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Local Wildflower Class
May 4, 2016 @ 8:00 am - 9:30 pm$110 - $125
Join ABG for a 4-week long field botany class with Verna Pratt and Dr. Marilyn Barker. Learn about local plants, their identification, and uses. The class meets every Wednesday in May. Registrants can attend either morning (9 am – 12:30pm) or evening (6 pm – 9:30 pm) sessions, not both.
The first class (May 4th) will take place at the BP Energy Center located at 900 E Benson Blvd, Anchorage. The first evening class on May 4th will take place from 5:00-8:30 pm, the rest of the evening classes will be from 6-9:30 pm. The remaining three classes will be out in the field. Class fee does not include field trip transport or optional books and supplies. For more information and to register please call ABG at 907-770-3692 or to register online please click here.
$110 for members and $125 for non members. Spaces are limited to 15 people per class. and pre-registration is required. If you register but need to cancel, there will be a cancellation charge of $20.
About the Teachers:
Verna Pratt’s childhood experiences in New England set the stage for a life of wildflowers, exploration and self-professed “plant addiction”. Verna is a renowned naturalist, respected authority on Alaskan native plants and wildflowers, and author of a number of books, including Field Guide to Alaskan Wildflowers, as well as children’s books. Verna is active in the Alaska Native Plant Society, Alaskan Rock Garden Society, and Alaska Master Gardeners – Anchorage Chapter.
Dr. Marilyn Barker completed her doctorate in Botany from Washington State University, Pullman, with a minor in plant pathology. Her bachelor’s degree in botany is from Miami University in Ohio. She taught botany classes at the University of Alaska Anchorage and at Anchorage Community College. She is well-known for her classes on mosses and lichens, and on spring wildflowers – which she still teaches, with Verna Pratt, in May. Marilyn was a founding member of the Alaska Native Plant Society and continues to lead members on field trips throughout Alaska. She is a member of the Alaska Botanical Garden, the Wildflower Garden Club, the American Bryological and Lichenological Society and has a professional affiliation with the Arctic Institute of North America. Dr. Barker has been involved with numerous vegetation studies, including Prince William Sound’s shoreline and an exotic plant survey for Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park. She coordinated a floristic survey of the Bering Glacier, with results recently published by The Geological Society of America in Bering Glacier: Interdisciplinary studies of Earth’s largest temperate surging Glacier. Very active in the community, Marilyn is on the board of the Anchorage Weavers & Spinners Guild and plays flute in the Anchorage Community Concert Band. She took the Master Gardener course in 2008 and provided more than 40 hours of volunteer service teaching. (She claims to have a dehydrated slime mold that she can rehydrate and move across a table.)