Birds by Song - Bird Identification & Ecology
Friday evening - mid-day Tuesday, June 7 - 11, 2019

This is an in-depth course that teaches you to learn and remember the songs, calls and field identification skills of the breeding birds in in America’s Eastern forest heartland, as well as their natural history and ecology. Gaining such skills requires lots of time in the field, patient repetition, good learning aides, and positive reinforcement - attributes that are not often found in casual bird walks with birders, but will be bountifully present in this course. More Information...

 

Birds by Song - Bird Identification & Ecology
Friday evening - mid-day Tuesday, June 7 - 11, 2019

This is an in-depth course that teaches you to learn and remember the songs, calls and field identification skills of the breeding birds in in America’s Eastern forest heartland, as well as their natural history and ecology. Gaining such skills requires lots of time in the field, patient repetition, good learning aides, and positive reinforcement - attributes that are not often found in casual bird walks with birders, but will be bountifully present in this course. More Information...

Firefly Workshop - Field ID and Firefly Ecology

Friday and Saturday evenings, June 14 - 15, 2019

Immerse yourself in Eastern America's most enchanting nature spectacle and learn the illuminating language of fireflies..Two consecutive nights of field trips - with days free to rest and explore the Sanctuary on your own - will teach you the primary species and species complexes that are in courtship during this peak week of firefly activity. In addition to learning to recognize the distinct flash patterns of each species, you will also learn about firefly conservation, ecology, and natural history.  Your world will never be the same! More information...  

 

 

 

Firefly Workshop - Field ID and Firefly Ecology

Friday and Saturday evenings, June 14 - 15, 2019

Immerse yourself in Eastern America's most enchanting nature spectacle and learn the illuminating language of fireflies..Two consecutive nights of field trips - with days free to rest and explore the Sanctuary on your own - will teach you the primary species and species complexes that are in courtship during this peak week of firefly activity. In addition to learning to recognize the distinct flash patterns of each species, you will also learn about firefly conservation, ecology, and natural history.  Your world will never be the same! More information...

 

 

 

The Butterfly Course

Butterflies of the Eastern Prairies and Forests

Thursday thru Saturday, June 27-29, 2019,

Learn field identification of the captivating butterfly species calling the eastern prairies and forests their home. Butterflies are diurnal, large, stunningly beautiful and rich in metaphor. Studying their identification and natural history during this weekend will illustrate the everyday miracles of metamorphosis, cryptic camouflage, color/pattern mimicry, chemical warfare and seduction, gender roles, and inter-species relationships. Led by John Howard. More information...

The Butterfly Course

Field Identification and Natural History, Butterflies of the Eastern Prairies and Forests

Thursday thru Saturday, June 27-29, 2019, Optional Extension Sunday, June 30, 2019

Learn field identification of the captivating butterfly species calling the eastern prairies and forests home. Butterflies are diurnal, large, and to people – stunningly beautiful and rich in metaphor. Studying their identification and natural history during this weekend will illustrate the everyday miracles of metamorphosis, cryptic camouflage, color/pattern mimicry, chemical warfare and seduction, gender roles, and inter-species relationships. This course is led by John Howard, accomplished naturalist, teacher, and lepidoptera enthusiast. More information...

The Tree Course – Level 1 – Certification Available

July 10-14, 2019; Trees of the Great Eastern Forest – Field Recognition

This in-depth course will teach you to recognize the most widely distributed trees in Eastern United States. You will be taught the skills to identify a tree far distances away, up-close with leaves in hand, and by the bark when a tree’s leaves are too high in the canopy to clearly see. Topics of forest ecology, natural history and conservation are embedded in this thoroughly field-oriented curriculum. By course’s end you will be able to identify up to 38 tree species dominating the mid-latitudes of Eastern United States. More information…

 

 

The Tree Course – Level 1 – Mastering the Trees of the Great Eastern Forest

Wed evening thru mid-day Sunday, July 10-14, 2019

This in-depth residential course will teach you to recognize the most wide-spread trees of the Eastern United States. You will be taught the skills to identify a species in the far distance, up-close with leaves in hand, and by the bark when a tree’s leaves are too high in the canopy to clearly see. Topics of forest ecology, natural history and conservation are embedded in this thoroughly field-oriented curriculum with a chance to practice many times over. By course’s end you will be able to identify up to 38 tree species dominating the East-central forests of United States, from mid New York to Georgia. Held at the Highlands Nature Sanctuary. More information…

 

Signature Plants of the Eastern Prairies

Friday Evening thru mid-day Sunday, August 9-11, 2019

Prairies once ruled the central heartland of North America, but prairie islands have long been scattered across the Eastern United States in an uneasy alliance with the forests, enlarging and shrinking in times of drought and high rainfall. Learn the difference between short grass and tall grass prairies, both in species composition and the creative forces that build and maintain them. The Eastern Prairie Islands are botanically rich ecosystems with diverse specie assemblages unique to the East. More information…

 

Plants of the Eastern Prairies

Field Identification and Ecology of Signature Plants of Native Eastern Prairie Islands

Friday Evening thru mid-day Sunday, August 9-11, 2019

Prairies once ruled the central heartland of North America, but prairie islands have long been scattered across the Eastern United States in an uneasy alliance with the forests, enlarging and shrinking in times of drought and high rainfall. The Eastern prairies are botanically rich ecosystems with diverse specie assemblages unique to the East. More information…

 

Nature’s Choir – A Course in Insect Music
August 15-18, 2019

With Musician Lisa Rainsong,  creator of Listening to Insects & Wil Hershberger, Author of Book, CD & Blog: Songs of Insects

Although at first it may seem like you are surrounded by a wall of sound, with instruction your ear will begin to detect individual species making up the orchestra. Each species has its own song – its own pitch, quality and rhythm. Once you learn these songs as .individual species, the days and nights of late summer will never be the same. You will be surrounded by singing friends, grateful for one of the earth’s most magnificent and ancient musical legacies. More Information…

Nature’s Choir – A Course in Insect Music
August 15-18, 2019

With Musician Lisa Rainsong,  creator of Listening to Insects & Wil Hershberger, Author of Book, CD & Blog: Songs of Insects

Although at first it may seem like you are surrounded by a wall of sound, with instruction your ear will begin to detect individual species making up the orchestra. Each species has its own song – its own pitch, quality and rhythm. Once you learn these songs as .individual species, the days and nights of late summer will never be the same. You will be surrounded by singing friends, grateful for one of the earth’s most magnificent and ancient musical legacies. More Information…

ABOUT THE APPALACHIAN FOREST SCHOOL

Sponsored by the Arc of Appalachia Preserve system, The Appalachian Forest School is a collection of in-depth multiple day-long residency courses that present a cross-disciplinary view of the Eastern Forest, its natural and evolutionary history, and its globally significant ecology. Field trips are led to forest destinations where large tracts of forest remain intact, offering glimpses of both the unity and regional expressions of the Eastern Forest as a whole.These field trips combine recreational hiking and exploration with stimulating deep-learning. Each Appalachian Forest School event is led by a large collaboration of prestigious field conservationists who are proficient in their region’s natural history, and representing a diversity of academic specialties. Lodging and food are provided.

ABOUT THE APPALACHIAN FOREST SCHOOL

Sponsored by the Arc of Appalachia Preserve system, The Appalachian Forest School is a collection of in-depth multiple day-long residency courses that present a cross-disciplinary view of the Eastern Forest, its natural and evolutionary history, and its globally significant ecology. Field trips are led to forest destinations where large tracts of forest remain intact, offering glimpses of both the unity and regional expressions of the Eastern Forest as a whole.These field trips combine recreational hiking and exploration with stimulating deep-learning. Each Appalachian Forest School event is led by a large collaboration of prestigious field conservationists who are proficient in their region’s natural history, and representing a diversity of academic specialties. Lodging and food are provided.