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Roxborough State Park

4751 Roxborough Drive

Littleton, CO 80125

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Take a Native Plant Master® course at this state park with stunning red rock views and diverse plant communities. Explore the Gambel oak forest and wildflower-bordered trails during three outdoor field sessions where 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: Sue Schleuder and Jackie Sanderson have been co-teaching NPM classes for 7 years and enjoy sharing plants with the community.

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 Text (Choose One): 1) Colorado Flora - Eastern Slope, Fourth edition, Weber and Wittmann, OR 2) Flora of Colorado, Ackerfield. Required Materials: hand lens (approximately 10x.) Texts and lens available through the Colorado Native Plant Society's bookstore (https://conps.org/conps-store), local and online retail outlets or the publisher.

When/Where to meet: Meet at 3:15 PM outside the main Visitor Center as class begins at 3:30 PM sharp. The Visitor Center is approximately 1.5 miles in on Roxborough Park Road. Bring park pass or purchase daily pass at the Kiosk at the park entrance ($7 per car). The fee for this class does not include this. Restrooms are at the Visitor Center.

Directions from Wadsworth and C-470: Take Wadsworth south past Chatfield State Park. Turn left on Waterton Road (just before the entrance to Lockheed Martin.) Continue on Waterton Road—crossing the South Platte River, until it ends at North Rampart Range Road (1.6 miles) Turn right (south) on North Rampart Range Road. Continue south past Roxborough Village and the Foothills Water Treatment Plant. (2.3 miles) At the intersection of North Rampart Range Road and Roxborough Park Road (just before the entrance to Arrowhead golf course), turn left onto Roxborough Park Road. Take the next right on East Roxborough Drive(about 50 yards away) to enter the park. Directions from Santa Fe and C-470: Head south on Santa Fe (Highway 85) to Titan Road. (4.2 miles south of C-470 intersection) Turn right (west) on Titan Road. Continue heading west on Titan Road. It will curve and begin to head south—becoming North Rampart Range Road (3 miles). Continue south on North Rampart Range Road past Roxborough Village and the Foothills Water Treatment Plant (3.5 miles). At the intersection of North Rampart Range Road and Roxborough Park Road, turn left onto Roxborough Park Road. Take the next right on East Roxborough Drive(about 50 yards away) to enter the park.

What to bring: Textbook, pencil, hand lens, daypack, water, sack dinner, 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, you will be informed of a possible make-up date.

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