CSU, Chico News

Native Grass Identification Workshop Saturday, March 14

Date: 03-10-2009

Kathleen McPartland
Public Affairs
Greg Liggett
Northern California Natural History Museum

Grasses dominate many California landscapes, yet their identification presents a challenge to beginner and experienced botanists alike. The Friends of the Chico State Herbarium, through the Northern California Natural History Museum, is offering “Introduction to Identifying Northern California Grasses” Saturday, March 14, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Holt 129.

This workshop is designed to introduce participants to the basics of grass identification, using species likely to be encountered in the northern Sierra Nevada and southern Cascade Mountains and the adjacent Central Valley. It is appropriate for both beginners and those more advanced in their identification skills who want a refresher.

John Dittes, local botanical consultant and expert on Northern California flora, will lead the workshop.

Registration is required, and there is a fee for the workshop. The group will be limited to 16 participants.

Details and registration forms can be found at the museum’s Web site at www.ncnhm.org under the educational programs link.