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Identifying Ferns of Northeastern New England

6 CEHs for Wetland and Soil Scientists, 1.5 CEUs for Surveyors 
5.5 Category 1 CFEs for Foresters pre-approved by the Society of American Foresters
Also approved for 6 NHDES Subsurface Bureau credit hours.

This workshop will teach the skills necessary to positively identify the ferns of northeastern New England. Indoor and outdoor instruction will focus on understanding and recognizing the unique morphology of ferns, basic technical terminology, reproduction, ecology, and identifying species in the field using a fern key. You will examine in detail local specimens, in class and in the field. Highlights include strategies and suggestions for identification within some of the more difficult genera and a thorough discussion of the challenges presented by fern hybridization. This workshop is for all experience levels. Please bring a hand lens and the following text to class: "Fern Finder: A Guide to Native Ferns of Central and Northeastern United States and Eastern Canada" by Hallowell & Hallowell (Nature Study Guild Publishers, 2001, ISBN-10: 0912550244; ISBN-13: 978-0912550244, approx. $5). All other supplies will be provided. 

Instructor Bios


Identifying Ferns of Northeastern New England

  • Leslie Adams

    Leslie Adams

    Leslie Adams, Ph.D., is a plant systematist/ecologist who specializes in ferns, grasses and the floristic diversity of NH forests. She teaches botany, ecology, and environmental sustainability at both the Univ. of Maryland and Lesley Univ., and has taught plant identification through UNH Cooperative Extension since 1997. She has a broad knowledge of the New England flora and conservation biology.

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