Field Course: “Wild City Plants”
Dr. Alfred E. Schuyler (Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University)
September 22 to October 22, 2016
1 Thursday (first class) and 5 Saturdays
This field class will take 5 Saturday walks to different sites in Philadelphia, including Logan Sqaure, Penn Treaty Park, FDR Park, and near 30th Street Station. The primary focus will be on plants that grow wild in disturbed habitats and places densely populated by humans. These plants, usually considered as weeds, are found in vacant lots, sidewalk cracks, highway and railroad corridors, lawns, and community gardens and parks. We will identify the plants using field guides and consider the ecological importance of wild plants in habitats disturbed by humans. A course overview and detailed location information will be provided at the first class. All locations are easily accessible by public transportation.
NOTE: The first meeting of this class is a Thursday, September 22nd, from 6:30 to 7:45 PM at the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, 100 North 20th Street, Philadelphia, PA.
The next 5 Saturdays are: September 24, October 1, 8, 15 & 22 and the class meets from 10 AM to 1 PM. Locations will be shared at the first class and in the syllabus.
This course is limited to 25 students.