Grasses for Beginners

Grasses for Beginners

6.5 CEHs for Wetland and Soil Scientists, 1.87 CEUs for Surveyors, and 6.5 CEUs for Foresters; also approved for 6 NHDES Subsurface Bureau credit hours

This course will provide an introduction to the grasses (Family Poaceae) of New England.  Participants of all experience levels are encouraged to attend. A combination of indoor and outdoor instruction will be used to familiarize participants with this challenging group. Instruction will focus on understanding and recognizing the unique morphology of grasses, basic technical terminology, and identifying some common New England genera and species in the field. Strategies and suggestions for identification within some of the more difficult genera will be discussed. 

The required text for this course is  How to Identify Grasses and Grasslike Plants by H.D. Harrington (1977, Swallow Press;  ISBN-10: 0804007462;  ISBN-13: 978-0804007467; approx. $10 through Amazon.com). You are asked to purchase this text from your preferred bookseller and bring it to the course, along with a hand lens. All other supplies will be provided.

Instructor Bios


Grasses for Beginners

  • Leslie Adams

    Leslie Adams, Ph.D., is a plant systematist and forest ecologist who specializes in ferns, grasses, and the floristic diversity of New Hampshire forests.  She teaches botany, ecology, regenerative agriculture, and biology courses for the University of Maryland, Lesley University, and Great Bay Community College, and has taught plant identification courses for UNH PD&T since 1997.  Leslie has a broad knowledge of the New England flora and conservation biology

09:30am - 04:00pm
Portsmouth - 231 Corporate Drive
Leslie Adams
199.00 Tuition (includes lunch)