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Ferns are ancient, easily recognizable, delightfully architectural, eminently important plants in New England habitats and a perfect topic for a summer botany class. Ferns are older than flowering plants; in fact, ferns predate most dinosaurs! Like flowering plants, they have vessels/veins for transport of water within roots, stem and leaves, but unlike flowering plants, ferns reproduce by means of spores. In our class we will learn the full natural history of ferns: recognition and identification of species; life history and spore reproduction of ferns; ecology and importance to ecosystems; ferns in prose, poetry, and art; and human uses of ferns.
ZOOM LINK: Available on website to paid and registered members
CLASS LIMIT: 95
INSTRUCTOR: Joe Choiniere is a lifelong naturalist with a B.S. in Natural History from UMass/Amherst. He worked for Mass Audubon and taught hundreds of natural history classes and workshops and has been an instructor for Fitchburg State University , teaching workshops on nature study.
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Worcester Institute for Senior Education (WISE)Assumption University, 500 Salisbury Street, Worcester MA 01609