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2018 Training sessions announced!

The Wisconsin Rare Plant Monitoring Program gives plant enthusiasts an opportunity to conduct surveys for rare plants around the state. The information these volunteers collect is used to assess plant population trends during state and national conservation efforts.

Program participants are trained in surveying techniques, including how to accurately estimate large plant populations, assess habitat condition, and use GPS coordinates to locate and mark rare plant populations. Plant identification training will not be provided.

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Cleft phlox is one of the rare plants volunteers can search for. Photo credit: Kevin Doyle.

Free training sessions will be held at four locations around the state. All first-time participants must attend one session before they begin monitoring. Learn about the program, including what it takes to be a volunteer. Then register for a training session. If you have already taken the training, contact the Program Coordinator (email | 608-267-9788) to schedule your 2018 surveys.

2018 training sessions:

Necedah National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center FULL
Necedah, Juneau County
Saturday, March 17, 10:00am-2:00pm

Beaver Creek Reserve FULL
Fall Creek, Eau Claire County
Held during Wisconsin Summit for Natural Resources Volunteers Conference.
Must register for conference to attend training.
Thursday, March 22, 1:00-5:00pm

Ruth Culver Community Library FULL
Prairie du Sac, Sauk County
Saturday, March 31, 10:00am-2:00pm

Burlington Public Library FULL
Burlington, Racine County
Saturday, April 7, 10:00-2:00pm

To register for a training session, visit the Training Opportunities page. Questions? Contact Kevin Doyle by phone (608-267-9788) or email (kevinf.doyle@wisconsin.gov).

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