Grasses, Sedges & Rushes

June 12–14, 2018 | 8 a.m.–5 p.m. | Cowley Hall, UW-La Crosse, La Crosse, Wis.


This workshop introduces participants to the basics of identification of grasses, sedges, and rushes; three graminoid families with species commonly found growing in wetlands and adjacent uplands. Lectures on taxonomy, plant structure and use of appropriate plant keys for identification are provided with a mixture of lab and field work. It is preferable but not required to take the Basic Plant ID workshop prior.


Introduction to Grasses, Sedges and Rushes by Steve Eggers

The workshop is full. Please add your name to the waiting list. We will contact people on the wait list (in order of sign-up) to offer seats that become available due to cancellations.


$600, includes continental breakfast, lunch and refreshments

Limited to 16 participants


1.6 CEUs/16 Contact Hours

Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are a means of recognizing and recording satisfactory participation in non-degree programs. University of Wisconsin-Extension (UW-Ex) awards one CEU for each 10 contact hours in a continuing education experience. Actual contact hours are recorded. CEUs are offered at no additional charge, through the UW-Ex.

UW-Ex CEUs fulfill continuing education requirements for many professionals, agencies and organizations. Professional associations may have specific licensing requirements. Individuals should contact their licensing association before assuming UW-Ex CEUs will fulfill all requirements.

UW-La Crosse keeps records of individual CEUs for three years of programming. Certificates are emailed within two weeks of the conclusion of each program. Requests for duplicate CEU certificates are charged a $15 processing fee.

Request form for duplicate CEU hours & certificates

Cancellation policy:

Substitutions welcome. Full refund less $50 processing fee two weeks prior to event, no refunds thereafter. Cancellations must be submitted in writing to:

A transfer fee of $50 is charged when requesting the cancellation of one workshop and registering for another workshop.


A limited block of rooms are available at:

Courtyard Marriott Hotel
500 Front St., La Crosse, Wis 

Room block expires: May 12, 2018   
Please reserve your overnight accommodations early as there are a limited number of special rates available. Once a room block has filled and/or after room block expiration date, reservations received are subject to space availability and at prevailing room rates.

Refer to: UWL Grasses, Sedges and Rushes 2018 workshop when making reservations.

Room rates, per night: (government per diem rate, may be subject to change)

  • $93, single

Rates do not include sales or room tax. Please refer to the hotels website or contact them directly for check-in and check-out times, services and amenities, directions, parking/shuttle service and other hotel information.

Grasses, Sedges and Rushes Workshop
June 12–14, 2018 | La Crosse, WI

Day 1: Tuesday, June 12, 2018

8–8:30 a.m. Sign-in & continental breakfast

8:30–8:45 a.m.

Introduction of instructors and participants

–Steve D. Eggers, Senior Ecologist, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
–Patricia Trochlell, Chief Wetland Ecologist, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
–D. Timothy Gerber, Professor, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse; member of Rivers Studies Center

8:45–10:30 a.m.

Introduction to the Grasses, Sedges and Rushes
Course objectives:

  • Basic plant taxonomy, terminology and references
  • Differentiation of the grasses, sedges and rushes

10:30–10:45 a.m.


10:45 a.m.–Noon

Introduction to the Grasses, Sedges and Rushes (continued)

Noon–1 p.m.


1–5 p.m.

Laboratory exercises
  • Use of dichotomous keys
  • Keying out grass and sedge specimens

Day 2: Wednesday, June 13, 2018

8–8:30 a.m.

& continental breakfast

8:30 a.m.–4 p.m.

Field Trip to collect specimens at local wetlands
Full instructor team

Day 3: Thursday, June 14, 2018

8–8:30 a.m.

& continental breakfast

8:30–9:30 a.m.


9:30–10:30 a.m.

Laboratory activities
  • Keying out sedge and rush specimens

10:30–10:45 a.m.



Laboratory activities
  • Keying out sedge and rush specimens

Noon–1 p.m.


1–3:30 p.m.

Laboratory activities
  • Keying out sedge and rush specimens
3:30–4 p.m. Wrap-up and training evaluation (online)

Future locations:

2018-2021 TBD