Grasses, in the family Poaceae, are arguably the most important plant family, due to their evolution (5th largest family), their ecology (dominance and function in the world’s ecosystems), and their ethnobotany (use as food, forage, and fiber by humans).
Tom Rosburg, Professor of Biology at Drake University, is offering a three-day grass identification workshop on Iowa and Midwestern Poaceae. The course offers an advanced curriculum for professional conservationists (CCB, DNR, NRCS, FWS, NPS, ACE), graduate students, and avid amateurs. The hands-on workshop will enhance participants’ field recognition of grass species, their understanding of grass morphology and terminology, their ability to successfully key grass species and conduct field assessments, and their understanding of ecological relationships among grass species.
The workshop will combine class time and hands-on exercises with fieldwork and observation. Participants will use dissecting scopes to examine grass morphology and key specimens. Workshop materials include color handouts of the presentations used and floristic keys to identify grasses.
Fieldwork will investigate the grasses found in several plant associations including oak savanna, forest, and prairie communities.
The cost of the workshop is $100 before July 12th; $125 starting July 13th; $50 for students. This fee includes workshop materials and three days of lunch. Breakfast and supper are on your own.
Guests may cancel their reservation for a full refund up until August 5th by calling 712-545-3283 and speaking with staff directly.
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