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Monday, March 4
at noon. 

Wildflower Identification

Instructor: Harry Vayo

• 1 Tuesday Lecture: 5/28 from 9:30 AM-12:00 PM
• 3 Thursday Field Events: 5/30, 7/11, and 9/5 at 9:30 AM
• Field event rain dates are the next day (Friday)

Class size 5-15 students
15 seats remaining
Location: Randall 250 & Field Trips

Students will learn how to identify and recognize common wildflowers of central Maine. During the lecture we will review the parts of the flower and their functions, learn how leaves and other features can aid in identification, and become acquainted with several of the important flowering plant families. Students will learn how to use a field guide (see materials, below) to make identifications. During the field events we will practice identifying various wildflowers across three seasons and learn about their roles in the ecosystem and in human culture.

Please note: A $10.00 per person user fee will be collected for use of the Arboretum on each of the 3 field trips ($30 total).
Students should purchase Wildflowers of New England by Ted Elliman and the New England Wildflower Society (Timber Press Field Guide, 2016), available through Amazon.
A magnifying lens would be helpful for examining flowers but is not required. Wear comfortable walking shoes and sun protection for the field events.

Harry Vayo is a lifelong wildflower enthusiast who has identified nearly 500 species in the field. He earned a BA in Biology from Indiana University (1977) and an MS in Botany from the University of Wisconsin (1981). He spent most of his working life teaching high school biology and chemistry in Maine. Since retirement, Harry graduated from the Maine Master Naturalist Program (2020) and has led nature walks at Quarry Road and Saint Joseph’s Nature Sanctuary in the Waterville-Winslow area.