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Principles of Conservation Biology: Hybrid

with Johnny Randall, NCBG Director of Conservation; Nick Adams, Battle Park Manager

This event is full. Now accepting wait list registrations.

Zoom class dates: Tuesdays and Thursdays, June 1, 3, 8, 10 and 15

In-person field date: A two-hour tour of Mason Farm will be scheduled based on participant availability

Time: 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Fee: $135 ($122 Members)


This course is intended for an experienced audience and introduces the principles of biodiversity and conservation. Students learn about rare plants, conservation genetics, ecological restoration, conservation
landscaping, and preserve design.


Prerequisites: Botany and Plant Ecology


Remaining Seats: 0

Note: Preregistration is required | Registration open through 5/31/2021 12:00 PM EST | Refund Policy

About the Instructor

Johnny Randall received his B.A. in biology at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and both his M.S. and Ph.D. in botany at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.  For a total of ten years, Johnny was a faculty member at Salem College, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and the University of North Florida.  Johnny joined the North Carolina Botanical Garden in 1998 as assistant director for conservation and is also adjunct faculty at UNC-Chapel Hill.  His training and research interests are in plant reproductive ecology, rare plant biology, and conservation biology.  At the NCBG Johnny oversees the conservation and management of natural areas and administers rare plant programs.  Johnny also serves on numerous boards and advisory committees and is the past president and current board member of the North Carolina Exotic Pest Plant Council.

Nick Adams is the Battle Park Manager at NCBG. In addition to Battle Park, Nick manages the Coker Pinetum and the Piedmont Nature Trails. Much of his work deals primarily with invasive exotic management, trail improvement and maintenance, and restoration. Nick received his B.S. in Biology from the University of Central Arkansas in 2003, and his M.S. in Ecology from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2012. Due to his background in science and previous experience in native plant landscaping, Nick has a breadth of knowledge about native plant communities and natural areas management.

Certificate in Native Plant Studies Credits

Principles of Conservation Biology: Credits - 1


This course fulfills a core requirement in our Certificate in Native Plants.

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  • Before leaving home for class, check for symptoms using the COVID-19 screening checklist. Do not attend class if you are experiencing any symptom(s) indicated on the screening checklist. If you are not able to attend class for this reason, we will offer you a full refund as course credit or to your credit card.

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Blended Program - Virtual and Face-to-Face