California Native Plant Society

Education Program - Workshops and Professional Training

Wetland/Riparian Plant Identification
Emphasis on Southern California Species & Habitats

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Dates: August 7-9, 2018 (Tuesday - Thursday)
Location: Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve, Imperial Beach, CA
Instructor: David Magney, Rare Plant Program Manager, CNPS
Registration: $375 CNPS Members / $395 Non-Members

Target Audience: This workshop is designed for anyone who wants or needs to improve their knowledge and skills related to riparian/wetland plants, including professional and student botanists, biologists, arborists, and ecologists. Participants should have knowledge of basic plant terminology.

Description: This is an intensive intermediate plant identification course with an emphasis on riparian and wetland plant recognition and ecology. Emphasis will be given to southern California species and habitats; however, information learned in this class will be readily applicable throughout California and elsewhere. Common and rare species will be covered. This workshop will include classroom presentations and exercises, and field exercises on the reserve. We will spend at least half the time in the field.

Participants will learn:

  • How to identify many riparian tree and shrub species, as well as herbaceous species, by sight and by using written dichotomous keys
  • Tips for remembering the challenging willows (Salix spp.)
  • How to use identification keys
  • Plant description terminology (Latin and Greek)
  • Tools available to help identify native plants.




If you have questions about this or any other CNPS workshops, please contact Becky Reilly, CNPS Events Coordinator, at 916-447-2677 x207 or .

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