Come learn about our local environment!
The Hidden Garden:
The Significance of Algal
Diversity in Aquatic Systems
This monthly free workshop series will cover diverse topics geared towards learning about our local environment and what we can all do to become good stewards of our communities. Workshops will be led by experts and are free to members of the community. Participants can sign up for individual sessions or the whole series.
During this workshop attendees will learn about basic algal biology and have the opportunity to peel back the curtain on the “hidden garden” that exists in the microscopic world of our aquatic systems. Attendees will leave with an appreciation for the fantastic diversity that exists at this microscopic world of algae and an overwhelming understanding of just why this diversity is essential for the healthy functioning of aquatic ecosystems and in the prevention of noxious harmful algal blooms. This workshop will begin with a lecture and discussion session, followed by a hands-on opportunity to explore the diverse microscopic world of algae using microscopes. No background in microscopy required.
Workshop leader: Jillian Decker, Associate Professor of Biology, Rockland Community College.