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Flora of Joshua Tree National Park

(UCR Credit: 1.5 units)

Date/Time:

Friday, March 28, 6 pm – 9 pm,

Saturday, March 29, 8 am – 5 pm,

Sunday, March 30, 8 am – 2 pm

Meet at: Hi Desert Nature Museum, Yucca Valley
Fee: $135 members $145 non members
Credit Fee: $210 members $220 non members
Instructor: Stefanie Ritter, M.S.,Zoology, Botany & Genetics & Mark Wheeler, M.S., Education, Desert Naturalist
Hike Level: Moderate

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. Although several plant keys will be available for this, practice with keys in the Jepson Manual of California Plants, 2nd Edition, and the Jepson Desert Manual will be emphasized. Walking distances for this class are minimal.

This class is sponsored by the Hi-Desert Nature Museum

Click to download the course outline: Flora of JTNP Outline – Sp 2015(approved)

Please review this pdf package that contains pertinent information about your class, the Joshua Tree National Park, camping reservations and lodging in the area around the park:  enrollment attachments.

 

If you are a member of JTNPA/PINE you will get a $10 discount off every Desert Institute class. If you are not a member you can become one here.

Please take the time to review our General Class Information and Fitness Levels before registering.

 

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