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The Socrates Project - Poisonous Plants in Virginia

Join us for the next Virginia Master Naturalist Continuing Education webinar!

2018 VMN Continuing Education Webinar Series

Many people know that Socrates, the great philosopher of ancient Greece, died after drinking an extract of poison hemlock (Conium maculatum.)  Did you know, however, that poison hemlock is found widely throughout Virginia today?  And, did you know that hundreds of incidents of exposure to poisonous plants are reported to the Blue Ridge Poison Center in Virginia each year?

With these facts in mind, members of the Old Rag Chapter of the Virginia Master Naturalist program launched The Socrates Project, an effort to provide educational information about poisonous plants in Virginia. They developed a guide to many of the poisonous plants found in Central Virginia that has now been published as a Virginia Cooperative Extension publication. They are also conducting talks on this topic for community groups. In the next phase of the project, they hope to involve VMN volunteers from other chapters in expanding the scope beyond Central Virginia.

This webinar will both unveil this newly published resource and educate participants about common poisonous plants we have in Virginia and the risks associated with them.

Webinar Details

  • When: April 30, 2018, 12:00 pm
  • Meeting Number: 645 392 689
  • Link to join: Join Webinar

(This link will connect you to the video feed, but you will need to connect your audio separately to hear the speaker.  See the technical information below for details on connecting your audio.)

Link for recordings of this and past webinars: VMN Continuing Education page

Speaker Bios

Adam Downing is the Extension Forester for the Northern District and is based in Madison County where he routinely interacts, supports, and is supported by Master Naturalists from the Old Rag, Central Rappahanock, and Rivanna Chapters.

Alfred Goossens is a Flavor Chemist by profession, and in retirement became a Virginia Master Naturalist involved in a number of projects including the Project Leader of "The Socrates Project - Poisonous Plants in Virginia". He is a member of the Old Rag Chapter.