september, 2021

13sep6:30 pm8:00 pmVirtual EventBeyond Tree Identification: Learning the Secrets of Trees With Annie Novak4-part lecture series from Atlas Obscura6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Event Details

In this four-part lecture series, get to know the trees around you—from learning basic botany and tree identification to performing your own fieldwork. $80 for the full lecture series. 

Course Description

With crowns that rustle above us and a universe of roots that sprawl beneath us, trees and woody plants shape much of the world that we occupy. But just how well do we know them? Join Annie Novak for a four-part tree intensive that moves from basic botany to self-led fieldwork. We’ll learn the fundamentals of tree identification and how to practice local phenology by developing observation skills that go beyond leaf identification to a closer look at vegetative characteristics in every season—preparing for your own independent between-session walks that will feed a deeper understanding of who these woody giants are. By the end of this course, you’ll not only be empowered by an introduction to trees’ evolutionary history, plant families, and botanical function as well as how to follow exciting new science such as tree communication, but you’ll also find yourself engaging with tree-filled spaces around you in an enriched way.

Syllabus At A Glance

There are four total sessions included in this purchase, each lasting for 1.5 hours on four consecutive Mondays beginning September 13.

Session 1 (Monday, 9/13, 6:30–8:00 PM ET): What (and How?!) Is a Tree? Botanical terms, evolutionary development, and plant part functions

Session 2 (Monday, 9/20,6:30–8:00 PM ET): Fundamentals of Identification: Plant parts and understanding the growing environment

Session 3 (Monday, 9/27,6:30–8:00 PM ET): Identification Continued: Honing your skills with tree fruits, bark, flowers, and seeds

Session 4 (Monday, 10/04, 6:30–8:00 PM ET): Lifelong Friends: Trees and the world around us

Between Sessions

Outside of class, students will be encouraged to take on optional activities on their own, including an identification practicum, phenological journaling, and a local exploration of trees in the area.

Course Materials

While there are no materials required to take this course, a loupe is recommended. 


Virtual Event Details

Event has already taken place!


(Monday) 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm is supported by its readers and advertisers. If you click on links on this site, the site may earn a commission.