Discover Highlawn Forest Youth Series: Lichens
Join Master Naturalist Lynn Kochiss and guest experts Peter and Barbara Rzasa for an introduction to the wonderful world of lichens. Participants will learn to recognize different lichen forms and structures, their ecology, habitat requirements and ancient and modern uses of lichens.
Lichens have quite a different appearance when viewed under a hand lens where one can observe beautiful pixie cups, disks and coral-like shrubs. Several specimens will be available for viewing through a stereo-microscope. A walk though Highlawn Forest in search of its fascinating lichens will follow the presentation.
All children must be accompanied by an adult for this program. This program is for children ages 10 or older and their families.
Barbara and Peter Rzasa have actively volunteered for several nature based organizations such as the Ansonia Nature Center, the Seymour Land Conservation Trust and CFPA, providing presentations and hikes on the subjects of local history, tree ID, Stinkology (fragrances of field and forest), plant galls, lichens, wildflowers, plant intelligence, forest landscape interpretation and on the natural wonders of Iceland. Their goal is to encourage people, especially children, to look more closely at our natural world and to become more aware of its hidden wonders. In 2015, they were presented the Ellen Carder Memorial Award for their horticultural presentations by the Ferderated Garden Clubs of Connecticut.
Lynn Kochiss is an environmental educator who has been a CFPA volunteer since 2007. She is a certified elementary teacher, a Project Learning Tree Facilitator, and a Goodwin Conservation Center Master Naturalist. Lynn was recognized as a National PLT Outstanding Educator in 2013 for her work in environmental education. Her most recent endeavors for CFPA have focused on programming designed to connect people of all ages to the outdoors.
This free event is sponsored by the Connecticut Forest & Park Association (CFPA).