Natural Communities of Maine
May 13 @ 9:30 am - 2:30 pm
Friday, May 13 from 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. | Online
Saturday, May 21 from 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. | Bosarge Family Education Center
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 Maine’s plant communities, their defining physical environments, the plants living in them, and the natural processes affecting them. First in the classroom and then in the field, learn the differences between communities like salt marshes, red maple swamps, bogs, and floodplain forests, and discover common plants as well as key plant adaptations. After day one’s online class, apply newfound knowledge on day two, in the living classroom of the Gardens and at a local land trust property.
Ted Elliman has been engaged in botanical work in New England and other northeastern states for more than thirty years. Most recently, he was a botanist and plant ecologist on the staff of the New England Wild Flower Society in Framingham, Massachusetts, where he conducted botanical inventories, natural community surveys, invasive species control programs, and helped publish Wildlfowers of New England.