General Workshop and Registration Information
The Colorado Native Plant Society Workshops are exceptional learning experiences for professional and amateur botanists alike. Workshop presenters are experts on Colorado flora and are very generous in sharing their knowledge and time. They come with plant samples and hands-on exercises designed to expand your plant identification skills and ecological understanding.
Workshops are held at various locations throughout Colorado, with the majority at venues along the Front Range. They begin at 9 am and end between 3 and 4 pm.
Workshops are limited to 15-30 people, depending on location, and priority is given to CoNPS members.
We suggest participants bring a lunch, hand lens, pad of paper (for notes and drawings), pencil(s) and pen and any other materials as noted below, to each workshop. Beverages and snacks will be provided.
To become a CoNPS member, visit the Membership page.
You can pay with Paypal or credit card (see workshop details below), or check.
For any questions regarding registration, please contact Linda Smith at email@example.com.For questions about workshop content or locations, please contact Ronda Koski at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you cancel one week before the workshop or earlier, we will refund your money or you can choose to apply that money to another CoNPS workshop. If you cancel less than a week before the workshop, no refund is guaranteed. If we have a Wait List and someone else can attend, your money will be refunded or you can apply the money toward another workshop. If we cannot fill your spot, your money will not be refunded. If a workshop is cancelled for any reason, we will reschedule the workshop or mail you a refund. Refunds will be made via check and mailed the week following the workshop.
CoNPS Workshop Coordinator
This year’s workshops have been organized by CoNPS Workshop Coordinator Ronda Koski with input from former Workshop Coordinator, Linda Hellow. If you have suggestions for future workshops, please contact Ronda Koski at email@example.com.
Please check the website periodically for updates and additional workshops.
2014-2015 CoNPS Workshop Schedule
Grass Identification Workshop (FULL)
One-day workshop, 9am – 3pm
Cost: $30 (non-member price $45)
This workshop is designed to provide a basic knowledge of grass morphology and terminology as it pertains to identifying grasses. Workshop attendees will use “Illustrated Keys to the Grasses of Colorado” by Janet Wingate to learn how to use keys to identify common grass species. Rich will provide a brief presentation about grasses, and the remainder of the workshop will be devoted to keying out a variety of species. At the end of the workshop attendees will have the ability to key out many common grass species.
If you have a copy of the following books, please bring them with you:
Illustrated Keys to the Grasses of Colorado by Janet Wingate
A few copies of these books will be available for workshop attendees to use during the workshop session.
Rich Rhoades is District Conservationist with Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Pueblo, Colorado. Rich graduated from Colorado State University with a BS degree in Range and Forest Management. Rich has worked for the NRCS (SCS) for 38 years in the Sterling, Eads and Pueblo Field Offices. Grass identification is important in his work with ranchers, rural landowners, reclamation and revegetation.
Register for Saturday, April 25 - Grass Identification Workshop (Castle Rock)
FULL - To be wait-listed, please contact Linda Smith
Winter Willow ID
One-day workshop, 10am – 2pm - Co-Sponsored with CeRSER (Central Rockies Society for Ecological Restoration)
Cost: $30 (non-member price $40)
This workshop is an introduction to the identification of the primary native willows of Colorado and will be useful for resource managers, restoration professionals, and anyone interested in the genus Salix. If you have a copy of the books listed below, please bring them with you:
Randy Mandel, Restoration Ecologist, Golder Associates,
John Giordanengo, Program Director, Southern Rockies Seed Network
Register for Sunday, April 26 - Winter Willow ID Workshop
Sedges of Colorado : Advanced Workshop and Field Trip III (FULL)
One-day workshop (Friday), plus two days in the field
-- $220 includes $120 for registration and $100 for two nights of lodging (8/28-8/29) and meals at RMBL.
-- Meals include one breakfast, two lunches, and two dinners
Eminent botanist, Tony Reznicek (University of Michigan) will be returning to Colorado to provide a workshop on the sedges of Colorado focused on the west slope. Denver Botanic Gardens, Colorado Native Plant Society, and University of Colorado Denver are collaborating to offer this “sedgevent” that will combine a workshop at the picturesque Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory in Gothic with two days of field trips.
If your organization is willing to help sponsor this workshop to help defray the cost, please contact Leo Bruederle (Leo.Bruederle@ucdenver.edu).
Anton Reznicek, Ph.D. Dr. Reznick is Assistant Director of the University of Michigan Herbarium and Curator of Vascular Plants. His research focuses on the evolution and systematics of the Cyperaceae, especially Carex, phytogeography of the northeastern North American flora, and conservation of the Great Lakes region flora.
FULL - To be wait-listed, please contact Linda Smith