Beltline workshop teaches herbarium building

The next installment of the Beltline Arboretum series is bulding an herbarium. CONTRIBUTED

The next installment of the Beltline Arboretum series is bulding an herbarium. CONTRIBUTED

Residents are encouraged to join the next BeltLine Arboretum Workshop: Building an Herbarium 2 to 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 3 at the Trees Atlanta Treehouse, 112 Krog St NE No. 7, Atlanta, according to a press release.

Rebecca Park, who helps maintain the trail, will teach participants how to collect plant samples and press them in a collective field notebook. This class will be collecting winter samples of dried seed heads and tree buds.

Each person will gather at least two specimens, collect botanical data, and write observations to be included in the collective field notebook. Participants should be prepared to be outside for part of the workshop and be willing to walk at an easy pace for up to 1.5 miles.

Projects happen rain or shine. You are encouraged to check the weather beforehand and come prepared. Projects will be cancel if inclement weather such as lightning occurs and is forecasted to persist for the duration of the project. Because the weather is sometimes unpredictable, the decision to cancel is typically made at the project start time. Participants will be contacted via email if the event will be canceled in advance.

What to wear and bring with you:

You must wear long pants and closed-toe shoes.

We highly recommend long-sleeved shirts to protect your skin from poison ivy and sun.

We also recommend sturdy pants from which you can easily remove weed seeds.

Denim, cotton duck, or khaki materials are great. Leggings and athletic wear that is mostly polyester/spandex are not recommended because it may be hard to remove any seeds that cling to them.

All volunteers need closed-toed shoes or boots, clothes that can get dirty, sunscreen and bug spray as needed, snacks as needed (though a meal or snack before the project is recommended), and drinking water in reusable containers. No one-time-use plastic bottles, please.


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