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screenshot of iNaturalist observations at Kathleen Clay Edward Library

Field Trip: Using iNaturalist to Learn About Native Plants with Ann Walter-Fromson

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Want to learn more about using the iNaturalist app? Join us for a ramble around Price Park on Wednesday, November 9 to look for interesting plants to document and identify. Bring your smart phone with the free iNaturalist app downloaded (iOS or Android), and be sure to create an account with iNaturalist.org before you come. We’ll meet in front of Kathleen Clay Edwards Library at 10:00 a.m. and will explore the park for about an hour and a half.

Ann Walter-Fromson is giving (or gave, depending on when you read this) a presentation on using iNaturalist to learn about native plants (for the Triad’s November 2, 2022 monthly meeting). Features of the app and website Ann shares include how the iNaturalist community can help with plant identification, with understanding the timing of plant life-cycle events, and where specific plants are found.

Ann Walter-Fromson

A retired psychology professor, Ann Walter-Fromson is an active member of the Triad chapter of the NC Native Plant Society, T. Gilbert Pearson Audubon Society in Guilford County, and Piedmont Bird Club. She is a certified NC Environmental Educator, and a 2017 graduate of the Certificate in Native Plant Studies program at the NC Botanical Garden in Chapel Hill, for which she conducted an independent research study of pollinators attracted to the native plants in her yard.

One of Ann's observations on iNaturalist, Downy Lobelia (Lobelia puberula)
One of Ann’s observations on iNaturalist, Downy Lobelia (Lobelia puberula)

This program is free and open to the public, and all are welcome!

In-person meeting – [no Zoom]  We will be meeting in front of Kathleen Clay Edwards Family Branch of the Greensboro Library (1420 Price Park Dr., Greensboro, NC 27410).

Many of our monthly programs are also posted on the NC Native Plant Society YouTube Channel within a couple weeks (when all goes well). Click on “Playlists” to see programs from each chapter. This event will not be recorded, so we hope you will be able to join us in person. Click here to visit the Triad Chapter’s webpage.

Thank you for joining the North Carolina Native Plant Society as a member or guest to learn more about the ecology of our region!!! We look forward to seeing you!!!

We hope you’ll consider becoming a member, volunteering, and/or helping to promote our education and outreach work by sharing with your friends and family. Thank you again!

NOTE: The Triad Chapter has an informal listserv for members and friends in the Triad area who have events, native plants, or questions to share. To join the listserv, please write to Triadco@ncwildflower.org with your name and a little bit about your interest in being on the listserv (so we know you’re a real person in our community). NCNPS members receive notices from NCNPS, but that is not set up for community exchange, as the informal listserv is. We look forward to hearing from you!

Screenshot of taxa documented in the Triad area on iNaturalist.
Map showing records documented in the Triad area on iNaturalist (but the observations list “The World” has not been narrowed).

Although Ann will not be focusing on it, iNaturalist created a wonderful companion app that is only available as a phone app, Seek by iNaturalist. It can be used for identification when you have no internet or satellite connection and was designed to engage young people by providing challenges and achievement awards. Each time you make a new observation, it is added to a tally of that group, such as plants, insects, and birds. Earn a badge for all the challenges you seek!

The event is finished.



Nov 09 2022


10:00 am - 11:30 pm




Kathleen Clay Edwards Library
1420 Price Park Drive, Greensboro, NC 27410


Triad Chapter