Introduction to Yellowstone’s Plants
July 24 - 26
Yellowstone is home to more than 1,000 plant species from tiny flowers to towering trees. Join this lecture and field-based course and learn basic techniques to identify native flowers, shrubs, trees and lichens. We will begin by discussing the evolution and anatomy of plants then focus on how to easily identify them in the field by determining what plant family they belong to. Students will also learn how dozens of native plants can be used for food, medicine, dye and cordage as well as how animals utilize them to survive. We will also be recording our observations in nature journals. Students will leave this field seminar with a greater understanding and appreciation for the unique flora of Yellowstone National Park.
About the instructor
Elena Ulev is a naturalist guide and environmental educator based out of Missoula, Montana. She has a B.S. degree in Wildlife Biology and has spent the last 23 years working in western Montana as a field biologist and writer for the U.S. Forest Service and as an educator for the Montana Natural History Center and the Lifelong Learning Center. She has seen over 200 species of birds in Montana so far, and her favorite is the short-eared owl. Elena loves sharing her curiosity and enthusiasm about nature with all ages and backgrounds.
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