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New England Plant Communities


The diversity of plant communities in New England is truly astounding, including multiple forest types, freshwater wetlands, coastal dunes, grasslands, heathlands, tidal marshes, and montane communities. Understanding the dominant canopy species, indicator species, and range helps us to interpret our own landscape‚Äôs ecological identity. Lectures cover effects of soils, topography, moisture, geological conditions, and glaciation. Field trips to study the composition and structure of some distinctive plant communities complement the lectures. Extensive handouts included.


Wednesdays, June 18, 2014, 6:00 p.m.-8 p.m., June 25, 5:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m., July 2, 5:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m., July 9, 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m., July 16, 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.

Location: Garden in the Woods, Framingham, MA and field sites
Course Code: bot4000
Instructor: Pat Swain, Community Ecologist, MA Natural Heritage Endangered Species Program
Fee: $227 (Member) / $267 (Nonmember)
Limit: 16   Credit: Core-FB/Adv. HD; Elective-all certificates
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