07/21/14 Potato Creek State Park is looking for volunteers to help develop a comprehensive plant inventory of the Park. Volunteers will be trained in plant identification and how to preserve a voucher specimen. Participants must attend two days of training that will be held on Saturday, August 23rd and Saturday, September 6th at the Potato Creek Nature Center. The training will be all day each day from 9:00 AM until 5:00 PM. Most of the time will be spent in the field learning how to identify plants. Participants will receive field guides, a hand lens and be provided with lunch. This program will be limited to 15 participants and advanced registration is required. After the volunteers are trained, it is hoped they will identify plants throughout the seasons in coming years. To sign up for the training, contact Potato Creek State Park at 574-656-8186. The deadline for registration is August 10, 2014.
This program is part of a statewide effort by the Indiana Academy of Science to inventory the state’s flora and fauna and is being co-sponsored by the Friends of Potato Creek. The training will be provided by Orbis Environmental Consulting Senior Botanist, Scott Namestnik. He has over 15 years experience in conducting floristic inventories and his written work on the flora has appeared in several peer-reviewed journals.
Potato Creek State Park (stateparks.IN.gov/2972.htm) is at 25601 State Road 4, North Liberty, 46554.