Wildlife in the Backyard: Amphibians and Reptiles (webinar only)

Wildlife awakens upon the spring equinox, vibrant with the sound of a new generation. In this workshop, students will learn which species belongs to which sound, identifying frogs, turtles, salamanders, and other herps (Greek for “crawling things”). Learn about the Big Night and the citizen science initiative surrounding it. From the comfort of your home attend the live instruction featuring these exceptional wetland fauna.

Location: Online
Instructor: Alicia Miller
Price: $15 / $20

Wildlife in the Backyard: Amphibians and Reptiles

Wildlife awakens upon the spring equinox, vibrant with the sound of a new generation. In this workshop, students will learn which species belongs to which sound, identifying frogs, turtles, salamanders, and other herps (Greek for “crawling things”). Learn about the Big Night and the citizen science initiative surrounding it. During the final hour of class, those onsite will explore CMBG’s vast wetland environments and practice identifying and observing these critical, fragile species.

Location: Bosarge Family Education Center Botanical Gardens Drive, Boothbay
Instructor: Alicia Miller
Price: $20 / $25

Plant ID and Ecology: Wetland Plants

Wetland plants are wildly diverse and complex—take the marsh marigold or the wild calla, the native relative of the traditional calla lily. Join ecologist Ted Elliman for this online lecture and captivating visual presentation, and learn more about freshwater wetland plants. Ted will guide participants in identification, wetland classifications, habits, and the fauna that have co-evolved with these verdant plants, gaining a deeper understanding for their ecological value.

Location: Online
Instructor: Ted Elliman
Price: $15 / $20

Trees of Maine: ID and Ecology

Celebrate Arbor Day with this field-study class highlighting the value of our northeastern forests. Maine's macro- and micro-climatic regions consist of a wide assortment of deciduous and coniferous species valuable to thousands of living organisms. Whether you’re a land steward, forestry student, or simply passionate about the outdoors, join Allyssa Gregory, Maine District Forester, to learn about the successional development of the Maine forest, its ecological significance, management strategies, and the soils that anchor and sustain the trees. Learn how to identify many of Maine's trees, the history of its forests, and about silvaculture and climate-adaptive species. Students will leave with a native tree seedling to plant.

Location: Bosarge Family Education Center Botanical Gardens Drive, Boothbay
Instructor: Allyssa Gregory
Price: $20 / $25

Natural Communities of Maine

Friday, May 13 and Saturday, May 21 | Learn how Maine’s native plants behave in their natural habitats. Guided by ecologist Ted Elliman, this comprehensive, two-day course will introduce students to several plant communities, the native plants living in them, and the natural processes affecting them.

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Location: Online & Bosarge Family Education Center
Instructor: Ted Elliman
Price: $130 / $155

Fundamentals of Botany

Friday, May 27 and Saturday, June 4 | With a core understanding of plant biology, working with nature takes on a whole new depth. Beginning with basic plant anatomy, students will learn how every aspect of the organism works together to sustain photosynthesis, respiration, and water and mineral uptake.

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Location: Online & Bosarge Family Education Center
Instructor: Lois Berg Stack
Price: $130 / $155

Introduction to Native Flora of Maine

Fridays, August 5 and 12 and Saturday, August 13 | The first step to gardening with Maine’s native plants is meeting them in their wild habitats. Over this two-day class, CMBG’s Research Botanist, Melissa Cullina, will help students recognize 50 or more frequent coastal species.

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Location: Online & Bosarge Family Education Center
Instructor: Melissa Cullina
Price: $155 / $180

Invasive Plants: Issues, Identification and Ecology

Mondays, September 19, 26, and October 3 | Invasive species are considered highly undesirable by botany, ecology, horticulture, and conservation professionals—and for good reason. In this two-day course, Amanda Devine, Regional Land Steward for Maine Coast Heritage Land Trust, will identify the basic ecological problems surrounding these aggressive, tenacious plants; the complicated (and sometimes political) issues surrounding them; and how a plant becomes labeled “invasive.”

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Location: Online & Maine Coast Heritage Trust ME
Instructor: Amanda Devine
Price: $130 / $155