Grasses, Sedges & Rushes

June 16–18, 2020 | 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
1008, Prairie Springs Science Center,  UW-La Crosse, La Crosse, Wisconsin


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


$690, includes continental breakfast, lunch, parking* and refreshments.

Limited to 16 participants

* Attendees will be emailed a coupon code for campus parking approximately 2 weeks before the event.

Continuing Education Units

2.05 CEUs/20.5 Contact Hours

Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are a means of recognizing and recording satisfactory participation in non-degree programs. University of Wisconsin-La Crosse (UWL) 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 UWL.

UWL 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 UWL CEUs will fulfill all requirements.

UWL 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
Reserve your room online now >>

Room block expires: May 19, 2020
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 2020 workshop when making reservations.

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

  • $96, King (plus sales and 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 16–18, 2020 | La Crosse, WI

Day 1: Tuesday, June 16, 2020

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

8:30–8:45 a.m.

Introduction of instructors and participants

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–12:30 p.m.


12:30–4:30 p.m.

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

Day 2: Wednesday, June 17, 2020

8–8:30 a.m.

& continental breakfast

8:30 a.m.–4 p.m.

Field Trip to collect specimens at local wetlands

Day 3: Thursday, June 18, 2020

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–12:30 p.m.


12:30–3:30 p.m.

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

Future locations:

2021–2023 UW-La Crosse, La Crosse, Wisconsin