2021 Classes

All Certificate in Native Plants classes are open to the public.
You do not need to be working toward your Certificate in Native Plants to attend any of these classes.

Discounted admission is available to members of Wild Ones, Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center, and the Tennessee Native Plant Society.


Pollination:
Close Encounters of the Pollinating Kind
September 11, 2021

9:00am – 12:30pm
Online via Zoom
Instructor: Emily Erickson, Ph.D.
ELECTIVE  class for the Certificate in Native Plants
(4 credits)

 

This class will focus on understanding the interactions between native plants and insect pollinators. We will discuss the mechanisms of pollination, including how pollinators choose which plants to visit. You will learn about insect biodiversity in the Eastern US and how to identify some of the common native pollinator species in the region. Additionally, we will discuss why native plants are a critical resource for supporting declining insect biodiversity and how to create a pollinator-friendly habitat in your own community.

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Botany I
Saturday, October 9, 2021

9:00am – 4:30pm
Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center
400 Garden Rd, Chattanooga, TN 37419
Instructors: Richard Clements, PhD & Mary Priestley
CORE Class (6 credits)

This is a core class for the Certificate in Native Plants and offers 6 credits toward the program’s completion. The goal of the class is to provide students with a basic understanding of botany which is critical to understanding how plants work in the natural world.  For example, what exactly is a Plant? Here we take a look at the qualities that plants share with other living things, as well as characteristics that set them apart. We also examine the range of different organisms that make up the plant kingdom. Specific topics include: living vs. non-living things, matter, energy, chemistry, cells and their functions, photosynthesis, respiration, natural and artificial selection, and the diversity of the plant world.

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Botany II
Saturday, November 13, 2021

9:00am – 4:30pm
Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center
400 Garden Rd, Chattanooga, TN 37419
Instructors: Richard Clements, PhD & Mary Priestley
CORE Class (6 credits)

This course is a core course and provides 6 hours toward the completion of the Certificate in Native Plants program.  It is the second Botany course.  Looking together at plant cell types, tissue types, and major vegetative structures provides a background for understanding light and water requirements, soil preparation, composting, etc. We will also explore reproduction by examining some of the strategies and structures that plants use to continue life from generation to generation. Specific topics include: plant cell and tissue types, vegetative and reproductive organs, asexual reproduction, genetics, seeds, flowers, pollination, and fruits.

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Mycorrhizae and Fungi
December 11, 2021

9:00am – 12:30pm

Online via Zoom
Instructor: Rachel Swenie
ELECTIVE  class for the Certificate in Native Plants
(4 credits)

This class is an introduction to basic fungal biology and the roles fungi play in ecosystems, with an emphasis on mycorrhizal plant-fungal symbiosis.  we’ll learn about different types of mycorrhizae, the ways mycorrhizal fungi interface with plant roots, and how mycorrhizal symbiosis benefits plant communities.

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