Kansas SenatorGramma, John James Ingalls, said in an 1871 address “Grass is the forgiveness of nature – her constant benediction…It bears no blazonry or bloom to charm the senses with fragrance or splendor, but its homely hue is more enchanting than the lily or the rose.” Grasses also feed the world. Civilization as we know it would not exist without corn, wheat, barley, rye, oats, rice and millet, which are all grasses. Sugar cane, sorghum and corn are the grasses that sweeten most of our foods and drinks. Bamboo grasses provide the structural necessities of Asian cultures and giant reed grass makes woody reeds for the woodwind instruments that fill our lives with music. Grass is the staff of life for open range cattle, horses, and large wild ungulates, such as elk and buffalo. The Grass Family (Poaceae) is the third most species-rich plant family in world, and grasses are often the keystone elements of large and important ecosystems. There are 427 species of grass in New Mexico, so you really need to know how to identify them.

Come learn the terminology and techniques of grass identification with New Mexico agrostologist Kelly Allred at the Sevilleta Field Station near Socorro. Each participant will receive and work with a copy of Kelly’s ‘A Field Guide to the Grasses of New Mexico’. This workshop includes lectures, identification exercises in the lab, and a field trip to the nearby Rio Grande valley and Manzano Mountains.

Registration fee includes two nights dormitory-style lodging at the UNM Sevilleta Research Station.

NPSNM Members: $200

Nonmembers: $225 (includes 1 year NPSNM membership)

Register here or contact Bob Sivinski at

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