Lichens: part algae, part fungi, all mystery! Did you know that we have more than 400 species of lichens in our region and that many of them can be identified with a little practice and a hand lens? Lichens in our area are diverse in their appearance, in where they grow, and in how they reproduce. The northern Piedmont is a great place to learn lichens because we have a fascinating blend of mountain and coastal plain species. The 900-acre Clifton Institute hosts at least 75 species, including some mature forest specialists like the Shaggy Fringe Lichen.
In this program, lichenologist and mycology teacher at George Mason University Dr. Natalie Howe will teach us the basics of lichen biology and then lead us on a walk around the field station to see how many species we can find. No experience with lichens is necessary.
Cost: $10 ($8 for Friends of the Clifton Institute)
Age: All ages welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Weather policy: Date and time subject to change dependent on weather. Please check your email for updates on the morning of the day before the event.
COVID-19 Information: Proof of vaccination against COVID-19 required. This program will include a brief indoor component (a short presentation on lichen anatomy and biology) where masks will be required. By attending, you are affirming that you are not experiencing nor have experienced in the last two weeks any symptoms associated with COVID-19 (fever, cough, shortness of breath, etc.).
Registration is REQUIRED.
Cancellation policy: If you register and can no longer attend this event, please let us know as soon as possible so that we can open your spot to someone else. No refunds will be given upon registrant cancellation.
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We look forward to seeing you at the Clifton Institute!