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Appreciating and Identifying Native and Naturalized Grasses of California: Bodega Marine Reserve

  • Saturday, May 21, 2016
  • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Bodega Marine Reserve and Laboratory, 2099 Westshore Road, Bodega Bay


This event has been cancelled due to low registration. 

We will be contacting the few registrants shortly to discuss refunds, credits or transfers. 

Appreciating and Identifying Native and Naturalized Grasses of California: Bodega Marine Reserve

Join us for a 1-day classroom and field workshop at the beautiful Bodega Marine Reserve and Laboratory! Morning will be spent in the classroom with plant samples and 10x hand lenses, and in the afternoon attendees will explore all the Reserve has to offer in native and naturalized grass species. 

Workshop highlights include: 

  • Coastal prairie, uplifted marine terrace, and coastal bluff communities during wildflower season
  • Species of interest at the reserve: Bromus maritimus (common), rare grass Agrostis blasdalei, and Elymus pacificus!
Grasses are fun and challenging to identify! Our goal is to learn the basic skills of identifying grasses by using a dichotomous key and observing them in the field. We will learn about California’s grassland ecology and become skilled at recognizing the basic groups and common species by working with plant samples in the classroom. We will use the artificial key methodology focusing on the important distinguishing traits of a variety of grass species as presented in The Jepson Manual, second edition. A class syllabus and basic keys from the Jepson Manual website will be provided. We will not be using dissecting microscopes in class, but 10x had lenses will be available. An afternoon field tour on the Bodega Marine Reserve will round out this full day of learning.

Morning coffee and snacks along with a bag lunch are included.
Instructor: Michelle Cooper

View the flyer here and share it with your friends and colleagues and use to register by mail.

  • Beginners are welcome at both of our May Grass ID courses, but if you want a one-day well-rounded taste, you might decide to attend this course over our May 14/15 course also in Marin. If you want to spend more time in the classroom (with dissecting scopes) with an optional second field day, check out the May 14/15 class!

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