What: “Bot Div” will provide an introduction to the plants and macroalgae of New England, including systematics and natural history. The course will focus on the Hadwen Arboretum, which is just a few blocks from the Clark main campus. The Arboretum was donated to Clark by Obadiah Hadwen (1824-1907) and presents a mix of native and exotic plants, including invasive species. Bot Div students will create a series of “plant portraits” that will contribute to a web-based virtual flora of the Hadwen Arboretum. The class will also include joint workshops with Prof. Elli Crocker and students in ARTS 128 “Drawing: Sense of Place”. For Biology students, the workshops will develop observational and rendering skills; for Art students the workshops will raise awareness about plant structure and botanical illustration. Products of the workshops will be included in the web-based virtual flora and a student gallery exhibition.
When: Mon/Thurs 1:25-2:40 and Thurs 2:50-5:50; with additional weekend field trips.
Prerequisites: Introductory Biology 101/103 and 102.
Here are some of the plants that can be found in the Hadwen Arborteum: