Herbarium Curator to lead class on wintertime botany Jan. 20

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John Nelson will discuss plant identification, offer hands-on learning opportunities

Calling all nature-lovers! Join us on Friday, January 20, from noon-1:00 p.m. at the South Carolina State Library as we learn about wintertime botany with John Nelson, Curator of the A. C. Moore Herbarium.

Nelson will lead an hour-long presentation on how to identify regional plants during the cold winter months, offering hands-on advice on how to recognize species of trees by their twigs. Nelson will also recommend the best reference materials for aspiring botanists looking to increase their knowledge of the natural world. 

Bringing a hand lens or similar tool with you is encouraged!

The presentation is free, and no registration is required to attend. To find out more information about the event, please contact Public Information Specialist Sean Gruber or visit our events calendar.


WHEN:  Friday, January 20, from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

WHERE: South Carolina State Library, 1500 Senate Street, Columbia, SC

COST:  Free

Presenter Bio:

John Nelson is the Curator of the Herbarium within the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of South Carolina, in Columbia. He was born and raised in Columbia. During his tenure as its curator, the herbarium has more than doubled in terms of accessioned collections. He is an active plant collector within a variety of field projects within South Carolina, and hopes to continue in this capacity, as long as his right knee holds out (the left one got fixed a while ago).