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January 26

To really appreciate moss, lichens and liverworts you need good moss habitat, magnification and a real moss scientist – and we have all three! Join bonafide bryologist Phoebe Goit and IslandWood naturalist Christina Doherty for an interactive learning experience that will sharpen your observation skills and teach you how to step through identification of our most common species of bryophytes (non-vascular plants like mosses), lichens, and even a liverwort or two!  Don’t know the difference between a liverwort and a lichen? We’ve got you covered!


We’re so excited to welcome Phoebe Goit, a retired librarian from Kitsap County and a self-taught lichen and moss expert! Phoebe has worked with the Vashon Island Nature Center and IslandWood on our BioBlitzes in the past, and is our region’s ‘go-to’ for identification.


Participants will learn the basics of lichen and moss biology and how to recognize common species in the Pacific Northwest. The class will include time in the lab as well as a guided trail walk to identify moss and discuss their natural history.


Under the microscope, the delicate beauty, intricate structures, and fruiting bodies of mosses and lichens come to life – you don’t want to miss this program!


  • Great for adults and older youth with an interest in bryology (15+ years)
  • Yes, we’ll still have time for a cookie break!


You may choose to purchase your very own high-magnification loupe from us for an additional cost of $5.00/loupe. These are one of the definitive tools in any naturalist’s backpack and we highly recommend them. We will have loupes to lend for the program if you do not wish to purchase your own (or don’t bring your own).


We work to ensure that all reasonable accommodations are in place so that everyone can fully participate and learn during their time on our campus. All indoor spaces and many of our outdoor spaces and field structures were built and are continually maintained to meet ADA code, adhering to WAC 51-50. If you have any questions, please contact us at 206.855.4300.


If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact Christina Doherty at christinad@islandwood.org or 206.855.4384.


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IslandWood 4450 Blakely Avenue NE Bainbridge Island, 98110 United States
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