Odyssey: Spring Wildflowers and Pollinators: Facts and Fiction

A highlight of the season for nature enthusiasts is the return of our colorful spring wildflowers. This, along with emergence of many showy butterflies, bees, beetles, and other pollinators, signals the start of an extremely vibrant season that changes daily. Take an in-depth look at the ecology of bluebells, trillium, Dutchman's breeches, bloodroot, bumblebees, swallowtails, soldier beetles, and many other creatures. Learn about their unique physical and behavioral adaptations, survival strategies, challenges, and the intriguing relationships among these organisms. The course will include identification tips as well as some of the surprising past uses and beliefs that humans once held about these living things. Two classroom sessions and (in section 02) a walk along the scenic river valley of the Gunpowder Falls will offer plenty of opportunities to explore other signs of the season including bird songs, flowering trees, ferns, and more.

914.573.01 Homewood campus Wednesday, April 6 and 13, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Cost: $64 With field study, Saturday, April 16, 10 a.m. to noon: $96

JHU full-time faculty/staff and spouse/same-sex domestic partners are eligible for tuition remission discounts. Please note that you will unable to register online and receive the discount. Contact 410-516-8516 for more details.