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Cornell Lab of Ornithology


Lichen Monitoring

Monitor and learn about lichen through the Great Smoky Mountain Institute at Tremont.

Lichen Monitoring

Enter the exciting world of lichens, where Freddy the Fungus meets Alice the Algae! Discuss different types of lichen and the potential effects of air quality on lichen diversity. Visit trees in one of our two lichen monitoring plots to assess the number and type of lichens on each tree.



Topic – lichen, air quality, fungus, algae 

Audience - 5th grade and up  

Location - Great Smoky Mountains National Park, TN, USA

Goals - education, air quality monitoring, research



National Park Service


Parent Project:

Lichen Monitoring - Appalachian Highlands Science Learning Center in Great Smoky Mountains National Park



Tiffany Beachy, Citizen Science Coordinator, Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont  email Tiffany


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