“If you study nature in books, when you go out-of-doors you cannot find her.”
~ Louis Agassiz
During this 5-day intensive (June 26 – 30, 2023), you’ll explore what it means to be a tree. We’ll cover the basics of identification (including the ecological reasons behind the differences in the shape of leaves, bark, buds, and fruits), how to measure the height, age, timber value, and history of a tree, adaptations trees have for dealing with the ecological conditions of the northern forests, and the role of parasites, invasive species, land-use history, competition, and mutualisms in shaping what our forests look like today. We’ll also discuss changes in Vermont’s forests since the retreat of the glaciers and what our future forests might look like. For course content, including syllabus, lectures, handouts, resources, and more, visit the participant’s page.