West Virginia Master Naturalist Class Description
||TREES, SHRUBS, AND WOODY VINES
|| Explore the classification, diversity, ecology, and importance
of woody plants in West Virginia
||Hand lens, field guides, plastic bags, plant press.
||The student will gain a basic understanding of
- some of the more common woody plants.
- what makes woody plants different, and clear up the confusion
over deciduous, evergreen, and coniferous trees.
- how to collect and preserve woody plants.
- the importance of woody plants to humans and wildlife.
- how to approach further study, including helpful references.
West Virginia Master Naturalist Class Outline
|| TREES, SHRUBS, AND WOODY VINES
- Overview of woody plants
- Woody versus herbaceous plants
- Trees versus shrubs, shrubs versus subshrubs
- Evergreen versus deciduous
- Evergreen versus conifer
- Winter dormancy and annual rings
- Importance to wildlife and humans
- Common West Virginia. forest trees
- Black Cherry
- Yellow poplar
- Red spruce
- Some common shrubs
- Witch hazel
- Heath family
- Juneberry or serviceberry
- Some common woody vines
- Poison ivy
- Virginia creeper
- Woody plants useful to humans
- Cordage, basketry, etc.
- Landscaping with native plants
- How to collect and preserve woody plants
- A complete specimen? Or a good description
- Adequate collection data: location, date, collector, habitat
- Pressing and drying
- How to learn more
- West Virginia Native Plant Society and other organizations