Michigan State University W.K. Kellogg Bird Sanctuary with image of a Barred Owl.

Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018 from 6 - 8:30 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018 from 9:30 - 5 p.m.

W.K. Kellogg Biological Station
3700 East Gull Lake Drive
Hickory Corners, MI 49060
Stack Building Classroom 145

Roughly 20% of Michigan’s flora is graminoid species – grasses, sedges, and rushes. These herbaceous species with grass-like morphology are found in every habitat and often dominate the herbaceous layer of many habitats. However, distinguishing among graminoid families and species is generally considered difficult, limiting the ability for professional, semi-professional, and novice field biologists to sufficiently understand many plant communities. This class is intended for students interested in overcoming unfamiliarity with graminoids, and developing the confidence to independently identify them.

This class will cover graminoids broadly - highlighting the differences among grasses (plants in the family Poaceae), sedges (Cyperaceae) and rushes (Juncaeae); and focus on identifying grasses specifically. The objective is to provide a framework of which traits to look for in distinguishing graminoids, but also become familiar with some common species. This approach is intended to bring attention to the diversity of species around us all the time, and provide the concrete skills to continue the study of graminoids independently

Course Fee: Members $100, Non-Members $120


Michigan State University is committed to providing equal opportunity for participation in all programs, services and activities. Accommodations for persons with disabilities may be requested by contacting the event contact two weeks prior to the start of the event. Requests received after this date will be honored whenever possible.

Contact Information

For more information contact the Kellogg Bird Sanctuary at 269-671-2510 or birdsanctuary@kbs.msu.edu.