Lichens are fascinating organisms, dramatic in variety, and diverse in color. They grow almost anywhere- in cities and forests, from bogs to the alpine zone. Lichens play a significant role to succession in that they gradually convert rocks and soils to habitats suitable for growth of vascular plants.


Come explore one of the most highly adapted and diverse group of organisms in the Tin Mountain Nature Program the World of Lichens on Saturday, October 30 from 9 AM through 1 PM at the Nature Learning Center in Albany, NH with Dr. Rick Van de Poll. Dr. Rick Van de Poll is adjunct professor for Plymouth University and is the principal of Ecosystem Management Consultants (EMC) of Sandwich, New Hampshire. Since 1988, his company has performed natural resource inventories for the public and private sector of New England. With an emphasis on biodiversity conservation, EMC has conducted land assessments and written management plans for over 150,000 acres for local and state land trusts, state and federal agencies, municipalities, and private individuals..


After a slide presentation, participants will go on a field exploration to search out different varieties of lichens. Bring along a lunch, outdoor attire and a hand lens. Reservations are requested by calling Tin Mountain at 603-447-6991 or emailing


Tin Mountain Conservation Center nature programs are made possible thanks to LL Bean and the Evenor Armington Fund. Community programs are open to the public. Donations of $5 per family and $3 per person are appreciated.


Tin Mountain Conservation Center is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit environmental education program providing hands-on programs in the greater Mount Washington Valley for over thirty years. To learn more about Tin Mountain call 603-447-6991, email or log onto