Violets of southwestern Pennsylvania Workshop

Friday, May 6, 2016 • 9:00-4:00 p.m. (please arrive no later than 8:30 a.m.)
Powdermill Nature Reserve • 1847 Route 381 • Rector, Pennsylvania  15677

Instructor: Dr. Harvey Ballard, Department of Environmental & Plant Biology, Ohio University
Cost: $195.00/person. Register here now!
A student rate of $125 is available. Use the form below to contact us for the student code. Register online with the code you receive for the student rate.

This day-long workshop on Pennsylvania violets will begin with an hour of introduction, covering basic violet morphology and a survey of the violet diversity documented for southwestern Pennsylvania. The rest of the day will be devoted to hunting violets and field studies of up to 30 species native or introduced in the region. The field work will emphasize detailed study of traits as well as microhabitat characteristics and natural community associations of each species. You’ll also learn about some of the recent taxonomic challenges we are working to clear up, with some problematic or poorly known species complexes. At the end of the workshop, you will be a regional expert in violets! Bring a hand lens, and a camera if you have one, and be prepared to get up close and personal with some of the prettiest, most interesting and sometimes most perplexing of our spring wildflowers.

Come prepared to be in the classroom and field (rain or shine) and bring your lunch! We will provide water, coffee/tea and a snack.

Use this form to request the student registration code.