NatureLab: Workshops 

Would you like to learn more about the natural world around you? Or about the unique features of our Western New York landscape? This summer we are offering three workshops taught by our Naturalist, Erik Danielson, Understanding Wetlands, Advanced Tree ID, and Forest Change and Forest Resilience. These workshops will cover more ground than our typical public walks, and participants will receive instructional materials prior to the workshop. Space is limited to 10 registrants per workshop.


Note: You don't have to attend all three workshops, but can choose a la carte. The cost to attend is $50 per workshop.

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Advanced Tree ID

July 17, 2021
11:00 a.m.-2:00
Margery Gallogly Nature Sanctuary

Sometimes trees are well-behaved, presenting obvious clues that allow us to open up a field guide and identify them with confidence. But not all tree species have read the books we write about them. Some display wild variation in coarse traits like bark texture and form. Others are distinguished from their close relatives by only the subtlest details. Even worse, in some cases those relatives hybridize freely. In this workshop, we’ll take a step beyond the usual Tree ID hike to sort out the complex array of trees growing in the swampy forests of the Margery Gallogly preserve on Grand Island. This is your chance to become a true Maple Master, or at the least a Quercus Questioner. Participants will receive a handout prior to the workshop.