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NPM Course at Deer Creek Canyon Park - Fridays 5/19, 5/26 and 6/2; 8:30AM -...
Fri, May 19, 2017, 8:30 AM – Fri, Jun 2, 2017, 12:30 PM MDT
Take a Native Plant Master® course at Deer Creek Canyon, an open space park dominated by Gambel oak forests and foothills meadows. Learn fun facts about 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.
Instructors: Terri Sage retired from the Natural Resources Conservation Service after a career as a Soil Conservationist and Wildlife Biologist. She holds a Master of Science and has been a Native Plant Master volunteer since 2002. Amy Flanagan retired after a career in aerospace to pursue a lifetime hobby of gardening. She has been a Master Gardener for 5 years and a Native Plant Master volunteer for 3 years. She spent several gardening seasons teaching gardening to children and adults with special needs.
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. Click here to learn more. To reduce overlap, take courses in different months and/or lifezones.
Required Textbook/Reference: 1) Colorado Flora - Eastern Slope, Fourth edition, Weber and Wittman available through Colorado Native Plant Society bookstore (https://conps.org/conps-store), 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 8:15 AM at parking lot at 13896 Grizzly Drive, Littleton CO 80127. Course begins 8:30 AM sharp. PLEASE NOTE DIRECTIONS NOW as you will not receive further notice: From C-470, take the Kipling exit southbound, turn west (right) on West Ute Avenue, then west (right) on Deer Creek Canyon Road. Turn left on Grizzly Drive, then right into the park.
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. Please come prepared for moderately strenuous walking on hot, cold, windy, rainy or snowy days. The textbook and hand lens can be purchased through the Colorado Native Plant Society (https://conps.org/conps-store) or any on-line or local area bookstore.
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.