NPM Course Level II at Plains Conservation Center - Tuesdays 9/9, 9/16, 9/23 from 8:30 AM to 12:40 PM
Tuesday, September 9, 2014 at 8:30 AM - Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at 12:40 PM (MDT)
Take a Native Plant Master® course at the Plains Conservation Center and experience the wide open prairies of Colorado. Discover fall blooming plants with an emphasis on asters particularly thistles. 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 1 NPM Course at the Plains Conservation Center in June to see what different plants are blooming then! See https://npmcoursepcclevel12014.eventbrite.com.
Instructors: 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 and education for 13 years. She enjoys sharing her love of native plants with audiences of all ages.
Registration: Course size is limited, so register early.
Prerequisite: Successful completion of one prior Native Plant Master course. (For those with a botany background that have not completed a Native Plant Master course, this prerequisite may be waived. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to request a waiver.)
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: 1) Colorado Flora - Eastern Slope, Fourth edition, Weber and Wittmann available at local and online retail outlets and the publisher (800-621-2736) and 2) Colorado Plant Database at http://coloradoplants.jeffco.us.
When to meet: Please arrive at 8:15 AM the first day to receive course materials. Course begins 8:30 AM sharp.
Where to meet: Plains Conservation Center - 21901 E Hampden Ave, Aurora, CO 80018. (303) 693-3621. (See map.) Meet on the deck to the south of the Front Range Guilding. Please park in the lot to the east of the picnic shelter, not directly in front of the Front Range Building.
What to wear: Layered clothing for changing and/or severe weather conditions, hat, sturdy closed-toe footwear (suitable for cactus country), etc. Please come prepared for moderately strenuous walking on hot, cold, windy, rainy or snowy days.
What to bring: Textbook, pencil, hand lens (10x), daypack, water, sack lunch, rain gear, sun and wind protection, personal items you will need, etc.
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.