July 25, 2014toJuly 26, 2014

Cosponsored with the New England Wild Flower Society

A truly comprehensive understanding of native plant materials must necessarily include an understanding of how native plants behave in their natural habitats.  In Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens’ two-day introduction to the natural communities of Maine on Friday and Saturday, July 25 and 26, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. each day, ecologist Ted Elliman will introduce students to several of Maine’s characteristic assemblages of plants, their defining physical environments, and the natural processes that affect them.  In the classroom and in the field, students will learn the differences between community types such as salt marshes, red maple swamps, northern hardwood forests, bogs, and floodplain forests.  Ted will also cover some of the common plants that occur in each natural community type, and what plant adaptations are a key to competing successfully in the various communities. 

The primary reference for this course will be Natural Landscapes of Maine: a Guide to Natural Communities and Ecosystems by Susan Gawler and Andrew Cutko. Bring a lunch, sturdy shoes that can get wet, and your sense of adventure for this not-to-be missed learning experience.

This course is part of the Certificate Program in Native Plants and Ecological Horticulture but is open to all, subject to availability.

Ecologist Ted Elliman is Vegetation Management Coordinator for the New England Wild Flower Society, where for the past six years he and his dedicated corps of volunteers have located, documented, and controlled invasive species in natural areas for land trusts, conservation organizations, and state agencies across the New England landscape.  In his present position he also conducts botanical inventories, rare plant and natural community documentation. Previously, Ted worked as a contract ecologist for the National Park Service and several other agencies doing rare plant and natural community surveys and invasive management projects on the Appalachian Trail (from Maine to Pennsylvania) and the Boston Harbor Islands.   He has been a natural history tour guide to western China for the last 16 years.

Where:      Bosarge Family Education Center, Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens and local field destinations
Price:         $120 members, $140 nonmembers (preregistration required)

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