Lichen Workshops, Fall 2013

This fall, there will be several opportunities for you to learn more about lichens, those obscure yet ubiquitous organisms that you’ve always wondered about.  Lichenologist Shelly Benson will offer several introductory lichen workshops in the greater San Francisco Bay Area and beyond.  Sign up for a class and get the chance to ask your burning lichen questions.  See course description and instructor biography at the bottom of this post.

OCTOBER 12:  Friends of the Regional Parks Botanic Garden CLASS FULL

Location:  Tilden Regional Park Botanic Garden

Time:  10:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Course fee:  $50

Class title:  The Amazing World of Lichens

For more information and to register go to:     http://www.nativeplants.org/events

 

OCTOBER 19:  Hopland Research and Extension Center

Location:  Hopland Research and Extension Center

Time:  10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Course fee:  $60

Class title:  The Amazing World of Lichens

For more information and to register contact:  Shelly Benson (707) 479-6777,      shelly.benson@yahoo.com

 

OCTOBER 26:  Pepperwood Preserve

Location:  Pepperwood Preserve

Time:  9:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Course fee:  $30

Class title:  Introduction to Lichen Identification

For more information and to register go to:   http://app.pepperwoodpreserve.org/pls/apex/f?p=514:1

 

NOVEMBER 2:  Point Reyes National Seashore Association

Location:  Point Reyes National Seashore

Time:  9:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Course fee:  $50 ($40 for PRNSA members)

Class title:  Lichens of Pierce Point Ranch

For more information and to register go to:   http://www.ptreyes.org/fieldinstitute/classlistnaturalworld.shtml#lichens

 

Course Description

Lichens are found all around us, growing in nearly every habitat and on almost any surface.  However, these ubiquitous organisms are commonly overlooked.  Shelly Benson, a Bay Area lichenologist, will explain this fascinating fungal-algal relationship known as the lichen.  Any of these introductory classes will give you a basic understanding of lichen biology and ecology.  You will gain competence at recognizing lichen structures that are important for identification.  The workshop includes a classroom lecture, hands-on demonstrations, and a field excursion to observe lichens in their natural habitats.  Note:  At the Point Reyes workshop, you will have the opportunity to use a simplified dichotomous key to identify the lichens found at Pierce Point Ranch.  The Pepperwood Preserve workshop specifically focuses on lichen identification and you will use microscopes, chemical tests, and dichotomous keys to identify lichens to genus.

Instructor Biography

Shelly Benson is the president of the California Lichen Society and has been studying lichens for the past 14 years.  She received a Master of Science degree in 2001 from the University of Northern British Columbia, Canada, where she studied lichen ecology in the canopy of old growth forests in the Canadian Rocky Mountains.  She has conducted lichen inventories in the San Francisco Bay Area and is currently working on identifying lichens from several Bay Area State Parks.  Shelly is also interested in the use of lichens as indicators for air quality and climate change.  She started teaching in order to spread the word about these amazing organisms.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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