Learning to Speak Lichen: Lichen Walk n’ Talk About Air Quality & Climate

August 22, 2020 - 9:30am to 11:00am

Join us to learn about your lichen neighbours, and how to translate what they’re telling us about our urban environment. Not sure what a lichen is? Come and find out! We’ll introduce you to a few of your common (and uncommon) lichen neighbours, and discuss why we think listening to urban lichens is important.

About the Presenter

We are pleased to welcome Dr. Diane Haughland to lead this event (Lichenologist, Royal Alberta Museum, Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute and Adjunct Professor, University of Alberta, Department of Renewable Resources).

Diane is an ecologist and lichen taxonomist that has studied Alberta’s lichens for over a decade. She teaches a course on lichen identification and ecology at the University of Alberta.



This walk is tentatively scheduled for a river valley park such as Hawrelak or Whitemud. Registered participants will be emailed with exact meeting location closer to the event.

COVID Considerations

Registration will be limited to 10 individual participants, or up to 10 cohorts. If you are registering with a family cohort, please let us know that in the comments so that we can keep track of numbers. 

All participants are required to wear a mask and use hand sanitizer upon arrival.

Additional Information

Participants should be prepared for weather, insects, walking with perhaps some stairs, and looking closely at trees. Participants should bring their own glasses (sunglasses, eye glasses or safety glasses), and a hand lens, loupe or magnifying glass if possible. By registering for this event, participants take responsibility for all personal risks of their participation in this activity.


Email Julie Kusiek, Executive Director, Tomorrow Foundation for a Sustainable Future at [email protected].

Your suggested donation of $10 will help Tomorrow Foundation for a Sustainable Future reach our next fundraising goal of $2000 to set up another monitoring site.



Edmonton , AB