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Welcome to the Year of the Fern

" — the ferns of various species and in various stages, some now in their most perfect and beautiful condition, completely unfolded, tender and delicate, but perfect in all their details, far more than any lace work — the most elaborate leaf we have." From the Journal of Henry David Thoreau, 1853, quoted in Thoreau's Garden by Peter Loewer, StellaRosaBooks 1996.

Please Join Our Circle of Fronds!

In 2011, between the unfurling of the first fiddlehead and the time the snow flies, we MNPS members are challenging ourselves to learn the ferns of Maryland. We have some fun and educational field trips and programs planned to help us all increase our knowledge and appreciation of the native ferns of Maryland, their habits and their habitats.

See how many of the 25 common Maryland ferns you can find in the field, and learn to identify, by December.

You can use these helpful resources:

Maidenhair Fern, Adiantum pedatum
Maidenhair Fern, Adiantum pedatum

Although the Year of the Fern has ended, some field trips will continue to have a fern focus


Here are some plant lists from trips taken during "Year of the Fern." The Plant Lists Page has many more lists from MNPS field trips.

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