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NPM Course at Golden Gate Canyon - Fridays, 7/7, 7/14, 7/21; 8:30 AM - 12:3...

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Golden Gate Canyon State Park (meet at visitor center parking lot)

92 Crawford Gulch Rd

Golden, CO 80403

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Take a Native Plant Master® course at this diverse state park with Douglas-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 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: Mariska Hamstra has a background in chemistry but has grown a passion for Colorado's native flora since moving here from the Netherlands in 1998. She's taken many plant-related classes including field botany and vascular plant taxonomy.

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 lvernon@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: Montane

Required Textbook/Materials: 1) Colorado Flora - Eastern Slope, Fourth edition, Weber and Wittmann 2) hand lens (approximately 10x.) 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.scientific outlet or the publisher (800-621-2736).

When/Where to meet: Meet first time at 8:15 AM at Golden Gate Canyon Park Visitor Center parking lot, 92 Crawford Gulch Rd, Golden CO 80403. Course begins 8:30 AM sharp. Bring park pass or purchase daily pass on site. The fee for this class does not include this. 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, 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 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.

Inclement Weather/Illness: In the rare circumstance that a session must be cancelled, you will be notified by phone and/or email message as soon as possible by the trainer. In case of cancellation, the make up session will be on July 28.

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