Lichens are all around us and they have fascinating stories to tell. This two-day workshop will focus on developing skills for identifying common Bay Area macrolichens (foliose and fruticose lichens) to genus. We will begin with an introductory classroom session, where we will cover basic lichen anatomy and terminology, and discuss the roles lichens play in ecosystems such as supporting wildlife. We’ll then divide the rest of the class time between field trips to nearby natural areas and lab time, so that students can observe lichens in their natural habitats and then bring collections back to the lab for study. Students will learn to recognize and distinguish between pollution-tolerant lichen communities that we often see in cities and the more pristine communities that occur in places with high air quality. After taking this course you will be sure to observe lichens, big or small, almost everywhere you go!
Transportation: Not provided. Personal vehicle or carpool required for field trip.
Start/End: Saturday, 9 am – Sunday, 5 pm.
Course Fee: $275/$305
This workshop has been approved for 6 Professional Development Credits by the California Consulting Botanist Board of Certification