The PAC Herbarium offers workshops throughout the academic year. Workshops are open to all Penn State faculty, staff and the interested public. Registration is required and space is limited to the first 15 participants to register. All workshops are held from 6-8 pm in PAC Herbarium (10 Whitmore Building).
To register, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and indicate the workshop you’re interested in. I’ll send you a confirmation and a reminder a few days before the workshop. All materials will be provided and refreshments served!
Please join us for one of our upcoming workshops for the Fall 2018 Semester:
Monday, September 17: Getting to know the Goldenrods – Fall is goldenrod season and the perfect time to learn this group of native Pennsylvania pollinator plants! In this workshop, we’ll learn the morphology of goldenrod flowers and the characters used to tell them apart. We’ll use fresh plants and herbarium specimens to practice keying and turn you into a goldenrod geek!
Thursday, October 11: Shady Invaders! – In this workshop we’ll learn about non-native, invasive shrubs in Pennsylvania and how to identify them. Erynn Maynard, a PhD student in the Ecology program at Penn State will tell us about her research into these unscrupulous aliens and how their introduction and spread effects the entire forest ecosystem. The presentation will be followed by a look at native shrubs that can provide a great alternative in your garden and beyond.
Thursday, November 8: Grasses of the Mid-Atlantic – Come learn about this difficult to identify plant group! This workshop will cover the morphology of grasses and the technical terms and characteristics needed to key them using the newly published Field Guide to Grasses of the Mid-Atlantic. Collected and herbarium specimens will be used. Books will be available for use in class as well as for purchase after the workshop ($20 cash or check).
Wednesday, December 5th: Evergreen trees of Pennsylvania – the holiday season is the perfect time to talk about conifers! We’ll learn how to distinguish the pines, spruces, furs, and cedars of Pennsylvania, in addition to some trees you may not know occur in the Commonwealth. We’ll also learn about the research of MS candidate Gabi Rossetto who studies tropical conifers. Afterward, we’ll enjoy holiday cookies and cider.