2019 CNP Classes

Sustainable Landscape Management
Instructor: Lyn Rutherford
Saturday, January 12, 2019
9 am – 12 pm EST
Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center
ELECTIVE Class (4 credits)

How can we make gardening more “green”? How do native plants fit into a broader land ethic? Sustainable landscaping means many different things to different people. A fairly useful and comprehensive definition might be: “environmentally conscientious gardening and landscaping that endeavors to conserve or restore natural resources, habitat, human communities, and ecosystem health”

Students will learn about a number of programs and organizations working to make the field of landscaping more sustainable. We will discuss things that homeowners and professionals can do to have a mutually beneficial relationship with the lands we manage. This class will mostly concentrate on small-scale residential landscapes, but many concepts will be applicable to rural and wildlands management.

Topics we will discuss include: reducing pollutants in your environment, protecting natural resources like water, soil, and air, creating habitat with native plants and conscientious management practices, managing exotic invasives, connecting people and social needs with nature, action you can take in your community, and, of course, reducing, reusing, and recycling!


Biology of Liverworts, Mosses and Ferns
Instructor: Charlotte Freeman
Saturday, February 9, 2019
9:00am – 12:00pm
Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center
ELECTIVE Class (4 credits)
Back in the days of ol’, biologists grouped plants into higher and lower plant groups.  That is obsolete now but we do have plants that reproduce by seeds and plants which never make seeds.  Most of the plants we put in native gardens are seed producers, but we should not neglect these beautiful non-seed producers.  Biodiversity is increased when we have both growing!We will expand your understanding of botany with this course that examines the life cycles of non-seed bearing plants.  Liverworts, mosses, ferns and other allies such as lycopodium and horsetails are included in these plants that typically require moist, shady conditions to thrive.   This will be a classroom study with specimens in pots and/or terraria for you to examine as well as some microscopic views of the spores, sporangia, etc.  Information will be presented at the beginner level and we will compare the non-seed cycles with the seed bearing cycles.  You will understand why these plants are more dependent on moist conditions than some of the seed bearing plants.



Spring Wildflower Hike
Instructor: Jon Evans, PhD
Saturday, April 13, 2019
9:00am – 12:00pm CST
Shakerag Hollow Trail
Sewanee TN

This course will explore the rich spring flora of Shakerag Rag Hollow, an old-growth cove forest located on the campus of the University of the South in Sewanee, TN.  Participants will be taught how to identify over 30 species of wildflowers and learn about the ecology of this highly diverse forest community.  The wildflower display in Shakerag Hollow rivals that found in the Great Smoky Mountains and this course will occur during peak flowering time.

Participants will be required to make a ½ mile leisurely trek along a moderately steep trail into the cove and then back out again.  PLEASE NOTE: People with mobility and balance issues have found this hike too challenging. Hiking shoes and rain gear will be needed.  We will meet at the Shakerag Hollow trailhead on the University of the South campus.