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Ecology of the Blue Ridge

BLENDED | Six Asynchronous Sessions Opening Friday, September 15 (Through Friday, December 15) & Two ONLINE Discussion Sessions: Wednesdays, October 4 & 25, 6 - 7 p.m.

Instructor: Dan Lazar

$145 Non-member Adult**

(**Arboretum Members receive a 10% discount on all classes.)

Course Capacity: 30

BRN Core | BREG Core


Discover why the Southern Appalachians are home to more tree species than all of Europe. Learn how ants and whitetail deer determine where trilliums grow. Naturalist Dan Lazar leads this engaging in-person lecture and discussion-based class onsite at the Arboretum. Each session takes the class outside to gain an applied understanding in place of the amazing natural ecosystems of Western North Carolina, from riverside amphibian breeding ponds to mountaintop Spruce-Fir forests. Participants also have access to the asynchronous section for review or in case of absence. Includes rich course materials. Participants can register separately for a Field to Forest Succession Walk at the Arboretum and a field experience at the conclusion of the class.

Dan Lazar served for many years as the director of education at the Western North Carolina Nature Center, followed by several years as executive director of the Colburn Earth Science Museum. Dan has a degree in forest biology from the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry and has been an instructor in the Blue Ridge Naturalist program since 2005.

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