2014 NPM Course Level 1 at Plains Conservation Center - Tuesdays 6/10, 6/17 and 6/24 from 8:30 AM to 12:40 PM
Tuesday, June 10, 2014 at 8:30 AM - Tuesday, June 24, 2014 at 12:40 PM (MDT)
San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Take a Native Plant Master® course at the Plains Conservation Center and experience the wide open prairies of Colorado. Discover Colorado wildflowers, shrubs and some grasses 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.
Consider also taking the Level II NPM Course in September at the Plains Conservation Center to see what different plants are blooming then! See https://npmcoursepcclevel22014.eventbrite.com.
Instructor: Joy Thompson is a natural resource specialist with the City of Aurora’s Parks, Recreation and Open Space Department. Joy graduated from Colorado State University with a degree in Biological Sciences and has been working in the field of environmental interpretation for 13 years. She has been a volunteer trainer for the Native Plant Master Program for 7 years.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.nativeplantmaster.org. To reduce overlap, take courses in different months and/or lifezones.
Required Textbook/Reference: 1) Colorado Flora - Eastern Slope, Fourth edition, Weber and Wittmann and 2) Colorado Plant Database at http://coloradoplants.jeffco.us.
When/Where to meet: Meet first time at 8:10 AM at Plains Conservation Center - 21901 E. Hampden Avenue, Aurora, CO 80018, (303) 693-3621 (see map) on the deck to the south of the Front Range Building. Course begins 8:30 AM sharp. Please park in parking lot east of the picnic shelter and not directly in front of the Front Range Building.
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.
Carpooling: Carpooling is strongly encouraged. Contact email@example.com if you would like to carpool and your contact information will be shared with others interested in carpooling.
When & Where
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.
Colorado State University Extension provides information and education and encourages the application of research-based knowledge in response to local, state and national issues affecting individuals, youth, families, agricultural enterprises and communities of Colorado. Extension programs are available to all without discrimination. Colorado State University Extension, U.S. Department of Agriculture and Colorado counties cooperating. If you have a disability for which you seek accommodation, please notify firstname.lastname@example.org at least 30 days before the event.