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NPM Course at Reynolds Park - Saturdays July 7/14, 7/21, 7/28; 8:30 AM to 1...

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Reynolds Park - Meet in the main paved parking lot.

13577 County Road 97

Conifer, CO 80433

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Take a Native Plant Master® course at Reynolds Park, a diverse open space park that hosts both streamside and upland plant communities. 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: Jean Nelson is a native of Colorado and has developed an appreciation of the fauna and flora of our region from camping, fishing and hiking in the West since she was a child. A banker by profession, Jean enjoys volunteering as a NPM Trainer and sharing her knowledge with others.

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: Montane

Required Textbook/Reference: 1) Colorado Flora - Eastern Slope, Fourth edition, Weber and Wittmann 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 the main paved parking lot adjance to the public restrooms. Course starts at 8:30 am sharp. Directions: Follow US 285 southwest past Conifer and to right exit onto Highway 97 (Kennedy Gulch Rd), turn left onto S Foxton Rd (County Rd 97). Drive 5 miles to large marked paved parking lot on the right side of the road. (This parking lot is near the north end of the park. Elkhorn trail starts here.)

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 at www.conps.org/Bookstore or any on-line or local area bookstore.

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 n arrangements are the participants' sole responsibility.

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