CNPS Plant Identification Workshop

This workshop will be taught at a beginner level and is open to anyone interested in learning or improving their knowledge of plant terminology and the basic characteristics of dominant California plant families, and gaining identification experience with common California plants. Those just entering the world of plant identification will benefit from this in-depth introduction to keying and identifying plants, while those with some prior experience will be able to refresh and hone their skills at a higher level.  This is a 2.5-day introductory workshop. We will review plant structure terminology, then learn the terminology and characteristics of some of the more common California plant families. Scientific names will be used throughout the workshop. Emphasis will be given to northern California species; however, information learned in this class will be readily applicable throughout California and the world. The class will include classroom presentations and exercises, with at least half the time spent outdoors in the field. Common native species will be covered, including species in riparian, oak woodland, conifer forest, and grassland areas. Advance materials on plant structure terminology will be provided.  Instructor Josie Crawford is an independent botanist/educator as well as the former CNPS Education Program Director. She was the original creator of the CNPS workshop program, coordinating workshops over a 10 year period.

Cost:  CNPS Members $375.00; Non-Members $395.00

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