June 9, 2020 @ 7:30 pm – June 23, 2020 @ 9:00 pm
Ages: 15+

Ever feel like you want to dive into nature more, but it’s just a big “wall of green”? Ever find your field guides overwhelming? Wish there was a mentor, sage or teacher around to make it easy? Come to these classes to allow a mentor to walk alongside you and make the forest less intimidating!

We all want to feel at home in nature, and a huge part of feeling at home means knowing your housemates! These identification classes are not rote memorization of common species. In each class, we’ll demystify identification, empowering you with basic tools, pattern recognition and techniques to go out immediately on your own. By fostering curiosity and observation in conjunction with the right tools (such as field guides or apps), you can suddenly become empowered to know not just your housemates’ names, but their beauties, intricacies, gifts and quirks.

The instructors of this class are based in central Virginia, but the species covered are generalists to most of the east coast and even into the midwest. Come learn the basics and then go out and play!

“After the online LES flower identification class, I went for a hike and was immediately able to start identifying flowers with my Newcombs field guide even though I had no previous experience in this regard. That class really helped fill in one more piece of puzzle in my nature connection journey. I was pleasantly surprised at how incredibly effective the online class format was.”

Sign up for one, two or all:

Basics of Wildflower and Plant ID – June 9, 7:30-9pm

Basics of Tree ID – June 16, 7:30-9pm

Basics of Bird ID – June 23, 7:30-9pm

Can’t make the class but want the info? Register anyway—all registrants will receive access to video/audio of the class, plus handouts of the info so that you can keep the learning going after class!

Your Instructor:

Erin (Soupy) Campbell plus potential guests.

Details & Registration – “What’s That?”

  • Tuesday evenings–sign up for one, two or all three:

    Basics of Wildflower and Plant ID – June 9
    • Basics of Tree ID – June 16
    • Basics of Bird ID – June 23

    (registration closes 1 day before program date)

  • 7:30 – 9:00pm
  • This series is geared for adults and motivated teens, however any age can attend if an adult or teen is present. Bring the whole family!
  • Online

    Anyone officially registered will be the “primary participant.” These are students who instructors will direct questions to, ask for stories from, and generally attend to. If multiple family members are registered and are sharing the same device, they will still each get individual attention. Note that if there are breakout groups, family members on the same device will have to go in the same breakout group. Others in the house (parents, other siblings) are welcome to sit in on the call if they can be focused, un-distracting, and not expecting to participate in discussions.”

  • $14 per session
  • Participants will need:
    A computer or phone that supports zoom

    Be dressed to go outside on a short mission. A small suburban yard or local park will work just fine!

    We will cover some online and app resources, plus you are welcome to bring whatever paper field guides you have at home, however even no guide is fine. These are the ones we recommend should you want to order one in advance: Newcomb’s Wildflower Guide; Peterson’s Guide to Eastern Trees; Sibley’s or Peterson’s East Coast Bird Guide; Bark by Michael Wojtech.

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