Goldenrod ID - Field Workshop


Saturday, August 26, 2017 - 10:00am to Sunday, August 27, 2017 - 9:45am




Upper Buttermilk State Park (9:30 at Cooperative Extension, Willow Ave, Ithaca to carpool)


Arieh Tal


The goldenrod species of New York comprise a sizeable proportion of the late-summer and fall herbaceous flora of the state.  All are native; many are showy.  Though some species are common, and considered "weeds", a few are quite rare.  While a few goldenrod species can be difficult to distinguish, most are fairly easy to recognize.  On this field workshop we will identify 12 of the 17 species known to occur in Tompkins County.  We will learn a few conceptual principles that will enable you to identify these species more easily.

Buttermilk State Park in Tompkins County is an ideal place to study goldenrods due to its diversity of habitats.  We will not need to do much hiking, for most of the plants can be found in a relatively small section of the park.  While most of the terrain is fairly level and dry, to reach some of the species we will need to traverse a very steep hill and eventually encounter potentially wet ground conditions.  Sturdy, water-resistant boots are recommended.

Participants must register in advance at  Class size is limited to 8, with a possibility of a second session two weeks later (September 9), if there is sufficient interest.

If carpooling is needed, meet at the Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) office at 9:30 am.