Winter Botany with Farmscape Ecology

The Flying Deer Nature Center presents a Winter Botany series to identify trees and shrubs in the “off” season.  Join ecologists Conrad and Claudia Vispo of the Hawthorne Valley Farmscape Ecology Program, who have led ecology walks throughout Columbia County and taught people how to identify plants in all seasons since 2004.

Winter Botany provides a combination of plant clues that help reveal which species they belong to. These clues include the habitat where the plant is found, its general shape and branching pattern, and its bark and bud characteristics. Some plants even have unique smells that can help with their identification. Finally, the ground may offer remains of leaves and/or fruit and nuts.

This course combines indoor and outdoor instruction to provide participants with a set of tools to improve their skills with winter identification of woody plants, no matter their prior knowledge. Everybody with a curiosity about the natural world can benefit from this course and gain a new appreciation for the patterns discernable in the plants of our wintry woods.

The full course consists of three consecutive sessions that will build on each other. Although the first session has already taken place, there are two remaining sessions.

February 3 from 10:00 am–12:00 pm
February 24 from 10:00 am–12:00 pm

Suggested donation: $50 for all three sessions; $20 for one session
For ages 18 and over

Register early as space is limited. Preference will be given to participants signing up for the entire course. To register, email

122 Daley Rd., East Chatham, NY. Please approach from Route 9 only



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