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Moss Walk

with Tom Phillips and Mary Greagan
Saturday, June 29, 10am - 12pm

Poestenkill Community Forest

Averill Park, NY 12018

Pre-registration is required - space is limited, so register early.

To register, click on the link below.

$10 suggested donation; any amount is welcome.

Sorry, this event is sold out!

About this outing

You are invited to join Tom Phillips and Mary Greagan for an introductory class on Bryophytes, mosses and liverworts, common to Rensselaer County. We will learn to identify a few common mosses and liverworts and learn about their ecology, their role in our ecosystem, their growth and development, and hopefully learn to appreciate their beauty and importance to our environment.

What to expect & what to bring 

We will be walking at “moss” pace (slowly). Since we may visit the edges of a few wetlands, sturdy water-resistant shoes that may get a bit damp are recommended. (Another footwear option could be old sneakers you don’t mind getting wet.) Please bring water and a snack and wear weather-appropriate layers. Please bring a magnifying loupe if you have one, but if not, we will have plenty to share.

About the outing leaders

Tom Phillips, a member of the RPA Board of Directors and a retired veterinarian, has had a lifelong interest in botany. For over 25 years, he has pursued an interest in nonflowering plants, particularly bryophytes. He has participated in numerous bryophyte surveys in eastern North America, including surveys in Quebec, Newfoundland, Mammoth Caves National Park, the Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains, the Adirondacks, the Appalachian Mountains, the White Mountains, and most of the New England states. He has published 3 bryophyte-related journal articles. He is currently involved in a project to list the mosses in each county in New York, a second project surveying the bryophytes and lichens of the South Taconic Peaks, and lastly he has been involved in a bryophyte survey of Apalachicola National Forest on the Florida panhandle.

Mary Greagan is an avid outdoor enthusiast who grew up loving nature. A Bethlehem resident growing up, Mary earned her associates in fisheries and Wildlife Technology and bachelors in Wildlife Management from SUNY Cobleskill before going on to earn her masters in Biodiversity, Conservation, and Policy from SUNY Albany. Mary specializes in environmental education and invasive species analysis, and is also a wildlife artist and a wildland firefighter.


If you have questions about this event, please contact Dan at dan@rensselaerplateau.orgPlease note that registration for this event will close on Friday, June 28 at 3pm, or sooner if the participant cap is reached.

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