2014 NPM Course at Golden Gate Canyon - Fridays 7/11, 7/18, 7/25 from 8:30 AM to 12:40 PM
Friday, July 11, 2014 at 8:30 AM - Friday, July 25, 2014 at 12:40 PM (MDT)
San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Take a Native Plant Master® course at this multifaceted mountain park with Douglas-fir, aspen, meadow and streamside plant communities. 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: Mariska Hamstra moved to Colorado from the Netherlands in the late nineties and fell in love with this beautiful state. After her first NPM classes in 2010, she became a certified Native Plant Master that same year. Now she likes to share her enthusiasm for Colorado's native flora with just about everyone.
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 available at local and online retail outlets and the publisher (800-621-2736) and 2) Colorado Plant Database at http://coloradoplants.jeffco.us.
When/Where to meet: Meet first time at 8:10 AM at Golden Gate Canyon Park Visitor Center parking lot. Course begins 8:30 AM sharp.
Directions: Take U.S. 6 or Highway 58 west to Highway 93. Turn right (north) on Highway 93 for approximately 1 mile to Golden Gate Canyon road. Turn left and follow Golden Gate Canyon road 13 miles to the Visitor Center.
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. Any liability arising from such arrangements are the participants' sole responsibility.
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.conativeplantmaster.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.