Introduction to Lichens

Saturday, December 10, 2022
10:00am – 1:00pm

$35 per person ($30 for Friends of Pepperwood)
Ages 12 and up are welcome 
Meet at the Dwight Center

Perhaps you have seen colorful, bushy, leafy, or scaly lichens clinging to oak trees or covering rocks. Lichens are all around us, and they have fascinating stories to tell! These incredible organisms are diverse, highly adaptable, and play important roles in the ecosystem such as supporting wildlife. During this exploration at Pepperwood, you will learn to better understand what lichens are, where they grow, how they reproduce, and how to identify them. Expert lichenologist, Jesse Miller, will enlighten you with the biology, ecology, and identification of these weird and wonderful composite organisms. After this class you will be sure to notice lichens of all shapes and sizes almost everywhere you go!

We will begin with a brief classroom presentation reviewing the essentials, and then embark on a walk to discover our local lichens first-hand. You are welcome to bring your lunch to enjoy at our courtyard picnic tables at the conclusion of class.
This event includes a slow-paced hike of 1-2 miles over varied terrain. It will go on in light rain, though heavy storms will cancel.

We highly recommend that you watch our previously recorded class presentation, A Lens on Lichens – featuring Jesse Miller, before you join us. This video will give you helpful background information to support your learning in the field! Find it on our YouTube channel here.

Instructor: Jesse Miller – Jesse Miller has worked as a botanist and lichenologist across California and the Pacific Northwest for many years. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2016, where he studied the effects of habitat connectivity on grassland plant communities. He is currently a lecturer at Stanford, where he teaches ecology classes, including inquiry-based courses that engage undergraduates in real world ecological research. Jesse’s research interests include the effects of global change factors such as altered fire regimes on lichen and plant communities. Jesse loves sharing his passion for the natural world with others and enjoys contributing to Northern California’s growing community of lichen enthusiasts.

COVID Protocols: All events will follow current regional health safety guidelines. Please bring a mask. Masks are only required while indoors, or when 6 feet of courtesy distance from others cannot be maintained. Please practice good health hygiene, and physical distancing when possible. If you do not feel well, please do not attend.

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For all questions about this event, please contact Holland Gistelli, Education Program Coordinator, at hgistelli@pepperwoodpreserve.org or (707) 591-9310 x 124.

Early bird registration for Friends of Pepperwood begins at 9am on Monday, June 13, 2022. Enter the code you received as a current Friend of Pepperwood to access early registration and to receive your discount. If you’re not sure about your Friends of Pepperwood status or don’t know the code, contact Sloane Shinn, Community Engagement, at sshinn@pepperwoodpreserve.org or (707) 591-9310 x 133. Click here to become a Friend of Pepperwood today!

Registration for the general public begins at 9am on Monday, June 20, 2022.

2022-12-10 10:00 2022-12-10 13:00 America/Los_Angeles Introduction to Lichens

Saturday, December 10, 2022 10:00am – 1:00pm $35 per person ($30 for Friends of Pepperwood) Ages 12 and up are welcome  Meet at the Dwight Center Perhaps you have seen colorful, bushy, leafy, or scaly lichens clinging to oak trees or covering rocks. Lichens are all around us, and they have fascinating stories to tell! […]

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