All alpine plants are not created the same, nor do they all have the same requirements for survival in their harsh environment. Colby-Sawyer professor Laura Alexander will provide an in depth overview of the major alpine plant communities, what differentiates them, and which ones are most fragile. Join Tin Mountain for the final classroom program in the Alpine Ecology series on Thursday, March 29, 6-9pm.

Laura Alexander teaches in the Environmental Studies program at Colby-Sawyer College. Her course offerings include White Mountain History and Alpine Communities, in which students learn to identify alpine flora in the White Mountains and understand plant adaptations to the alpine zone.  Laura holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Studies from Antioch University New England, and her dissertation research examined what place means to people in the North Country of NH.

In her program, Laura will discuss alpine and subalpine plant and plant community identification in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Attention will be given to the special adaptations alpine plants possess that allow them to be successful in the alpine zone.  The focus will be on the Presidential Range, but she will briefly touch upon other alpine areas in the northeast and Adirondacks.

Alpine Plant Communities is the last class in Tin Mountain’s Adult Nature Course series on Alpine Ecology. Individuals do not need to have attended previous sessions to participate. Keep an eye out for the associated alpine field trips to come this spring/summer. Course fee of $15/member and $20/non-member. For information or to register call 447-6991.