Nature Walks – Flora and Fauna
4 sessions, 12 hours
If you think you would enjoy knowing the names and stories behind some of our common flora and fauna, you’ll enjoy Nature Walks. In this field-based course, you will learn to identify common plants and flowers using our senses, discuss families of flora and fauna based on similar characteristics, and identify local birds and other animal life by appearance and song. We will discuss complex relationships between the organisms and the environment and hear fun facts and folklore as well as modern medicinal and culinary uses. For the first class, we will take a nature walk around campus and then meet off-campus three times at: the Audrey Carroll Audobon Sanctuary in Mt. Airy, the Catoctin Mountains and the Frederick Watershed. Wear proper shoes and dress for the weather, please. All walks are considered easy with frequent stops to discuss what we see and hear. Students must provide their own transportation to the trail sites, but carpools from FCC are easily arranged. Field guides, binoculars, and a 10X loupe are helpful and enhance instruction but are not necessary. Bring water and a snack or light lunch for our trail break.
Instructor: Bethany Dellagnello has a bachelor’s degree in zoology and has been a Frederick County Public School science teacher for 23 years, teaching both life and physical sciences in both middle and high school. She has been certified as a Master Gardener and also has a small business, creating and selling her one-of-a-kind jewelry.
ILR442 Nature Walks – Flora and Fauna
4-Digit Number: 5759
Wednesdays, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., 9/13/17 – 10/4/17
Location: Student Center – (H Building) /H202