Decoding Plants: Seeing Urban Trees with New Eyes

I’m excited to be teaching a botany/ecology course with the Portland Underground Grad School in October. This is the next course in my Decoding Plants series – this time a schedule-friendly weekend workshop! Please join us! Details below.

Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 14 – 15, 10 am – 3 pm
Location: Overlook Neighborhood (You’ll receive meeting information upon registration)
$120 individual/$180 corporate || 20 student maximum

Registration open at Portland Underground Grad School

Deepen your connection with the place we live by tuning in to the world of trees and learning how the flora of our bio-region is in flux. Understanding the species we share our home with positions us to be advocates for conservation and offers tools for reimagining our personal and collective relationships to nature.

Have you ever walked around your neighborhood, or gone on a hike, and wished you knew the names of the trees you saw? Have you ever wondered how they fit into the ecosystem and what uses they have? Have you ever felt daunted by conifer identification? In this class, you’ll learn to recognize our local trees and how to identify conifers. By the end of the course, you’ll have created your own guide to 10 major tree families – and you will have fresh eyes for the trees that live right outside your door.

Day 1: Tree Patterns. Explore the taxonomy (how plants are classified according to their relationships) and morphology (the form and parts of a plant) of trees and meet our first five plant families, including native and introduced species. Practice using a key to identify conifers.

Day 2: Tree Communication. Learn how trees interact with each other and other species in the ecosystem. We’ll discuss the ethnobotany of trees in the Willamette Valley including edible, medicinal and culturally significant species. Take a woodland walk to practice identifying five more tree families.

What to bring: Sketch book, pencil, eraser, pencil sharpener
Optional texts: Botany in a Day by Thomas Elpel, Pacific Coast Tree Finder by Tom Watts
Bring drinking water and a bag lunch or buy lunch at one of several nearby cafes.
Dress for the weather and bring sun/rain protection, and whatever you need to be comfortable walking outdoors.

Questions? mulysa@resiliencedesign.com

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