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Ethnobotany of Flowers

  • National Wildlife Federation 11100 Wildlife Center Dr. Reston, VA 20190 USA (map)

Class description: Ethnobotany is the study of how people use locally occurring plants, whether for food, medicine, tools, or other uses. Virginia’s flora has a rich history of both real and imagined uses. In this program we'll spend some time learning about the many uses and folklore surrounding our flora as well as their natural history. The focus will be on native plants, but exotic species (and how some were used by people) will also be covered where appropriate. Plant identification, natural history, and animal associations and interactions will also be touched upon, as will the ethics/legality of collecting and the promise/danger of potential medicinal uses.

Instructor, Alonso Abugattas

Instructor, Alonso Abugattas

Instructor: Alonso Abugattas. Alonso is the Natural Resources Manager for Arlington County Parks, a Master Naturalist and Master Gardener (and instructor for both), and has held several offices for the Virginia Native Plant Society, including past president of the Potowmack Chapter. He is also the long-standing Co-Chair for the Beltway Chapter of the National Association for Interpretation, the professional organization for environmental educators, naturalists, historians, docents, and zookeepers, and a co-founder of the Washington Area Butterfly Club. He has over 25 years professional experience as a naturalist, environmental educator and storyteller in the region. He invites you to check out his Facebook Group “Capital Naturalist” or his natural history blog at “” or check him out on Twitter: @capnaturalistor the "Capital Naturalist YouTube Channel.”

Class: National Wildlife Federation, Thurs., April 7th, 6:30-9:30pm

Field Trip:  Riverbend Park, Saturday, April 9th, 10:00am-2:00pm.

Cost: $40 for members; $50 for non-members

Group Size: 25

Later Event: April 8
Occoquan Regional Park