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Workshop Focuses on New Mexico Trees and Shrubs

on September 16, 2012 - 6:15am

PEEC News:

A very special opportunity to work with Jack Carter in the classroom and field...

The public is invited to attend a workshop conducted by Jack Carter on New Mexico trees and shrubs from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 22.
 
Only 15 spaces remain open for the workshop to be held at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center, 3540 Orange St.
 
First, participants will key plants together in a classroom setting to get some real practice using the book.
 
Carter's aim is to have participants become comfortable and confident in plant identification.

In the field portion of the class, rather than Carter walking around naming plants by scientific names, common names and families - participants get several hours of actually working in the field with unknown plants and the book.
 
More importantly, they can discuss variation in species and share information with each other, to realize that they do not need a professor.

This is what Carter calls the "Charles Darwin approach to learning" by observing variation in plants.
 
"Once we start to see differences among plants, we realize these differences are all around us," he said.
 
The fee to attend the workshop is $50 or $42 for PEEC members, which includes a copy of the book. For those who already own the book, the cost is $25 or $20 for PEEC members.

For more information, call PEEC at (505) 662-0460.

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