We’ve reached the midway point of the Smoky Mountain Field School’s 2010 season, but there are many more adventures for you to enjoy.

Our July schedule includes Sensational Salamanders (July 17), a popular family course with enthusiastic instructor Liz Domingue. Bring your children and learn why the Smokies are called the Salamander Capital of the World!

You’ll also learn where salamanders live, what they eat, who eats them, and lots more.

Other July courses include:

Edible & Poisonous Fungi of the Smokies (July 10) — Here’s your chance to learn about the many kinds of mushrooms and how to identify them by size, shape, and color. Instructor: S. Coleman McCleneghan.

Intro. to Search & Rescue Management (July 24) — This workshop is an introduction to the management skills involved in conducting land search and rescue operations.

Mosses, Liveworts, and Hornworts of the Smokies (July 31) — Learn about the small plants which form a green blanket over the forest floor—the luxuriant mosses, liverworts, and hornworts. View this miniature plant world with the aid of a hand lens and microscope.

Rare Mountain Bogs of Upper East Tennessee (July 17) — This course will focus on basic wetlands processes (vegetation, soils, and hydrology) using some of the  globally rare, critically imperiled Southern Appalachian Bogs in Shady Valley, Tenn.

View the Smoky Mountain Field School online at www.outreach.utk.edu/smoky.

Darrin Devault, UT Professional & Personal Development

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