Odyssey: Plantastic! The Fascinating World of Maryland Native Plants

Despite its small size, Maryland harbors an impressive diversity of plant life. Our native trees, wildflowers and ferns have evolved amazing adaptations and behaviors that help them survive in what are often hazardous and competitive environments. Explore a remarkable world where plants can "communicate" when under attack, employ a vast array of chemical weaponry, and reward or deceive animals to enlist their assistance. A field trip along the Gunpowder River in Baltimore County will provide an opportunity to investigate a variety of plant communities and ecosystems, practice your identification skills, and learn how people have used native plants over the years. In collaboration with the Irvine Nature Center and with the Maryland Park Service.

Class sessions: Mondays, Sept. 22 and 29, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Field study: Saturday, Sept. 27, 9 a.m. to noon. Gunpowder River locations; meet-up arrangements TBA. Rain or shine. Cost: $115.

JHU full-time faculty/staff are eligible for 80 percent tuition remission. Spouse/same-sex domestic partners are eligible for 50 percent tuition. You cannot register online and receive the discount.

Call 410-516-8516 for more information or to register.

To check out all the courses offered for the fall semester, visit: http://advanced.jhu.edu/academics/non-credit-programs/odyssey