2023 Fall

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Late Summer Wildflower Identification

Instructor: Harry Vayo

Tuesday Lecture 9/19 & Thursday Field Trip 9/21 • Rain date 9/22 • 9:30 AM-12:00 PM

Class size 5-12 students
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Location: Klahr 103 & 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 below) to make identifications. During the field event we will practice identifying various wildflowers and learn about their roles in the ecosystem and in human culture.

Materials: 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 for the field event.

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.