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West Virginia Master Naturalist Class Description

Title:  TREES, SHRUBS, AND WOODY VINES
Objectives:  Explore the classification, diversity, ecology, and importance of woody plants in West Virginia
Class type: Core curriculum
Time: 4 hours
Optimal season: Summer, fall
Materials: Hand lens, field guides, plastic bags, plant press.
Expected outcomes: The student will gain a basic understanding of
  1. some of the more common woody plants.
  2. what makes woody plants different, and clear up the confusion over deciduous, evergreen, and coniferous trees.
  3. how to collect and preserve woody plants.
  4. the importance of woody plants to humans and wildlife.
  5. how to approach further study, including helpful references.


West Virginia Master Naturalist Class Outline

Title: TREES, SHRUBS, AND WOODY VINES
Time: 4 hours
  1. Overview of woody plants
    1. Woody versus herbaceous plants
    2. Trees versus shrubs, shrubs versus subshrubs
    3. Evergreen versus deciduous
    4. Evergreen versus conifer
    5. Winter dormancy and annual rings
    6. Importance to wildlife and humans
  2. Common West Virginia. forest trees
    1. Oaks
    2. Beech
    3. Hickories
    4. Black Cherry
    5. Maples
    6. Yellow poplar
    7. Red spruce
    8. Pines
  3. Some common shrubs
    1. Dogwoods
    2. Witch hazel
    3. Viburnums
    4. Heath family
    5. Hollies
    6. Hawthorns
    7. Juneberry or serviceberry
  4. Some common woody vines
    1. Grapes
    2. Poison ivy
    3. Virginia creeper
    4. Pipevine
  5. Woody plants useful to humans
    1. Food
    2. Medicine
    3. Cordage, basketry, etc.
    4. Landscaping with native plants
  6. How to collect and preserve woody plants
    1. A complete specimen?  Or a good description
    2. Adequate collection data: location, date, collector, habitat
    3. Pressing and drying
  7. How to learn more
    1. Books
    2. West Virginia Native Plant Society and other organizations

 

 

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