Three Non-Credit Botanical Studies Classes Offered at Miami University Regionals
The Conservatory at Miami University Hamilton is excited to announce a new Botanical Studies series. Plants are an important part of our daily lives, from the food we eat to the shade we value in our yards. Plants comprise much of the beauty we see and smell in our lives. Come and learn more about the wonderful resource of plants and how plants improve our lives.
Winter Tree Identification
Learn how to identify more than 20 native trees by their twigs, bark and other characteristics. Discover pioneer, wildlife and commercial uses for each tree while sharing stories of folklore.
Winter tree identification is a fun, challenging and rewarding activity for lifelong learners.
Course meets on Mondays, February 4 – 18 from 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm.
Cost is $12.
Order of Bloom Study
The arrival of spring is heralded each year by striking displays of blooming flowers and budding leaves on trees and shrubs. To the untrained eye, it may seem as though the leaves come out at the same time each year in one big burst, but there are distinct and relatively consistent differences among species in leaf-out dates, and stark variations from year to year in the timing of leaf out.
The study of the timing of leaf out (and other natural annual phenomena) is known as phenology. In this course, we will engage in citizen science and track the leaf out and flower development of 10 different tree species, over the course of 10 weeks.
Course meets on Fridays, March 8 – May 10 from 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm.
Cost is $25.
Basic Botanical Drawing
Flowers and botanical subjects are perfect for journaling, card making, and handmade gifts. Drawing and sketching is a powerful tool to build insight and imagination. In this program, students will learn the techniques necessary to use pen-and-ink and colored pencil to create artistic impressions of the natural world. Engage your artistic side and try your hand at this creative, simple art form.
The artistic focus will be on plants growing in the Conservatory and associated formal garden areas. Students can expect to produce subjects of small art suitable for framing.
Course meets on Sundays, April 7 – April 28 (4 weeks) from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm.
Cost is $100, art supplies not included. Pick up required art supplies pack (under $25) at Art Renaissance in Hamilton. Space is limited, register by March 1.
To register or learn more visit, MiamiOH.edu/Regionals/conservatory/educational-programs.
Miami University Hamilton is located at 1601 University Blvd., Hamilton, OH, 45011.