Hildy Ellis of Knox-Lincoln Conservation District will lead a fern identification program at Merryspring Nature Center Tuesday, Aug. 16, at noon.

The easy thing about ferns is that they all look similar, with no flowers, buds, or bark to identify. The tough thing about ferns is that they all look similar! Ellis leads this program to identify ferns all season long. The talk and walking tour will cover identification tips, fascinating fern natural history, reproductive cycles, and their unique ecological niche.

This is an outdoor program. Guests are advised to wear sturdy shoes, weather-appropriate clothing, and if they choose, bring a hand lens or magnifying glass. A very small number of hand lenses will be available for use.

Ellis is district coordinator for Knox-Lincoln Soil & Water Conservation District. She has a degree in horticulture from the University of Maine, where she conducted graduate research on ornamental invasive plants.

This lecture is part of the Summer Talk series at Merryspring, sponsored by The First National Bank. Admission to Tuesday talks is $5, with free admission for members of Merryspring.

Merryspring is a community nature center offering walking trails, cultivated gardens, wildlife, and ecology and horticulture educational programs year-round. The park is located at the end of Conway Road, just off of Route 1 in Camden behind Hannaford Shopping Plaza. For more information on this program, please email info@merryspring.org or call 236-2239.