Reading the Landscape – A Biodiversity University Course

June 3-4, 2023, 9 am – 5 pm

Join me and Alicia Daniel, Executive Director the Vermont Master Naturalist Program, in a Biodiversity University course on Reading the Landscape of the Champlain Valley.  The two-day course will provide you with a framework for an integrative approach to reading the landscape, including the bedrock, soils, plants, animals, and human land use history, and how they all interact.

Waterfall that once powered a cider mill in Richmond

I will lead a 3-hour session in Richmond on June 4 looking at the cultural landscape patterns and how they have interacted with the natural landscape through time. Alicia will do site visits that include the world-famous thrust fault in Burlington, a pitch pine forest in Colchester, and/or Raven Ridge in Monkton.

Local stone shaped into a grindstone that was used to grind hemlock bark at a 19th-century water-powered tannery in Richmond

This course is offered through the North Branch Nature Center for $285 (financial support available).  For those interested, this course qualifies for 20 hours of professional development hours and continuing education credits.

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