Community Engagement and Outreach Programs
One of my life goals is to make sure lichen knowledge is accessible to everybody. Therefore, I am very interested in outreach programs. If you are looking for somebody to talk about lichens in your school, society, environmental center, university, etc., please contact me.
Coloring pages by student Kaylee
BioBlitz - Lichen Inventory at Theodore Roosevelt Island
2022 - Collaboration with TCU Undergraduate Student Artist Kaylee Meyer to create beautiful lichen coloring pages. Check them out in English, Portuguese and Spanish.
2022 - Lichens: 20K Symbioses Wanting Your Attention (seminar and workshop), Central Mindanao University, Valencia, Philippines
2022 - Lichens | Dallas Nature Channel.
Part 1: https://www.dallasnaturechannel.com/videos/lichens_manu_brit/
Part 2: Coming soon!
Part 3: Coming soon!
2021 - Lichens! Friends of the Southwest Nature Preserve, Arlington, TX
2021 - The World of Lichens. Trinity Forks Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas, Denton, TX
2021 - The Secret Life of Lichens | Exploring By The Seat of Your Pants GLOBAL BIODIVERSITY FESTIVAL
2021 - Liberty’s Promise Career Panel. Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, Washington, DC
2021 - "Lichen 101". Galveston Bay Area Chapter Texas Master Naturalist
2021 - "Lichens". Indian Trail Chapter Texas Master Naturalist
2021 - Lichen Walk and Collecting Training. Wakefield Heights Park
2020 - Intro Lichenology. Texas Master Naturalist Blackland Prairie Chapter
2020 - Lichen Lab in Environmental Microbiology Course (invited speaker). George Mason University
2020 - Lichens 101: Everything you need to make lichens part of your naturalist life. Texas Master Naturalist Annual Meeting
2020 - Lichens 101. North Texas Master Naturalist
2020 - Brookline Public Schools – Heath School
2020 - The Lichen Lifestyle: It's More Complex than You Think. Audubon Naturalist Society
2020 - iNaturalist City Challenge ID Party ONLINE
2020 - What's a Lichen? With Lichenologist Manuela Dal Forno Webinar. Smithsonian Science How. One talk (approx. 1h) available at:
2020 - You + Me = Symbioses - Smithsonian Associates, Washington, DC
2019 - What's a Lichen? How a Smithsonian Scientist Studies a Unique Symbiosis Live Broadcast. Smithsonian Science How. Shows available at (approx. 48 min each):
2018/2019 - Volunteer in the project “Collection and identification of lichens on the Patuxent Research Refuge and Patuxent Wildlife Research Center”
2019 - Patuxent Research Refuge (PRR) and Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
2019 - “Herbology” Class: Magic Lichens. Hogwarts Summer Camp, Washington, DC
2019 - Exploring the Amazing World of Lichens Live Broadcast (42 min). Smithsonian Science How. Available at:
2019 - Teen Science Café – A New Approach to STEM, Washington, DC
2019 - The Mycological Association of Washington, DC
2018 - Patuxent Research Refuge (PRR) and Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
2018 - iNaturalist City Challenge Washington, DC – Species Identification Evening. Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, Washington, DC
2018 - iNaturalist City Challenge Washington, DC. Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens, Washington, DC
2018 - Lichens 101 (3rd edition). Long Branch Nature Center, Arlington, VA
2018 - Lichens 101 (2nd edition). Educational talk and hike for the National Association for Interpretation.
Great Falls, VA
2017/2018 - iNaturalist City Challenge Washington, DC + Species ID Evening at the Museum
2017 - The Expert is In Series: Liking Lichens. Program open to the public showing lichens, lichen uses, lichens under microscopes, etc. Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, Washington, DC
2017 - Why Lichens Are The Coolest. Educational talk and hike for the Northern Neck Chapter, Virginia Native Plant Society. Wicomico Church, VA
2017 - Lichen Basics. Educational talk and hike for the employers and friends of the Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary. Lothian, MD
2017 - Lichens 101. Educational talk and hike for the National Association for Interpretation.
Great Falls, VA
2016 - BioBlitz: Lichen Inventory from the Theodore Roosevelt Island. Washington, DC
2013 - Observatory Talk Series: The World of Lichens. GMU, Fairfax, VA
2013 - Observatory Talk Series: Happy FUNGIving – Introduction to Symbiosis. GMU, Fairfax, VA
2012 - Rapid Guide to Lichens of Wet Montane Forest of Costa Rica. Las Cruces Field Station, Costa Rica
2012 - Two lichen tours (day and night), in English and Spanish. Las Cruces Field Station, Costa Rica
2010 - Fungi and Lichen Educational Display. Audubon Center of the North Woods, Sandstone, MN