Although trees are one of the most conspicuous elements of the landscape, they are sometimes taken for granted. However, for a brief time in October the dramatic, colorful display of deciduous trees captures the attention of all. This course will focus on the ecology of Maryland's trees and forests during their most flamboyant time of the year, when native species such as maples, ashes, oaks, sycamores, and hickories are easier to identify in their fall hues. Forests are dynamic ecosystems providing many benefits, including wildlife habitat, erosion control, and carbon sequestration. Learn how to "read" and interpret the forest community, its history and its health. An optional field experience along the Gunpowder River provides an opportunity to explore forest ecology.
914.570.01 Homewood Campus Lectures: Thursdays, Oct. 15 and 22, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Cost: $62
914.570.02 Homewood Campus Lectures: Thursdays, Oct. 15 and 22, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. with field study: Saturday, Oct. 24, 10 a.m. to noon. Along the Gunpowder River in Baltimore County. Rain or shine Cost: $93
JHU full-time faculty/staff are eligible for 80 percent tuition remission. Please contact 410-516-8516 to register or for more information.