The Plant Science Training Program specializes in providing workshops for professional botanists, biologists, and ecologists to teach the skills and provide the tools and resources for conducting sound scientific surveys for rare plants, rare plant communities, vegetation, and wetlands. Discounted registration fees are offered to CNPS Members. (Join CNPS here)
Dates and locations are subject to change. Information will be published here as it becomes available.
Instructors: Dr. Todd Keeler-Wolf (CDFW), John Menke (AIS), and Julie Evens (CNPS) Location: University of Redlands (2 days) and the Potrero unit of the San Jacinto Wildlife Area (1 day)
Participants will learn about vegetation sampling,
classification, and photo interpretation in this hands-on workshop presented
jointly by CNPS, CDFW and AIS. In field and computer lab exercises you will practice creating a vegetation map using Geographic Information Systems, collect reconnaissance samples supporting an existing vegetation classification, and practice techniques of photo interpretation, delineation, and attribution. You will also learn how to validate a vegetation map through accuracy assessment. Experience with GIS is recommended but not required.
March 11-12, 2014 (Days 1&2) Rare Plant Survey Protocols - A Scientific Approach
March 13, 2014 (Day 3) Online Resources for Botanists, Biologists, and Ecologists (may be taken separately or with Rare Plant Survey Protocols above)
This is a two-day course with an optional 3rd day, with a combination of classroom, field studies and computer lab exercises in Davis and West Sacramento, California
Target audience: Professional botanists, ecologists, land managers, resource specialists, academics, and conservationists. Participants should have an understanding of plant terminology and capable plant identification skills.
Class size: Limited to 20 participants for Day 1 & 2 and 15 participants for Day 3
Heath Bartosh: Senior Botanist of Nomad Ecology
Aaron Sims: CNPS Rare Plant Botanist
Roxanne Bittman, Coordinator for the California Natural Diversity Database, California Department of Fish and Wildlife (formerly Fish and Game)
LOCATIONs: Day 1 CDFW Yolo Bypass Visitors Center, Davis
Day 2 Field Site: Specific location will depend on flowering phenology at the time.
Day 3 Computer Lab: California Department of Fish and Wildlife Office of Training and Development, 1740 North Market Boulevard, Sacramento CA
This course is designed to approach rare plant surveys using the best scientific information available. This scientific approach is built on conducting proper background review and literature searches, evaluating ecological information, assessing annual phenology, appropriate study design based on the scale of the survey area, survey execution, and adequate documentation of rare plant populations encountered.
This is a two-day course with an optional 3rd day, set in the Sacramento Valley and around Davis and Sacramento. The first two days will include classroom and field settings where the instructors will cover three topic areas: preparing for surveys, conducting surveys, and reporting findings. These topics will be discussed based on applicable botanical survey guidelines. Time spent in the field will be applying the concepts learned during classroom sessions. A small amount of time will also be spent on the proper methods of collecting voucher specimens. This course includes a certificate of completion for participants who complete CNDDB forms satisfactorily and pass an open book exam for day 1&2.
Optional Day 3: The CNDDB/RareFind/BIOS class is a six-hour course describing the background, purpose, and use of both the CNDDB dataset and the BIOS web-based map viewing tool (which includes access to the CNDDB). The class includes instruction and exercises on using many of the tools in both the online RareFind 5 and in BIOS 5, as well as viewing and querying the CNDDB dataset in BIOS.
Cost: Days 1 & 2: CNPS members $310 /
Day 3: $160 (May be taken separately or together with day 1&2)
The last day to cancel and receive a partial refund is Feb 24, 2014
Instructor: David L. Magney Location: Casitas Springs, Ventura County
This is an intensive introductory course on how to recognize plant families, focusing on the 25 dominant families of native plants found in California. Plant identification can be a challenge; however, if you know the basic leaf, flower, and fruit characters of the most common plant families, you will be able to significantly reduce the amount of time required to properly identify most plant species. It is geared towards anyone who wants or needs to improve their knowledge and skills about identifying native and naturalized plants. Emphasis will be given to southern California species; however, information learned in this class will be readily applicable throughout California and elsewhere. Common and rare species will be covered. The class will include classroom presentation and exercises, and field excursions, primarily into the Ventura River and Ojai Valley in Ventura County. We will spend at least half the time in the field. Riparian, chaparral, and coastal sage scrub plants will be covered.
Spring Flora of the Eastern Mojave: a Focus on Five Formidable Families
Target audience: Professional botanists, ecologists, agency resource managers, and conservationists. Participants should have moderate to advanced taxonomic skills. Field trips will include moderate to short day hikes.
Instructors: Jim Andre and Tasha LaDoux Location: UC Granite Mountains Desert Research Center, located within the Mojave National Preserve, eastern Mojave Desert
The rugged eastern Mojave Desert represents one of the most floristically diverse regions of California, and continues to yield a high rate of new species discoveries. This course will focus on the taxonomy and ecology of five major plant families that collectively comprise more than 50% of the species in the spring flora: Asteraceae, Boraginaceae, Fabaceae, Polemoniaceae and Onagraceae. Through field observation, lab identification, and evening presentations, participants will gain a better understanding for these families and other common species in the region. This field-intensive workshop is intended for botanists with moderate to advanced taxonomic training with an interest in learning both the general and rare spring flora of the eastern Mojave. Field trips will target a variety of habitats and CNPS-listed rare species. Day trips will be planned according to optimal blooming. Be ready to hike on rugged terrain. A few 4WD vehicles will be needed beyond what we have available.
Cost: CNPS Members $360; Non-members $395
includes dorm lodging for 2 days & 2 nights
Instructor: Taught by John Willoughby Location: UC Santa Cruz Arboretum, Santa Cruz, CA
Using classroom and field exercises, the workshop will focus on the role of plant population monitoring for adaptive management. Participants will learn how to develop good management objectives. Topics cover principles of sampling and several sampling designs, field techniques for measuring vegetation, analyzing monitoring data and presenting results. Participants will receive a copy of the BLM-published book, Measuring and Monitoring Plant Populations, by Caryl Elzinga, Dan Salzer, and John Willoughby, a notebook of all materials covered and a CD with additional materials to help with monitoring programs.
Herbaria Specimen Collecting for Floristic Work - Tejon Ranch This two and a half day course is a combination of classroom and field studies
in the Tehachapi Mountain Region, Kern County, California.
Target Audience: Professional botanists, ecologists, land managers, resource specialists, academics, and conservationists. Participants should have an understanding of plant terminology and adequate experience in plant identification.
Nick Jensen, Graduate Student at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden and past CNPS Rare Plant Program Director;
Heath Bartosh, Senior Botanist of Nomad Ecology Locations:
Classroom: Tejon Ranch Conservancy 1037 Bear Trap Rd, Lebec, CA 93243
Field Site: High elevations of Tejon Ranch (4,000 to 7,000 feet)
This workshop will provide participants with an understanding of the equipment and skills necessary to make botanical voucher specimens of vascular plants with the goal of depositing specimens in their local herbaria. The course will include a half-day lecture focused on the multitude of reasons to incorporate specimen collecting into professional botanical survey and scientific work. In the field, participants will learn about the process of making specimen collections including the equipment necessary, prioritizing which plants to collect, data collection, plant pressing, label making, and the process of submitting vouchers to herbaria. The workshop will provide a chance to explore Tejon Ranch, California's largest contiguous piece of private land, which is situated in one of the state's most ecologically interesting locations-the Tehachapi Mountains. Fieldwork will focus on the middle and high elevation areas of the ranch that have little history of botanical study. Join us for a chance to learn and explore!