With spring in the air, Ohio to host botanical symposium

With spring around the corner, naturalists and biologists will hold a botanical symposium March 27 in Columbus on topics ranging from ferns that can poison organisms, including humans, to the importance of urban forests.

The keynote speaker will be Robbin Moran, a curator of ferns at the New York Botanical Garden, who will speak on many species of ferns that occur in Ohio, according to a news release from the Ohio DNR.

Other speakers include ODNR naturalist Jim McCormac, who will discuss goldenrod; author Debra Knapke, who will discuss edible plants and Cynthia Morton of the Carnegie Museum, who will discuss the importance of urban forest diversity.

The 13th Ohio Botanical Symposium will be held at Villa Milano, 1630 Shrock Rd on Columbus' North Side from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event is sponsored by the ODNR, the Cleveland Museum of Natural History and The Nature Conservancy and Ohio State University.

The event comes with a $40 attendance fee and includes a continental breakfast, buffet lunch and refreshments. Registrations will be accepted until March 24, or until the conference is full. For registration details, visit naturepreserves.ohiodnr.gov or contact Rick Gardner at 614-265-6419, according to the news release.

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