Have you ever wondered what those funny-looking things are that grow on the sides of trees? They’re lichens! Lichens are actually two different organisms – a fungus and either an alga or cyanobacterium – living and functioning together in a symbiotic relationship. Lichens help keep our air clean and healthy, even in the winter! In this second part of our Wild Winter series for kids, we’ll head out into the woods in search of these hardy organisms, learn how to identify them, and gather some data for a national citizen science project. We will also observe mosses, look for winter edibles, and collect other natural materials. Then, we will head indoors and create our own take-home tiny terrariums filled with the treasures found on our adventure!
Saturday at 1 PM – 3:30 PM