ICL: SPRING WILDFLOWER RAMBLES, 8 sessions, Monday, April 1 – May 20, 3:15 pm – 6:00 pm
SPRING WILDFLOWER RAMBLES by Elaine Delcuze
The focus of this course is on the native spring flora of the Appalachian Southern Blue Ridge – their identity, natural history, habitat, state of health and development. Over 5,000 species of flowering plants, 400 species of mosses and ferns and 150 species of trees have been identified throughout the area. A series of seven field trips of moderate length and difficulty will be taken to the natural environments in which they occur; transportation is the responsibility of the participants. Due to the nature of botanical rambles and travel, classes may extend beyond the specified class time. The first class will assemble in the ICL class room. Come prepared with a field guide, hand lens (if you own one) and notepad to welcome another Appalachian spring.
Elaine Delcuze has been a naturalist with Georgia State Parks and a field trip guide with the Georgia Conservancy, Botanical Society and Ornithological Society. She has been involved in the wildflower survey of the Chattahoochee National Forest and has contributed to the Conservancy’s “Guide to the North Georgia Mountains“. She is a member of the Preservation Board of the Georgia Mountains Research & Education Center and has done programs and news articles for the Native Plant Preservation Committee.