Public events mark release of fern identification guidebook

Author and publisher Lynn Levine has put together several events to introduce Identifying Ferns the Easy Way: A Pocket Guide to Common Ferns of the Northeast to the world.

Levine and illustrator Briony Morrow-Cribbs will discuss the evolution of their new book, Identifying Ferns the Easy Way: A Pocket Guide to Common Ferns of the Northeast, on Thursday, May 9 at 7 p.m. at Brattleboro Museum and Art Center, 10 Vernon St. in Brattleboro.

The free event to celebrate the book's publication will begin with a discussion about how the guide was conceived and how Levine and Morrow-Cribbs collaborated.

Morrow-Cribbs will demonstrate her process for creating the illustrations.

Copies of the book will be available at a reduced price, and 25 percent of all book sales will be donated to the museum. Cards and prints will also be available for sale.

For more information, contact the museum at [email protected] or 802-257-0124.

On Saturday, May 11, from 2 to 3 p.m., Levine and Morrow-Cribbs will again sign books, this time at the Toadstool Bookshop, 12 Emerald St., Keene. For more information, contact the store at 603-352-8815 or [email protected].

Finally, an “Unfurling of the Ferns” celebration will take place Sunday, May 19 from 1 to 4 p.m. at Dutton Pines State Park on Route 5 in Dummerston.

Co-sponsored by the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation, the free event is a fundraiser for the Dummerston Conservation Commission.

Levine, a member of the commission, will discuss fern identification, and State Forester Tim Morton will discuss the history and forest community of Dutton Pines.

Refreshments will be provided, along with music by Vermont Timbre (Amelia Struthers and Mike Mrowicki).

Attendees will be encouraged to explore and identify ferns in the park using the new book. The commission will receive 20 percent of the sale price of copies purchased at the event.

Finally, the Conservation Commission notes that one of its educational programs will be a fern identification walk in July - hosted, perhaps not surprisingly, by Levine.

For more information about the Conservation Commission and its work and its programs, visit

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