Plant ID and Ecological Notes: Kansas City
May
14
to May 16

Plant ID and Ecological Notes: Kansas City

Description: NatureCITE is pleased to offer a one of a kind plant identification and ecology workshop located in the Kansas City Area. This three day workshop will begin with a review of common plant terminology and plant families the first morning. The rest of the workshop will be spent in the field experiencing plant species where they occur. Since each species can tell us something about ecology, ecological dynamics will be discussed at length. In order to provide as holistic of a picture as possible, we will focus on common species, but will include uncommon and rare species where appropriate. This workshop is as much about nature appreciation as it is education, so be prepared to enjoy the experience with an open and curious mind. With the guidance of NatureCITE botanists you will learn about new species and the mind-blowing ecological concepts they illustrate.   

 

We plan to visit several sites no more than 45 minutes from the Kansas City area. This workshop is appropriate for beginner through expert levels. We hope you can join us this Spring!!

Instructors: Jacob Hadle & Justin Thomas

Date: May 14th – 16th (Rain or Shine)

Time: 8:30am to 4:00pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

                        4750 Troost Ave.

                        Kansas City, MO 64110

Registration: $200

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Register now; attendance is limited. Last day to register is May 5th or until filled.  

Email questions to Jacob Hadle at jacob.hadle@naturecite.org.

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Smoky Hills Plant Identification Workshop
May
30
to May 31

Smoky Hills Plant Identification Workshop

Description: Come join NatureCITE botanists for a fun and educational time in the exquisite Smoky Hills of Kansas while we learn to identify some of the more interesting plants that this unique landscape has to offer. This two day workshop will begin with a half day review of common plant terminology and plant families. The remaining time will be spent in the field learning a wide range of plant species in several unique plant communities. In this workshop we will discuss many core plant species as well as difficult plant groups such as grasses, sedges, legumes, and composites. This beautiful landscape will not only take your breath away, but you might be surprised to learn how botanically and ecologically diverse these sandstone mixed-grass prairies truly are. This new workshop in the Smoky Hills welcomes all skill levels; enthusiasts and professionals.

 

Instructor: Jacob Hadle

Date: May 30th & 31th (Rain or Shine)

Location: Midland Railroad Hotel and Restaurant

                        414 26th Street

                        Wilson, KS 67490

 

Registration: $95

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Register now; attendance is limited. Last day to register is May 20th or until filled.  

Email questions to Jacob Hadle at jacob.hadle@naturecite.org.

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Flint Hills Plant Identification and Ecology Workshop
Sep
18
to Sep 20

Flint Hills Plant Identification and Ecology Workshop

Description: Come join NatureCITE botanists for an in-depth introduction to the flora and ecology of the Flint Hills. This three-day workshop will begin with a half day review of common plant terminology and plant families. The rest of the week will be held in the field learning a wide range of plant species in a variety of natural communities with a focus on vegetative characters. We will also discuss current topics in tallgrass prairie management and ecology; some of which may surprise you. This one of a kind workshop will be taught by Jacob Hadle and Justin Thomas who have over 30 years combined botanical experience. Through this workshop you will be able to more easily identify not only the common prairie plants but also difficult groups such as grasses, sedges, legumes, and composites. And we’ll have fun doing it!

 

Instructors: Jacob Hadle & Justin Thomas

Date: September 18th – 20th (Rain or Shine)

Location: TBA [Junction City/Manhattan Area]

Registration: $200

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Register now; attendance is limited. Last day to register is September 8th or until filled.  

Email questions to Jacob Hadle at jacob.hadle@naturecite.org.

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Prairie Reality Tour
Jun
9
9:00 AM09:00

Prairie Reality Tour

  • 23096-23998 Manila Rd Cole Camp, MO, 65325 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

High stability, diversity and quality are the most important characteristic of fully intact, fully functional natural communities and should always be the primary target of ecosystem health. In order to maintain and/or restore prairies, we must understand how prairies work and the consequences of our actions as expressed in the biota. The misapplication of fire, over-reliance on herbicide, improper grazing regimes, over-harvest of local seed, vehicular trampling, etc. can shift a site away from healthful complexity and toward degradation and destabilization. Conversely, events such as moderate to low intensity fires and minimization of disturbance can improve prairie quality, richness and functionality. This tour of prairies is designed to discuss these issues with examples, and to focus attention on the benefits of a holistic community stability approach.  Though some of the topics will be scientifically rigorous, the tour is designed for anyone from prairie enthusiast or volunteer to fully fledged professional. If you wish to understand the ecological underpinnings of prairie systems in clear terms, based on scientific research and astute observation, this is the tour for you. This one day event will consist of travel between several prairies around Sedalia, Missouri.

Led by: Justin Thomas (Science Director, NatureCITE) and Brett Budach (Research Associate, NatureCITE and Field Botanist, Institute of Botanical Training).

Meet at the main Paintbrush Prairie parking lot at 9:00am on Saturday, June 9th. Paintbrush Prairie is located 11 miles/14 minutes south of the intersection of US-50 and US-65 in Sedalia, MO. To get to the main parking lot, take US-65 south out of Sedalia for the 11 miles then exit left (east) onto Manila Road. The main parking lot will be on the south side of Manila Road and have a large MDC sign in front of it. Do not stop at the smaller parking lot on the north side of the road that you pass shortly after exiting. For easy navigation, enter the following coordinates into any maps app or GPS unit: 38.549532, -93.265197. 

this workshop is free, but requires registration. click here to register.

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Prairie Plant Identification and Ecology
Jun
4
to Jun 7

Prairie Plant Identification and Ecology

  • Milford Lake Nature Center (map)
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Come join NatureCITE botanists for an in-depth introduction to the flora and ecology of the Flint Hills. This four-day workshop will begin with a half day review of common plant terminology and plant families. The rest of the week will be held in the field learning a wide range of plant species in a variety of natural communities with a focus on vegetative characters. We will also discuss current topics in tallgrass prairie management and ecology; some of which may surprise you. This one of a kind workshop will be taught by Jacob Hadle and Justin Thomas who have over 30 years combined botanical experience. Through this workshop you will be able to more easily identify not only the common prairie plants but also difficult groups such as grasses, sedges, legumes, and composites. And we’ll have fun doing it!

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(This workshop is full) Lichen Identification Workshop
May
7
to May 9

(This workshop is full) Lichen Identification Workshop

  • Marguerite Bray Conservation Area (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join renowned lichenologist/botanist/ecologist Doug Ladd for this three-day intensive workshop on lichen biology, identification, and ecology. The focus of the workshop will be developing an understanding of lichenology and familiarity with the rich lichen biota of the Ozarks. Each day will involve a combination of field and lab sessions, and participants will gain hands-on experience in all aspects of field lichenology and identification, as well as a comprehensive overview of lichen conservation.  Participants should bring a good hand lens and knife for field collecting.  Use of both compound and stereomicroscopes is required; these will be provided for participants who do not bring one (although you may have to share).  All reagents and field and lab supplies will be provided. No previous lichen training or experience is needed, although basic biology/ecology and field experience is helpful.

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