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Sedge Identification (In-person)

Schedule and location

Thursday, June 17, 2021, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Gateway to Tree Science Visitor Station, Parking Lot 8

Fees and registration

(Fees include admission to the Arboretum)
$85 member
$100 guest
BY PHONE: 630-719-2468 ( Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.)

Course description

Learn to identify the sedges, a diverse and ecologically important group of plants. These plants form a critical component of forest understories, dry prairies, wetlands, sedge meadows, and other habitats and can be important wetland indicators.  Join Dr. Andrew Hipp, plant systematist and herbarium curator at The Morton Arboretum and author of Field Guide to Wisconsin Sedges to learn the key characteristics to distinguish this group and discover species that will be suitable for your restoration site, natural area, or property.  We’ll focus primarily on Carex, the largest genus of sedges.

This one-day workshop consists of an intensive, hands-on day of field study, for plant enthusiasts who are new to sedge identification but have previous experience with plant identification.  Practice identifying sedges in the field, both by overall appearance and by identifiable characters that are readily identifiable with a 10x hand lens. Use keys from the Field Guide to Wisconsin Sedges to practice identifying species in the field while discussing their habitat affinities.  Plan on being ready to walk approximately 5 miles over uneven terrain and to explore wet and muddy ground, botanizing as you go.

Covid-19 Safety:

  • If you are unwell, or have been in contact with someone who is unwell in the last two weeks, you must stay home. A full refund will be issued on request.
  • Participants must wear face masks. Face masks are required while participating in Arboretum adult learning programs.
  • Maintain a distance of six feet from others whenever possible.
  • For more information on the Arboretum’s guidelines, please watch the video at https://www.mortonarb.org/visit-explore/plan-visit/know-you-go-visit-information.

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Dr. Andrew Hipp, senior scientist and herbarium curator, The Morton Arboretum

Andrew Hipp is the Plant Systematist and Herbarium Curator at The Morton Arboretum and author of Field Guide to Wisconsin Sedges.

Course details


  • Held entirely outdoors. Please dress for the weather each day, including long sleeves, long pants, sun protection, and sturdy, waterproof boots (or shoes that can get wet) that go to your knees for walking several miles over uneven terrain and in wet areas.
  • Please bring a sack lunch, water, snacks, and a 10x hand lens. A backpack or shoulder bag to carry your supplies with you and materials for taking notes outdoors will come in handy.
  • The required text, Field Guide to Wisconsin Sedges, is available in the Arboretum Store.
  • Limit 10