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NPM Course at East Portal - Tuesdays 7/18, 7/25 and 8/1; 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Tue, Jul 18, 2017, 8:30 AM – Tue, Aug 1, 2017, 12:30 PM MDT
Take a Native Plant Master® course at this diverse area, the gateway to the James Peak Wilderness with subalpine fir, aspen, meadow and streamside plant communities. During three outdoor field sessions, you will learn common and scientific names, ecological relationships and human uses of 40 - 50 wildflowers, trees and/or shrubs. 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: Irene Shonle is the Extension Director for Gilpin County and is the Vice President of the Colorado Native Plant Society. She maintains a native plant demonstration garden at the Gilpin Extension Office and uses them extensively in her own garden.
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 email@example.com 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: Montane to Subalpine
Required Textbook/Reference: 1) Colorado Flora - Eastern Slope, Fourth edition, Weber and Wittman available through Colorado Native Plant Society (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 8:10 AM at the trailhead at East Portal. Course begins at 8:30 AM sharp. Directions: Take Colorado Highway 119 to Rollinsville, turn west onto the gravel Tolland Road (Gilpin County Road 16) and continue eight miles to the Moffat Tunnel. A large parking area is availalbe at the East Portal Trailhead.
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.
Carpooling: Carpooling is strongly encouraged. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org 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.