2013 NPM Course at Lookout Mountain Nature Center - Sun -5/19, 5/26, 6/2 - 8:30 AM to 12:40 PM
Take a Native Plant Master® course and discover Colorado wildflowers, trees and shrubs as you explore trails in this natural area. During three outdoor field sessions, you will learn common and scientific names, ecological relationships and human uses of 40 - 50 plants. You will also develop skills in using family features and a botanical key to identify plants. Course includes special emphasis on natives useful for landscaping and alien invasives that threaten native ecosystems.
Instructor: Since 2006, Alicia Vermilye has worked at Lookout Mountain Nature Center. There she enjoys learning about the world around her and interpreting that knowledge to share with others. When she was little, Alicia turned over rocks and trampled through the flowers in pursuit of finding any living creature. As an adult, she still over turns rocks but now with the help of Native Plant Masters she walks gently through the flowers. She has two Bachelor degrees one in Economics and the other in Wildlife Conservation and Management from Missouri State University.
Registration: Course size is limited, so register early.
Prerequisite: Basic Botany Class is recommended for those who would like to refresh their botanical knowledge and is required for those who have minimal background in botany. Contact email@example.com for questions.
Native Plant Master: All participants who pass three NPM courses will receive a Colorado Flora Certificate. For accepted volunteers, this course counts toward certification as a Native Plant Master. For more information on the volunteer program, see www.conativeplantmaster.org. To reduce overlap, take courses in different months and/or lifezones.
Required Textbook/Reference: Colorado Flora - Eastern Slope, Fourth edition, Weber and Wittmann and Colorado Plant Database at http://coloradoplants.jeffco.us.
When/Where to meet: Meet first time at 8:10 AM at Lookout Mountain Nature Center. Course begins 8:30 AM sharp.
What to bring: Textbook, pencil, hand lens (approximately 10x), daypack, water, sack lunch, rain gear, sun and wind protection, personal items you will need on the trail where there are no restrooms, etc.
What to wear: Layered clothing for changing and/or severe weather conditions, sturdy footwear, hat, etc. Please come prepared for moderately strenuous walking on hot, cold, windy, rainy or snowy days.
CSU Extension Native Plant Master Program – Metro-to-Mountain Group
The mission of the Native Plant Master Program is to educate the public about native plants in order to foster stewardship, sustainable landscaping and management of weeds that threaten native ecosystems. See www.nativeplantmaster.org.
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