Grasses: The Rodney Dangerfield of the Vascular Plant World

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Instructor(s)

Dan Caudle

Resident Research Associate

Event Date

November 4, 2017, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Program

TERM

Program Information

Location: BRIT Campus. Additional classes and workshops will meet at the Fort Worth Nature Center, the Fort Worth Botanic Garden, and at other locations around the western metroplex at different times during the month.

Cost: All TERM classes are $5 for BRIT members and $10 for the public.

Who should attend: College students and upper level high school students with an interest in careers in field science, early career field scientists, naturalists, formal/informal science educators.

Point of Contact

Laura Northern Venhaus

Director of the Libraries and Research Public Engagement

Grasses, often the most common plants in any given landscape, are also some of the most overlooked and misunderstood members of the plant world. Grasses, however, are what makes the prairie a prairie, they are an essential component of savannas, and they even occupy the understory of woodlands and forests.

This workshop will provide an introduction to the world of grasses that are found in the prairies, savannas, and woodlands of North Texas. The focus will be on field identification of grasses by their distinguishing physical characteristics. It will include an overview of basic terminology related to the parts of the grass plant, a brief discussion of taxonomic classification, discussion of the significance of various grass species, their potential values, and the ecosystem services they provide.  

$10 ($5 for members) 

About TERM

Welcome to TERM (Techniques for Ecological Research and Management), a joint education outreach program presented by the Fort Worth Nature Center, the Botanical Research Institue of Texas, and the Fort Worth Botanic Garden.

TERM, which grew out of an identified gap in hands-on, experience-based education in the fields of plant and wildlife science, conservation, sustainability, and ecology, offers carefully designed field investigations, workshops, and classes which will enhance TERM participants' classroom education and offer an opportunity to assemble a unique set of skills. Additionally, TERM will allow participants to interact and network with professionals and students in their field of interest.