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NPM Course on Wetland/Riparian Plants - Mondays, 6/19, 7/10, 8/7; 8:30 AM -...
Mon, Jun 19, 2017, 8:30 AM – Mon, Aug 7, 2017, 12:30 PM MDT
Take a Native Plant Master® course at this multifaceted riverside park with streamside plant communities. Learn the identity and lifestyles of Colorado native rushes, sedges, grasses and shrubs of the Front Range as you explore wetlands and riparian areas of South Platte Park along the South Platte River. 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: Skot Latona is the Supervisor of South Platte Park and a Certified Interpretive Guide and Trainer. He has worked at South Platte Park since 1998. Beth Hanson served as the Education Manager at Hudson Gardens and has been a Naturalist at South Platte since 2005.
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.
Required Textbook/Reference: 1) Colorado Flora - Eastern Slope, Fourth edition, Weber and Wittman available through CONPS 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.
Optional Textbook/Reference: 1) Field Guide to Colorado's Wetland Plants by Culver and Lemly - available as a free app from the playstore Colorado Wetlands Mobile Application or as a free download: http://www.cnhp.colostate.edu/cwic/documents/WetlandPlantsOfColorado_P1.pdf and http://www.cnhp.colostate.edu/cwic/documents/WetlandPlantsOfColorado_P2.pdf or published paperback from: https://conps.org/conps-store/;
2) Field Guide to Intermountain Rushes - free download: http://www.fs.fed.us/rm/pubs_int/int_gtr306.pdf
3) Field Guide to Intermountain Sedges free download: https://www.fs.fed.us/rm/pubs/rmrs_gtr010.pdf
4) Flora of Colorado, Ackerfield 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 first time at 8:15 AM at the Carson Nature Center, 3000 W Carson Dr., Littleton CO 80120. Course begins 8:30 AM sharp. Directions: Take C-470 to the Santa Fe (Highway 85) exit. Head north to West Mineral Avenue and turn left (west). Take West Mineral Avenue to South Platte River Parkway and turn right (north). Take South Platte River Parkway to West Carson Drive and turn left (west). The Carson Nature Center will be in front of you. Parking will be to the left as you approach the building in the lot marked "authorized vehicles only."
What to bring: Textbook, pencil, hand lens (approximately 10x), daypack, water, sack lunch, snack, rain gear, sun and wind protection, personal items you will need on the trail where there are no restrooms, etc. As we will be in and around water, remember to bring the bug spray and sun screen. The textbook and hand lens can be purchased through the Colorado Native Plant Society (https://conps.org/conps-store) or any on-line or local area bookstore or scientific supply store.
What to wear: Layered clothing for changing and/or severe weather conditions and a hat for sun protection. A layer of long pant/long sleeves may be advisable for mosquitoes at times. Wear secure footwear that can potentially get wet or muddy in or next to wetland areas: hiking shoes, waterproof boots or old tennis shoes are best; rubber boots or waders are not necessary. Some students have elected to carry sport sandals or secure watershoes (not flipflops or crocs) for an occasional optional foray into water, but wetlands are accessed by walking off-trail in upland vegegation so they are not appropriate for full-time wear. 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. The location of this course is 1 block from the Mineral Light Rail Station.
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 one week after the cancelled session (June 26, July 17 and Aug. 8).