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NPM Course at Deer Creek Canyon - Saturdays, 6/9, 6/16, 6/23; 8:30 AM - 12...

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Deer Creek Canyon Park (meet in the parking lot off Grizzly Dr.)

13896 Grizzly Drive

Littleton, CO 80127

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Take a Native Plant Master® course at Deer Creek Canyon, an open space park with extensive 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.

Trainer: Patti O'Neal is a Horticulturist with Colorado State University Extension. She coordinates the Jefferson County Master Gardener Program. She trains Master Gardener Volunteers in problem solving horticulture issues and skills to teach the public.

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 lpembert@jeffco.us 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. Learn more at www.nativeplantmaster.org. To reduce overlap, take courses in different months and/or lifezones.

Lifezone: Foothills

Required Textbook/Reference: 1) Colorado Flora - Eastern Slope, Fourth edition, Weber and Wittman available through CONPS bookstore (http://conpsbookstore.org), 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 off 13896 Grizzly Drive, Littleton CO 80127 (see map). Course begins 8:30 AM sharp. 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 parking lot.

What to bring: Textbook, pencil, hand lens (approximately 10x), daypack, water, sack lunch, rain gear, sun and wind protection and 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.

Carpooling: Carpooling is strongly encouraged. Contact npmassistant@jeffco.us 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.


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