Grass Identification Workshops

This pair of workshops is designed to remove the frustration and dissatisfaction of using identification keys for wild grass species. Participants are expected to have some experience with grass identification but the workshops include a refresher on terminology and how to examine a grass plant. A dissecting microscope will be available for each participant.

Both workshops will be at the Field Naturalists Hall near Blackburn Railway Station, 2-5 pm on Saturdays.

Workshop 1 on 14/12/19 begins with an introduction, then a focus on spear-grasses and other stipoids (Austrostipa, Nassella etc.).

Workshop 2 on 21/12/19 has a focus on wallaby-grasses (Rytidosperma) followed by an opportunity to practice ID of other grasses, including specimens brought in by participants.

The workshops will be led by Dr Graeme Lorimer. The stellar supporting tutors will be Dr Matt Dell, Ian Clarke (author of 'Name Those Grasses') and/or Neville Walsh, depending on how many participants enrol.

New identification keys for stipoids and wallaby-grasses will be provided and participants will also be tutored in using the online keys in 'VicFlora'.

With all this, plus the delight of finally being able to identify those pesky grasses and being surrounded by likeminded people, how could you not have fun!


Course fees are not due until your application is successful. Then, the cost will be:

  • $250 + $25 GST = $275 total, or
  • $200 including GST with proof of Austudy.
  • The fee includes 6 contact hours, course notes, identification keys and afternoon teas.

    How to apply

    Click here to apply online by 18/10/19. If too many people apply, a random ballot will be run and the outcome will be announced the following week. No payment is needed until your application is successful.

    If you can't apply online, ring (03) 9876 6415.