Join Phinizy Center Education staff and invited field trip leaders as we offer Forest Communities: Winter Dendrology Course to explore tree identification in winter. This 6-week field trip series will run weekly on Fridays starting January 12,2018 from 9am to 3pm which includes a short lunch break. Each class will consist of field lecture time, field study, discussion, and home-reading suggestions. Registration fees include all class materials and you will become a Friend of Phinizy (see website for Friends of Phinizy benefits).

The course will introduce participants to the fascinating world of Eastern Forest Communities while enhancing skills needed for winter field identification. We will visit some of the many great forest communities in the CSRA. Participants will gain a better appreciation for our irreplaceable habitats as we explore basic plant morphology, nomenclature, community types, and much more. Participants will be required to meet at the different forest locations each week; carpooling will be encouraged.

Six Week Program

Friday 9:00am – 3:00pm

January 12 – February 16, 2018

Space is limited – register today!

What is Dendrology?

Dendrology is a branch of botany that focuses on the identification and taxonomy of woody plants, including trees, shrubs, and vines. Our Forest Communities course extends this information to include geographic location and habitat type.

Natural Forest Habitats such as:

  • Bottomland Hardwood Forest
  • Cypress/Tupelo Swamp Forest
  • Mixed Hardwood Forest
  • Riverine Forest
  • Deciduous Forest
  • Oak-Hickory Forest

Winter Tree Identification includes:

  • Geographic Location
  • Tree Structure
  • Twig shape
  • Bud size, placement, and shape
  • Leaf scars
  • Pith structure
  • Tree Bark