Old Growth Forest Plant Identification & Ecology with Misha VanEaton
In this class, students will spend the day walking through an old growth forest in Oswald West State Park. They will learn about common plants in Douglas-Fir old growth forests such as sword fern, western hemlock, and inside-out flower, their unique characteristics, and how to identify them. The class will focus on the characteristics and ecology of an old growth forest as compared to newer forests and include a discussion of where and why old growth forests grow considering human effects such as logging and activism.
This workshop is open to all adults 16yrs & over, who are prepared to hike all morning (rain or shine) on an uneven trail. This is not a suitable workshop for those with health conditions that may be triggered by hiking, carrying a backpack, or being outside for 5+ hours in variable weather conditions. Please note this class will include up to 4 miles of hiking on dirt trails. Please leave dogs at home. No previous experience necessary.