The Friends of the Jepson Herbarium recently announced the program for The Jepson Herbarium Workshop’s 2014 series on botanical and ecological subjects. These programs are open to the general public and consist of basic, introductory one- to four-day basic botany workshops and more technical one- to five-day weekend workshops.
The basic botany series includes “Introduction to California Plant Families” and the not-to-miss “Fifty Families in the Field: Introduction to Keying,” an excellent workshop I had the pleasure of taking in 2007 with instructors Linda Beidleman (co-author of Plants of the San Francisco Bay Region: Mendocino to Monterey) and – in the past, but perhaps not this year – the ever-entertaining Richard Beidleman (author of California’s Frontier Naturalists, reviewed with great enthusiasm here). Among this year’s technical weekend workshop series are such select, wonkish offerings as “Macrolichens Around San Francisco Bay,” “Sierra Nevada Wildflower Identification Made Fun,” “Seaweeds of Northern California,” and in a break from the botanical, the new “Camp Cooking for Scientists,” “Ground Beetles of California,” and “California’s Native Bees: Biology, Ecology, and Identification.”
The workshops run throughout the year, but class sizes are limited and waiting lists back up quickly. Sign up soon.