Flora of Joshua Tree National Park Spring 2018


Date/Time: Friday, March 9, 6 pm - 8:30 pm Saturday, March 10, 8 am - 5 pm Sunday, March 11, 8 am - 1 pm Meet at: Black Rock Canyon Nature Center Noncredit Fee: $135 JTNPA member, $145 non member Credit Fee: $210 JTNPA member, $220 non member Instructors: Kurt Leuschner, M.S., Wildlife Ecology Hike Level: Moderate More Information & Register

Students in this informal but purposeful class will have the opportunity to observe many of the flowering plants in Joshua Tree National Park, learn their names and something about their different places in the park’s greater plant community. In addition, students will gain familiarity with the tools necessary to identify plants on their own. Friday’s class will include a basic botany lecture, with emphasis on desert plants wherever possible and as appropriate. This will be followed by an introduction to basic field guides, and to the use of plant keys in identification. A lab session will give students the opportunity to examine plant and, especially, flower parts in close detail with instructor prompts and guidance. Saturday and Sunday are field days and will be spent in the park. With instructor assistance, students, in pairs or small groups, will practice identifying flowering plants. Walking distances for this class are minimal.