Introduction to Mosses & Relatives

Date: Saturday, February 17, 2018

Time: 10:00AM - 12:30PM

Instructor: Amanda Heinrich

Location: Arroyo Room & Garden Grounds

Spaces still available.  Please register at the door.

Learn to recognize mosses, liverworts and hornworts (bryophytes) in this introductory class. A slideshow featuring close-ups of some of our local species will be followed by a walk and a lab to reveal the defining characters of these beautiful, diminutive plants. This class is geared toward beginners and no previous experience with bryophytes or microscopes is necessary.


Amanda Heinrich holds a BA in Biology and PhD in Molecular and Cellular Biology but didn't discover bryophytes (and lichens) until after her formal training, about 10 years ago. She has since studied bryophytes through courses at Eagle Hill Institute, the New England Wildflower Society, White Creek Field School, and the Jepson Herbarium, in addition to a botany internship focused on lichens and bryophytes with the USFS in the Umpqua National Forest, the annual So Be Free West Coast Moss Forays, and working with Dr. Paul Wilson, Biologist and Bryologist at CSUN. She is currently the local representative of the Bryophyte Chapter of the California Native Plant Society and is working on collecting and identifying the bryophytes of mainland Santa Barbara County.

Botany/Natural History