Tallgrass Prairie Center


Cyperaceae & Juncaceae Workshop

Tuesday, June 18, 2019 - 8:00am to Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 5:00pm
Chichaqua Bottoms Greenbelt, 8700 NE 126th Ave, Maxwell, IA 50161



Cyperaceae & Juncaceae Workshop

By Dr. Tom Rosburg and Dr. Bill Norris

June 18 – 20, 2019

Chichaqua Bottoms Greenbelt

8700 NE 126th Ave, Maxwell, IA 50161 - (515) 967-2596

Cost: $125 (before May 18); $150 starting May 18; $50 for students


Dr. Tom Rosburg (Drake University) and Dr. Bill Norris (Western New Mexico University) are offering a three day Cyperaceae Identification Workshop on the Carex genus and larger Cyperaceae (sedge, bulrush, spike-rush, nut sedge) and Juncaceae (rush) families. Students will engage in hands-on exercises to build understanding of descriptive botanical terminology and the ability to correctly use plant keys.  Field work will address topics in Cyperaceae ecology, plant species habitats and distribution, plant adaptations and interactions, and plant collection and voucher preparation.  Tom and Bill have presented many of these workshops for over 20 years and work hard to provide a high quality experience for students.

Key learning goals include:

1) Use floristic keys to correctly identify species in the Cyperaceae and Juncaceae families

2) Diagram and label the morphological characteristics of vegetative and reproductive stages

3) Sight identification of genera and species in Cyperaceae and Juncaceae


Pre-registration is required.  Registration should be completed online at www.mycountyparks.com
 If you have problems or do not have access to the internet call 515/323-5300 to register.  Use the Events tab to search for events in Polk County.


Questions? – Call Doug or Lael at 515-967-2596 or email doug.sheeley@polkcountyiowa.gov


This event is sponsored by Polk County Conservation.  The class will be held rain or shine.  Cancellations must be made by June 11, 2019 in order to receive a refund.