Tilden Regional Park Botanic Garden is offering a lichen workshop on July 26, 2014.
The Amazing World of Lichens
Do you like lichens? Do you want to know what they are, where they grow, how they reproduce, and why they are important? Then this is the workshop for you! In this introductory workshop, you will learn the basics of lichen biology and ecology. We will focus on recognizing the different lichen growth forms and the various lichen structures that are used to differentiate between species. The workshop includes a classroom lecture, hands-on demonstrations exhibiting lichen structures, and a walk through the garden to observe lichens in their natural habitats.
Saturday, July 26, 10 am-3 pm
Instructor: Shelly Benson
Location: Tilden Regional Park Botanic Garden Visitor Center, Berkeley CA
Class fee: $55
Please bring lunch
To register for the class go to: http://www.nativeplants.org/events.html
Shelly Benson is the president of the California Lichen Society and has been studying lichens for the past 16 years. She received a Master of Science degree 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 is currently interested in using lichens as indicators for air quality and climate change.