be geared for beginners, though seasoned field botanists may also enjoy the tour of plant families and the careful study of the intriguing variety of flower morphology.

We'll study live and pressed specimens during the ten evening workshops, and make nine weekend field trips. Of course, we'll also pay close attention to plants and plant communities that are of conservation priority.

The class will meet every Thursday evening from 7-9pm, May 11 to July 13 with field trips taking place on weekends. Registration is $150 per person. High school and college students with a valid ID may register for a 50% discount at $75 per person.

Two texts are required for this course:

The Illustrated Book of Wildflowers and Shrubs, William Carey Grimm, 1993, Stackpole.

Guide to Flowering Plant Families, Wendy B. Zomlefer, 1994, Chapel Hill.

You will also need a 10X lens (pocket loupe). Economical models are available for less than $10 (see Forestry Suppliers).

Events For 06/17/17 (Saturday)
BUTTERFLIES AT FRANKLIN PARKER PRESERVE
   Time: 9:30am - 2:30pm  
     Sponsored by: New Jersey Conservation Foundation
     Location: Franklin Parker Preserve - Chatsworth Lake Entrance, , Woodland Township, NJ
Contact: 908-997-0725 REGISTER   EMAIL
Join experts from NABA (North American Butterfly Association) and our very own Dr. Emile DeVito as we search our largest preserve for south Jersey butterfly species! We'll look for Bog Copper, a species that is primarily found in abandoned cranberry bogs. After two hours we'll break for lunch in the shade and learn some Pine Barrens ecology. For those interested, we'll then head back out into the field until about 2:30pm. Please wear appropriate footwear and clothing and be sure to bring plenty of water, lunch, and sunscreen. And don't forget your binoculars!

Events For 06/23/17 (Friday)
2017 BUTTERFLY HIKE
   Time: 9:30am - 11:30am  
     Sponsored by: New Jersey Conservation Foundation
     Location: Bamboo Brook Outdoor Education Center, 170 Longview Road , Far Hills, NJ 07931
Contact: 9089970725 REGISTER   EMAIL
Join experts from the North American Butterfly Association as we walk the meadows of Bamboo Brook in search of early summer butterfly species.

Events For 06/25/17 (Sunday)
FOREST BATHING & MEDITATIVE HIKE
   Time: 9am-11am  
     Sponsored by: New Jersey Conservation Foundation
     Location: Franklin Parker Preserve - Chatsworth Lake Entrance, , Woodland Township, NJ
Contact: 9089970725 REGISTER   EMAIL
Join Off The Grid yoga instructor Meg Soucy for a forest bathing experience; an easy hike and gentle yoga session, suitable for both beginners and experienced practitioners. The hike will include a meditation and centering session to kick things off - we will then enjoy a beautiful hike through the landscapes of the Pine Barrens enjoying the detoxifying quality of being present in nature. Yogis should bring their own mat (or a blanket/towel if you don't have one) along with water and suitable shoes for walking.

What is forest Bathing?
"In an effort to combat our indoor epidemic and reap these health benefits, a growing number of Americans have become followers of a Japanese practice called Shinrin-yoku. Coined by the Japanese Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries in 1982, the word literally translates to 'taking in the forest atmosphere' or 'forest bathing' and refers to the process of soaking up the sights, smells and sounds of a natural setting to promote physiological and psychological health."

For more about forest bathing, please read the following article:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/to-your-health/wp/2016/05/17/forest-bathing-is-latest-fitness-trend-to-hit-u-s-where-yoga-was-30-years-ago/?utm_term=.12145a6bbb1d

 

 


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