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Aquatic Diversity Workshop, 2012 by Beverly James
In 2012, we developed the Floracliff Field Studies Workshop Series to highlight biodiversity in the region and give people unique hands-on field experiences in Central Kentucky. Workshop topics have covered mushrooms, aquatic diversity, ferns, herpetology, insects and spiders, geology, spring flora, and more. Workshop participants gain experience in species identification, biological surveys and collection techniques, and field observations. Indoor activities cover natural history, ecology, life cycles, species behavior, paleontology, and more.

While the workshops are open to anyone, we think they will be of particular interest to naturalists, biology students, science educators, and land managers as well as those with a strong passion for the subject. Workshop fees covers instruction and a book or other resource for everyone who attends. Please inquire about scholarships by sending an email to info@floracliff.org

To register: 

Please fill out the registration form below and mail to the listed address with the payment. Early registration is encouraged. Workshops are limited to 15 participants unless otherwise noted.

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2018 Workshop Schedule:


Lichens of Kentucky

March 9th and 10th (9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday)
Instructor: Dr. Allen Risk (Morehead State University)

Cost: $60


**This workshop has filled up. To be added to the waiting list, please email info@floracliff.org**


Lichens are fascinating complex organisms consisting of fungi along with green algae and/or cyanobacteria. On the first day (at Floracliff) of this two day workshop, participants will learn the basic morphological features of lichens and how to identify them using keys written by the instructor. On the second day, we will meet at an eastern Kentucky location to study lichens in the field. Please bring have a hand lens to assist with viewing lichen features in the field. This workshop is limited to 12 participants.


Allen C. Risk is a Professor of Biology at Morehead State University in Morehead, Kentucky. He is fascinated by all plants, but is particularly fond of mosses and lichens. He has collected, identified, and studied bryophytes from Maine to Florida throughout much of the eastern U. S. He also pursues dendrochronological research and enjoys tree climbing.


More workshops coming soon!



Stay tuned for other workshops to be scheduled in 2018.

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