This course is offered through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Colorado State University. You must be a member of Osher to enroll in this course.
Earth, the Green Planet.
To truly appreciate the beauty and complexity of our home, at whatever scale, we need to know plants - our life-support system. Our focus will be edible (and poisonous) plants of the spring flora of the foothills. However, we will also come to appreciate plants as a feature of the breathtaking patterns of local ecosystems and as a fundamental force in the evolution of the biosphere... and hence of ourselves. We are what we eat. But more importantly, we are what we have eaten - on evolutionary as well as personal timescales.
Our summary session will conclude at Sylvan Dale Ranch with an easy stroll on an unpaved trail along a hillside. We will gather local edibles for a celebration picnic, supplemented by the fruits of earlier harvests.
Readings: Benedict, A. D., 2008. The Naturalist’s Guide to the Southern Rockies. Fulcrum, Golden, CO.
ISBN 13:978-1-55591¬535-3. Harrington, H. D., 1983. Edible Native Plants of the Rocky Mountains. University of New Mexico Press, Albuquerque. ISBN: 0-8263-0343-9. Harrington, H. D., 1957. How to Identify Plants. Swallow Press, Denver. ISBN: 13: 9-78-0804-00149-6. - A CSU classic; still in print (various publishers).
Noncredit courses do not produce academic credit nor appear on a Colorado State University academic transcript.