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Registration Information

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The workshop will be held at Schmeeckle Reserve on the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point campus. For more information on Schmeeckle Reserve, please visit their website.

Hotel Accommodations

Please visit the Stevens Point Area Visitor Center for a complete list of area hotels.

Workshop Information

Grasses and Sedges Identification and Sampling

As part of the Plant Identification Workshop Series, this workshop is designed to provide the advanced skills and experience necessary to properly identify and sample grasses and sedges. The workshop will focus on identifying common grasses and sedges in both lab and field settings. Plant anatomy, dichotomous key use, and proper sampling techniques will be covered.

At the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Identify common species by sight
  • Use simple dichotomous keys to identify plant genera and/or species
  • Demonstrate field plant sampling techniques

A tentative workshop itinerary is available at GraminoidIDWorkshop2019_agenda.pdf.

This workshop is preapproved from WI-DNR Cooperating Foresters for 5.0 CEHs each day; a total of 10.0 CEHs, and 7.5 Category 1 CEUs from The Wildlife Society.

This workshop is also provided for 7 continuing education credits under SER's Certified Ecological Restoration Practitioner (CERP) program

Target Audience
This workshop is designed for individuals with some plant identification experience.

Instructor Bio

Steph.jpgDr. Stephanie Lyon spent her early years in the foothills of the Appalachian mountains in eastern Tennessee, and developed a passion for botany at a young age. In her teens, she attended the Illinois Math and Science Academy and then completed a biology degree at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota. While at Carleton, she worked as an assistant for the arboretum, took a variety of field ecology classes, and worked as an intern in the Plant Ecology Lab at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center studying native orchids and their mycorrhizal fungi. Following graduation, Dr. Lyon first worked as an intern at the Chicago Botanic Gardens, studying the effects of habitat fragmentation on the pollination ecology of purple cone flower populations in western Minnesota, and then spent two years at the Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve in Bethel, Minnesota, conducting botanical surveys for a variety of research projects and managing long-term ecological data sets. She then moved to Wisconsin to pursue a PhD in botany at UW-Madison, specializing in orchid systematics and ecology under the supervision of Dr. Tom Givnish. She earned her doctorate in 2014, and in 2016, she joined the biology department at UW-Stevens Point. At UWSP, she teaches several botany classes, including upper-level courses in Vascular Plant Taxonomy and Agrostology (the study of grasses and their close relatives), and is the director of the UWSP herbarium.

Cancelation Policy

Requests received prior to the registration deadline will be granted a full refund. Requests received after the registtion deadline but prior to the workshop’s start will receive a 50% refund. No refunds will be granted to requests received after the start of the workshop. To receive a refund a written request must be made to

Contact Information

Questions regarding the workshop, please contact Haley Frater at

Questions regarding registration, please contact Continuing Education at 715-346-3838.