Course Details

Course Details:  The registration fee provides each attendee with the educational program, an electronic version of PowerPoint presentations, course manuals, laboratory sessions and related course materials, other supplies and daily refreshment breaks.  Instructors will be available throughout the Short Course. 

Monday, April 15, 2019 – Check-in and Registration begins at 3:00 pm.  Please plan to be registered by 4:00 pm.  On Monday evening after registration, the participants will join instructors for a "Weed Walk."  Tuesday, April 16, and Wednesday, April 17, will be full day sessions.  Tuesday evening will include a group picnic and games night.  The games will all have a weed-related theme.  The workshop is scheduled to be completed on Thursday, April 18 at 4:00 pm.  A tentative course agenda is developed; but will change based on the participant surveys. 

Lodging at either Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch  or La Quinta Inn & Suites is not included in the registration fee.  Participants are responsible for their own lodging reservations and payment. If you are tax exempt, please provide a copy of your tax number at the time of registration.  Breakfast is included at both Sylvan Dale and La Quinta.  

Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch - Please call 970-667-3915; the group code is “Western Weed.” Singles rooms are $110/night + tax; double rooms are $90.00/night/person + tax.

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

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.  This year emphasis will be placed on "weed look-a-likes" and the impact of weeds on pollinator and wildlife habitat.

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
  • ​Irene Shonle - Native and Non-Native Plants; Colorado State University

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 1 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.

Upcoming Course

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

Registration is open.


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