|Workshop||September 17||Thursday||7:00 pm|
|Fee:||$79 (plus hst)|
|Instructor(s):||Bob Bowles, Coordinator of the Ontario Master Naturalist Program|
Ferns are, in some ways, blown in the wind. These ancient non-vascular plants reproduce with spores and they tend to hybridize more than most plants, which makes them very interesting to study. This workshop will focus on the lycophytes (clubmosses, spikemosses, quillworts) which are closely related to ferns, horsetails, moonwort ferns and the large traditional fern families. You will learn how to identify the many species of ferns, horsetails and clubmosses, the habitat they prefer and their relationships to environmental ecosystems. Many fern species are rare in Ontario and grow in special habitats. You will be amazed at the number of fern species and how you pass them by everyday in your daily walks but once you acquire more knowledge about each species, you will understand more about the habitats where you find them.
Workshop participants will receive interactive PowerPoint slides, videos, self tests, and other materials in advance to work through before attending a Thursday evening webinar with program coordinator Bob Bowles, where he will work through and demonstrate key concepts. Participants are encouraged to go out into the field over the weekend and return to the Zoom "Trailhead" for a more informal Q&A with Bob and others on Sunday.