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Enhance your outdoor experience with environmental education at local open space.

The Foothills to Plains Native Plant Master Group offers different ways to engage and learn about local ecosystems and natural resources with courses geared for novice to advanced learners.

Join us for a Wildflower Walk. Explore native plants and other flora in unique local ecosystems with an experienced guide. Click on the button below to register.

Take a Nature Walk ‘N Talk class. Three evening classes at the 17 Mile House provide an introduction to nature journaling while observing native plants, birds and insects in the field. Click on the button below to register.

Focus classes include: Botany and Common Plant Families, a Keying Practicum, Introduction to Native Plants, Soil Chemistry and Watershed Health, a Weed Walk, and Build your own Native Plant and Pollinator garden. Click on the button below for more information and to register.

Training and Certification in Native Plants

Interested in expanding your knowledge and expertise? Take a Native Plant Master course

Training
Native Plant Master (NPM) courses are offered at various open space parks, State parks and other public open spaces. A pre-requisite course on Botany and Plant Families is strongly recommended. Each 12-hour NPM course is made up of three, four-hour sessions that meet weekly. Native Plant Master courses are taught in the field using living examples of the native flora in Colorado. Topics for each of the sessions in each course include:

  • Session 1: Plant identification with an emphasis on scientific names, families and use of a botanical key.
  • Session 2: Ecological relationships, including non-native plants.
  • Session 3: Landscape, food and other human uses.

2021 NPM courses are open for registration.

Certification

Native Plant Master Volunteer
To become certified as a Native Plant Master volunteer, complete 36 hours of field training in 3 NPM courses. Classes may be taken in any county. After training, educate at least 60 people about Colorado plants within a two year period. Upon successfully completing the training and the volunteer educator commitment, participants are awarded the Native Plant Master certification. Maintain the certification by teaching at least 60 people each year about native plants and reporting contacts. Continuing education is also required. Please click on the button below to apply as a volunteer.

Colorado Flora Certificate

Receive a Colorado Flora certificate after completion of 36 hours of training (3 NPM field classes). No volunteer commitment is required.

NPM Class Enrollment

Already a Native Plant Master volunteer and need to report contacts?


If you have any questions, please contact csu-extension@arapahoegov.com or 303-730-1920