This two-day course is intended to teach natural resource professionals the skills necessary to identify any New England grass species (Family Poaceae) using Gleason and Cronquist’s Manual of Vascular Plants; this text is the only complete and accurate taxonomic key available for this family. A combination of lecture and laboratory instruction will be used to familiarize participants with this challenging group. Instruction will focus on understanding and recognizing the unique morphology of grasses, and mastering technical terminology. Participants will gain experience identifying species through carefully-guided dissection of native specimens. Participants of all experience levels are encouraged to attend but some prior botanical experience is strongly recommended. There are two required texts for this course: Manual of Vascular Plants of Northeastern United States and Adjacent Canada, 2nd Edition by H. A. Gleason and A. Cronquist (1991, The New York Botanical Garden Press www.nybgshop.org; ISBN-13: 978-0893273651; ISBN-10: 0893273651) and How to Identify Grasses and Grasslike Plants by H.D. Harrington (1977, Swallow Press; ISBN-10: 0804007462; ISBN-13: 978-0804007467). You are asked to purchase both books from your preferred bookseller and bring them to the course, along with a hand lens. All other supplies will be provided.