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Adult Learning Summer Series: Learn about the Lichens of Minnewaska with John Franklin, Guest Educator

Wednesday, July 24, 2024 09:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Join lichen photographer and Department of Environmental Conservation Steward, John Franklin, for a walk and talk on lichens, the colorful organisms seen growing on trees and rocks throughout the Park Preserve. These amazing and abundant organisms consist of a fungus and an alga or cyanobacteria living together in a symbiotic relationship. Lichens were the pioneer species of life to establish on this rocky, barren landscape after the glaciers receded thousands of years ago. This program will include up to two miles of walking on carriage roads, stopping to discuss lichens along the way. This program is recommended for participants over the age of 16 years old, accompanied by a parent or legal guardian over the age of 18. Please bring binoculars, a hand loupe, or a magnifying glass, if possible, to aid you in close-up observations of the lichens. Meet at the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center. Pre-registration is required by calling the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center at 845-255-0752.

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