Grasses, Sedges & Rushes

June 25–27, 2019 | 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


$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 
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Room block expires: May 21, 2019
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: Grasses, Sedges and Rushes 2019 workshop when making reservations.

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

  • $94, King or Double Queen

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 25–27, 2019 | La Crosse, WI

Day 1: Tuesday, June 25, 2019

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 DNR
– D. Timothy Gerber, Professor, UW-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 26, 2019

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 27, 2019

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:

2019–2021 Cowley Hall, UW-La Crosse, La Crosse, Wis.