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Workshops to explore 'fascinating' realm of moss and lichen

Workshops, October 20 and October 21, are open to everyone and include classroom discussion and fieldwork

Open your eyes to the worlds of moss and lichen during Lakehead University’s next two fall Ontario Master Naturalist Program workshops, running Oct. 20 and 21 at the Orillia campus.

These introductory workshops, conducted by Tristan Knight from Terrastory Environmental Consulting, and Bob Bowles, coordinator of the Ontario Master Naturalist Program, are open to everyone and are designed as special interest sessions for naturalists.

“Mosses and lichen are fascinating, and many people don’t know enough about them” said Bowles. “The combination of classroom discussion and fieldwork will really help naturalists understand how central these organisms are to our ecosystem.”

During Saturday’s 'Magnificent Mosses' workshop, participants will learn about the life cycle of bryophytes in comparison to that of vascular plants, and discuss the ecological requirements of these understudied species. They’ll also touch on incorporating mosses into landscaping. 

In Sunday’s session on 'Lichens and the Land' participants will focus on the species of lichen that grow primarily on trees, rocks, and tombstones.

These workshops will open up a whole new world; afterwards you’ll be noticing and recording your encounters with these species in all types of habitat.

Pre-registration is required. The fee is $79 (plus HST) per workshop.

For program details and to register online, visit here.