The TN Naturalists@Ijams class of 2017 held five hours of outdoor workshops in late August. The first focused on invertebrates, primarily arthropods: insects, spiders and their ilk.
The class managed to catch examples from all eight of the common insect orders, plus ones from the biological classes of Arachnids (spiders and harvestmen), Diplopoda (millipedes), Chilopoda (centipedes) and land-based Crustacean, i.e. Isopods or roly-polies.
Ijams gives adults permission to be 10-year-olds playing in the creek again. Ijams naturalists Christie and Stephen Lyn hosted the workshops.
TN Naturalists@Ijams is a series of 12 classes taught from March to November. Next up for the group will be fungi in September.
For information about the class of 2018 call Lauren, 577-4717, ext. 135.
- All photos by class member and commercial photographer Kristy Keel-Blackmon