Course Details

The registration fee includes the educational program, a CD of PowerPoint presentations, course manuals, laboratory sessions and related course materials, other supplies and daily refreshment breaks.  Three lunches and three dinners are also included in the registration. 

Lodging at either Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch  or La Quinta Inn & Suites is not included in the registration fee.

Please contact Sandra McDonald, Course Coordinator, for additional information at 970-266-9573 or

Once payment is received, confirmation will be mailed or e-mailed within 7 days.  Because of the popularity of earlier Short Courses, we suggest you wait for the confirmation letter before making any travel arrangements.  
The Organizing Committee builds the final agenda based on a pre-course survey of the registered participants to  assess specific areas of participant interest.  The pre-course survey will not be sent to participants until they have completed the registration process.

Interactive sessions include:

  • Classroom lecture
  • Educational games
  • Field plots
  • Facilitated discussion   
  • Hands-on demonstration   
  • Live weed and herbicide symptomology specimens   
  • Small group projects   
  • Time for individual interaction with instructors

List of Instructors

The Short Course is taught by outstanding trainers representing the Western Society of Weed Science.   

  • Andrew Kniss – Herbicide Mode-of-Action & Symptomology; University of Wyoming Weed Specialist
  • Sandra McDonald – Applicator Safety; Labels; Formulations; Public Perception, Mountain West PEST
  • Tim Miller - Weed Identification & Management, Washington State University, Weed Specialist
  • Scott Nissen - Herbicide Mode-of-Action & Symptomology; Restoration, CSU Weed Specialist
  • Corey Ransom - Weed Inventory and Mapping Techniques; Utah State University Weed Specialist

Short Course Policies

Enrollment is limited (30 participants) and will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis.  Registration requests received after the first 30 will be placed on a waiting list.

Individuals who are not able to enroll in 2019 Short Course will be placed on a waiting list and will be given first priority for enrollment in the 2020 Short Course.

In the event of insufficient enrollment, the Organizing Committee reserves the right to cancel the course and provide a full refund to registrants.

Register early as spaces in this course fills quickly!  All registration cancellations will be subject to the following limitations:

  • Short course registration cancellations received in writing by April 3 will be refunded less a $50 service fee.  No course refunds will be made after April 2, but paid no-shows will receive all course materials.
  •  Substitutions can be made at any time (less a $25.00 service fee), preferably with advance notice.

A disability or dietary restriction will be accommodated to the extent possible if requested prior to the Short Course.

The Organizing Committee reserves the right to reorder sessions or substitute a session and to change instructors.  Every effort will be made to notify participants of any changes or cancellations.

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Upcoming Course

2019 Western Invasive Weed Short Course
April 15-18, 2019

Registration will open in Fall 2018.

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