Rhode Island Convention Center - One Sabin Street - Providence, Rhode Island 02903

Botany 2010 Field Trips


Glass Flowers Exhibit at the Harvard Museum of Natural History, Arnold Arboretum, Harvard University Herbaria, Jamaica Plain and Cambridge, Massachusetts

Organized by Sheryl White
The Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University

Lucy Graham
Harvard Museum of Natural History

James Macklin, Ph.D.
Director of Collections and Informatics
Harvard University Herbaria

The Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University is the oldest public arboretum in North America and one of the world's leading centers for the study of plants. The Harvard Museum of Natural History has incomparable collections, most famously the extraordinary glass flower sculptures of Leopold and Rudolph Blaschka. In the cool of the morning, walk the grounds of the Arnold, led by knowledgeable docents. Have a guided tour of the Harvard University Herbaria, led by Director of Collections, James Macklin. Tour the Harvard Natural History Museum in the afternoon. NOTE: The HUH tour is a tour only; those wishing to arrange a research visit to the collections must arrange with the Director of Collections separately and well in advance. Box lunches will be provided for attendees. Wear comfortable shoes for arboretum and city walking.

Blue Hill and Horn Pond Mountain

An AFS Sponsored Trip
Organized by Don Lubin and Ray Abair

Both sites we will visit are located in the deciduous forests of eastern Massachusetts. The Blue Hills are home to around 48 ferns and fern allies. The first site there will showcase Thelypteris simulata (in the area where it was discovered), Woodwardia areolata, perhaps Woodwardia virginica, several Dryopteris hybrids, and quite a few common eastern species. The second site offers Botrychium dissectum and hopefully B. oneidense and B. virginianum, Phegopteris connectilis and P. hexagonoptera, and Deparia acrostichoides. Horn Pond Mountain harbors around 26 pteridophyte taxa and has less acidic soils. We should see Woodsia obtusa and W. ilvensis, Asplenium platyneuron and A. trichomanes, probably Cystopteris tenuis, and possibly Selaginella rupestris.

The Blue Hill section will not involve significant climbing. Horn Pond Mountain is just a hill, but we will have to walk up most of it. Boots would be helpful but not necessary. There will be insects and some poison ivy. Bring a hand lens. Box lunches will be provided.

Marion Eppley Wildlife Refuge, West Kingston, Rhode Island

Organized by Scott Ruhren
Rhode Island Audubon Society

Visit an outstanding example of south coastal white cedar swamp and rhododendron/mountain laurel thickets, with possible side-trip to view oak-holly woodlands. This is a unique opportunity to enjoy a guided tour of this special area with a very knowledgeable botanist. Box lunches will be provided to trip attendees. Bring sturdy shoes, bug repellent, sunscreen, and hat. Moderately strenuous hike.

Garden-in-the-Woods tour, New England Wild Flower Society, Framingham, Massachusetts

Organized by Elizabeth Farnsworth
New England Wild Flower Society

The New England Wild Flower Society owns and operates Garden in the Woods, the largest landscaped collection of wildflowers in the Northeast, as its headquarters and as a public botanic garden. The Garden, located in Framingham, MA, serves as New England's premier showcase of native plants and as a center for botanical and horticultural study and enjoyment. Join us for a tour of the grounds and an introduction to the conservation activities of the Society. Time permitting, we’ll also stop in at New England Bonsai Gardens in Bellingham, MA for a tour and shopping opportunity.

Easy walk around landscaped grounds. Wear hat or sunscreen and comfortable walking shoes.

High Rock Farm Conservation Area, Cumberland, Rhode Island.

Organized by Tom Rawinski (with Francis Underwood and Kathy Barton)
USDA Forest Service

Over 400 species of plants have been recorded in the unusually rich habitats of this important conservation area in Cumberland, with 20 listed species and many others uncommon to southeastern New England. There is something for everyone here, including ferns, lichens, and a wealth of flowering plants.Box lunches will be provided to participants. Moderately strenuous hike. Bring hat, sunscreen, insect repellent, and sturdy hiking shoes.

Kettle hole pond romp and swim, Perryville, Rhode Island

Organized by Hope Leeson, Field Botanist
Rhode Island Natural History Survey

The coastal plain of Southern Rhode Island is pock-marked with kettle ponds, the unmistakeable signatures of glaciers. Ramble over hills and valleys to visit Spectacle, Wash, and other kettle ponds, which harbor an extraordinary diversity of rare shoreline and aquatic plants. The uplands are cloaked in dense thickets of Kalmia angustifolia and Rhododendron maximum (which may be in bloom during your visit), which give the place a truly magical feel. Time permitting, indulge in a swim. Box lunches will be provided for participants. Terrain is varied, but only mildly strenuous. Bring sunscreen, hat, insect repellent, and sturdy walking shoes. Wear bathing suit and bring towel if you want to swim.

Bryophytes and lichens of Myles Standish State Forest

An ABLS Sponsored Trip
Organizer by Scott LaGreca, Berkshire Museum

Elizabeth Kneiper, Farlow Herbarium, Harvard University

An easy, 50-minute journey from Providence, Myles Standish State Forest is home to a broad diversity of coastal plain bryophytes and lichens. It is especially rich in Cladoniaceae (Sam Hammer collected many species here for his
Cladoniaceae Exsiccatae Americanae). We will spend all-day in the field, taking a brief foray into nearby South Carver, MA for lunch. We have the opportunity to stop at other sites on the way to and/or from the State Forest depending on what the group wants to do. This trip is intended mainly for bryologists and lichenologists. Bring sturdy hiking shoes, insect repellent, and a handlens! Collecting permits TBA but bring collecting equipment/bags in case we can.

Goosewing Beach Preserve, Little Compton, and Sin and Flesh Brook, Tiverton, Rhode Island

Organized by Cheryl Wiitala (with Garry Plunkett, Barton Woods)
The Nature Conservancy

Get a taste of the coast and glacially-shaped uplands during this varied trip. In the cool of the morning, we will start at Goosewing Beach, a preserve of The Nature Conservancy, showcasing beach, small dunes and salt pondshores. In the afternoon, we'll travel to Fort Barton woods for a streamside walk where wetlands, vernal pools, and glacial upland soils provide an opportunity to see an interesting array of wild flowers and ferns. The loveliness of this meandering brook belies its curious name, given to it following a bloody encounter between a Quaker minister and a band of Pocasset Indians during the King Philip's War. The stream flows through the eighty-acre maritime hardwood forest of Fort Barton Woods, a site that contains a wealth of history and plant diversity. Box lunches will be provided for participants. The beach walk is easy, but the terrain at Barton Woods is rugged, so moderate stamina is needed. Bring hat, sunscreen, insect repellent, beach shoes you don't mind getting wet, and sturdy hiking shoes for the forest ramble.

Frances A. Crane Wildlife Management Area and Ashumet Holly Wildlife Sanctuary, Falmouth, Massachusetts

Organized by Pamela Polloni (with Donald Schall and Mario DiGregorio)
Botanical Club of Cape Cod and the Islands

Visit pitch pine forests, Atlantic white cedar bogs, and sandplain grasslands at a 1800-acre preserve, and a coastal plain pondshore. The Frances A. Crane Wildlife Management Area also offers a sandplain grassland restoration site managed by Mass Wildlife, and the Mashpee Pine Barrens with included Atlantic White Cedar bogs is within the Mashpee National Wildlife Refuge. This trip will be led by three of the most knowledgeable botanists on Cape Cod.Bring sunscreen, hat, insect repellent, and sturdy shoes. Easy walking. Box lunches will be provided to attendees.

Arcadia Management Area, Exeter, Rhode Island

Organized by Doug McGrady
The Aracdia Management Area is Rhode Island's largest state-owned natural area. It is mostly forested, but has many streams, wetlands, and hilltops to explore. We will take the Ben Utter Trail to Pine Top to view many uncommon ferns plus thousands of rose pogonia, Calopogon tuberosus, and pitch pine communities.Box lunches will be provided for attendees. Moderately strenuous hike. Bring hat, sunscreen, insect repellent, and sturdy shoes.

Narrow River saltmarsh boat trip, Narragansett, Rhode Island

Organized by Charlie Vandemoer
US Fish and Wildlife Service

The Narrow River, also known as the Pettaquamscutt River, is located in southern Rhode Island. It is a narrow tidal inlet that opens into the Atlantic Ocean at Narragansett Beach. The watershed area includes a tidal inlet, a salt marsh, an estuary, and a pond, rich in plants, wading birds, and many animal species. We will take a boat ride in 24-foot skiff through these areas. Talks on native American history, geology, salt marsh management, and bird conservation will enrich our trip. Participants must be comfortable getting into and out of small boats. Wear sunscreen or hat, warm jacket, and sturdy shoes with good traction (for boat).

Science and Economic Empire: European Look at New World Resources in the 17th and 18th Century

Organized by Susan Danforth
Brown University
Assistant Librarian, Library Operations/Curator, Maps and Prints

A short walk to visit to the John Carter Brown Library will highlight original volumes of Mark Catesby’s Natural History and Hans Sloane’s Voyage as well as several maps in the collection that indentify locations of early botanical gardens and land management efforts (i.e. draining mangrove swamps for agriculture). The John Carter Brown Library, founded in 1846, is a center for advanced research in the humanities. Growing collections include primary historical sources pertaining to the Americas, both North and South, before ca. 1825. For over 150 years the library has served scholars from all over the world. Participants will have a chance to view a selection of maps and other primary resources. A view of the collection can be found in Brown University’s online catalogue (http://www.brown.edu/Facilities/John_Carter_Brown_Library/ ).

If there is something in the collection you would particularly like to see please contact Susan Danforth (Susan_Danforth@brown.edu). The tour will take 2 to 2.5 hours depending upon the number of people (limit 15).

Botanical delights of Providence, Rhode Island

Organized in part by Marilyn Massaro, Museum of Natural History
Roger Williams Park Herbarium

Visit the historic Roger Williams Park, the 435-acre crown jewel in Providence’s public park system. Designed by Horace Cleveland in 1878, the Park, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, is 5 miles south of downtown. Its rolling greensward of woods, meadows, gardens, lakes, and stone bridges epitomize the romantic landscapes of 19th century park design. We will visit the herbarium in the Museum of Natural History (1896) to see an antiquarian collection housed in state of the art storage. We will also tour the Park’s new Botanical Center, with its 12,000 square feet of exhibit space, the largest indoor public garden in New England. Return via a trip through historic, tree-lined Blackstone Boulevard, designed and planned by landscape architects Horace Cleveland and the Olmsted Brothers.

Block Island

Organized by Scott Comings
All-day trip via ferry. Visit grasslands, glacial outwash plains, terminal moraine, and habitats of endangered wildflowers such as Liatris scariosa var. novae-angliae and other hypsithermal relicts. Learn about the efforts of The Nature Conservancy and other conservation organizations to restore the island's unique habitats.

Walden Pond Environmental History, Concord, Massachusetts

Organized by Brian Donahue
Associate Professor of American Environmental Studies
Brandeis University

No trip to New England is complete without a visit to the iconic location of Henry David Thoreau’s epiphany year at Walden Pond. Tour the state reservation, including the beanfield and house site and special areas at the back of the Pond – away from the crowds of summer. Professor Brian Donahue, award-winning author of “The Great Meadow” and authority on Thoreau, will lead this trip. Optional time for a swim and picnic lunch following the tour. Box lunches will be provided to trip attendees. Bring sturdy shoes, bug repellent, sunscreen, and hat.

White Mountain National Forest, New Hampshire

Organized by Christopher Mattrick
Botany and Invasive Species Program, White Mountain National Forest

This trip will take you to the rarest habitats of New England, namely the alpine zone of Mount Washington, New England's highest elevation. Visit the Mount Washington summit, alpine garden and "cow pasture", home to many rare alpine plants, with stops along the way to see some other rarities.

Mount Washington is notorious for its unpredictable and sometimes extreme weather, so participants should bring warm and weatherproof clothes and sturdy hiking shoes. Moderately strenuous walks may be anticipated.

Wildlife Management Area, West Kingston RI

Organized by Elizabeth Kneiper

This quintessential swamp should interest bryologists and lichenologists. The 3,349 acres of Great Swamp Management Area includes extensive Red Maple swamps, a White Cedar swamp, and 2 miles of pristine shoreline habitat along Worden Pond. Additionally, 897 acres of the site are forested. Christopher Raithel of the Department of Environmental Management will join us on the walk. Waterproof boots or shoes are essential. Horse flies may be bothersome. Insect repellent is recommended. Lunch, water and snacks will be provided.

Cape Cod National Seashore

Organized by Stephen M. Smith, Ph.D.
National Park Service, Cape Cod National Seashore

Visit the dunes, dune slack wetlands, salt ponds, marsh restoration sites, beech forest, and other fascinating habitats of the outer Cape Cod National Seashore at the very edge of the United States. Learn from knowledgeable plant scientists of the National Park Service about this unique and dramatically beautiful area. Field trip will entail easy but extended walking around sandy open and forested habitats. Wear sunscreen, hat, insect repellent, and sturdy shoes.

A short multimedia presentation showcasing Small's Swamp Trail near Truro!