Wildflowers of Green Mountain - Wed, May 31, 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Join us for a entry-level morning exploration of Green Mountain in west Lakewood. We will look at wildflowers, shrubs and trees that are along the trail and learn how to identify plants using Janet Wingate's book that offers an easy introduction to keying.
Trainer: Celia Greenman has taught on the plants of Green Mountain as a Native Plant Master Trainer since 2011 and been a Master Gardener since 2004.
Required Textbook/Reference: Text 1 - Rocky Mountain Flower Finder (wildflowers below treeline) by Janet Wingate. Text 2 - A wildflower guide with photos. Possible guides would be: Meet the Natives by Pesman and Johnson; or Wildflowers of Red Rocks Park by Jan and Charlie Turner. Purchase through the Colorado Native Plant Society (https://conps.org/conps-store) or any on-line or local area bookstore.
Optional Textbook: 1) Colorado Flora - Eastern Slope, 4th edition, Weber and Wittmann; 2) Colorado Flora, Jennifer Ackerfield. Purchase through the Colorado Native Plant Society (https://conps.org/conps-store) or any on-line or local area bookstore.
When and Where to meet: Meet at 8:15 AM as the class begins 8:30 AM sharp at Hayden Green Mountain Park Trailhead/Florida parking lot, on Alameda Parkway in Lakewood. PLEASE NOTE DIRECTIONS NOW as they will not be sent otherwise: If coming from west 6th Ave, take the Simms-Union Blvd exit and go south about 1 mile to Alameda Parkway. Go approximately 1.7 miles SW (right) at the intersection to the Hayden trailhead parking lot on Alameda (on the right, just past a rise in the road and across from West Florida Drive). If coming from C470, go east on Alameda Parkway about 1.5 mi to the intersection of S. Bear Creek Blvd, then continue NE on Alameda about .7 mi to the Hayden trailhead parking lot on your left.
What to bring: Required Textbooks, a clipboard is handy, a pencil, hand lens (approximately 10x), a camera, daypack, water, snack, rain gear, sun and wind protection, personal items you will need on the trail where there are no restrooms.
What to wear: Layered clothing for changing and/or severe weather conditions, sturdy footwear, hat, etc. Please come prepared for moderately strenuous walking on hot, cold, windy, rainy or snowy days.
Native Plant Master: This class does not count towards Colorado Flora Certificate or certification as a Native Plant Master. To learn more, click here.
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.