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​Registration Information

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The workshop will be held at the Central Wisconsin Environmental Station (CWES) in Amherst Junction, Wisconsin. Information on CWES including their facilities and parking can be found on their website, Central Wisconsin Environmental Station.

Workshop Information

Woodland Plant 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 woodland plants. The workshop will focus on identifying early woodland species of Wisconsin 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 workshop itinerary can be found here.

This workshop is preapproved for 6.0 CEHs from WI-DNR Cooperating Foresters and 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.

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Sophie Demchik is an associate instructor at University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, where she teaches plant and natural resource courses. Sophie was raised in the hardwood-covered mountains of Central West Virginia where she learned to love plants.  She graduated from Davis and Elkins College with a bachelor’s degree in Biology and Environmental Science. After graduation, she attended West Virginia University where she earned a Master’s degree in plant biology.  Since then, Sophie has lived and worked in Pennsylvania, Minnesota and Wisconsin.  In addition to working for the university, she and her husband own Oak Openings Farm, LLC (which includes a farm and natural resource consulting business), in southeastern Portage County.  

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 Haley.Frater@uwsp.edu.

Contact Information

Questions regarding the workshop, please contact Haley Frater at hfrater@uwsp.edu.

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