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    Eagle CO 81631-0239 


Native Plant Master Program

Native Plant Master Logo Native Plant Master Program™
If you've always wanted to know more about Colorado’s beautiful plants, learn how to use them in your landscape or be able to distinguish natives from noxious weeds, you might want to consider becoming a Native Plant Master.
Participants learn about plant identification, ecology, landscaping and other human uses of native plants. This award-winning program is sponsored by Colorado State University Extension in Eagle County. Courses are taught in the field using living examples of Colorado flora. 

The Native Plant Master™ Course class will help you:  

  • Discover how noxious weeds threaten native plants and wildlife.
  • Learn interesting facts and uses of some Colorado native plants.
  • Find some landscape uses for Colorado native plants.
  • Learn how to use a key and botanical field guide to identify wild plants.
  • Interact with others who share your love of Colorado’s native flora.

The 2016 Native Plant Master™ 

Eagle County Native Pant Master Program will hold a class this fall with emphasis on identifying grasses and common weeds found in the Eagle County.  This class is designed for beginner botanists, and will focus on teaching key characteristics of grasses and weeds as well as learning to identify common traits of many common plant families. Identifying grasses is difficult, however, with some practice, successful participants in this course will learn how to use botanical terms and identify botanical features that will help them identify plant families and individual species in the field.  

When: Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on September 8, September 15, and September 22nd. Classes are outside and will be held in three different locations, the CSU Extension office, Duck Pond outside Gypsum, and Walking Mountains Science Center in Avon. 
The cost is $100 and registration is online at: Eventbrite . Space is limited. 

Note: Courses can be moderately strenuous, and may require walking on steep inclines on wet, rough and slippery footing during windy, cold, hot, rainy or snowy days.
If you have a disability for which you seek accommodation, please notify 3 weeks before the event. 

See our calendar for future horticulture classes, workshops and horticulture events. 

Extension programs are available to all without discrimination.  Colorado State University does not discriminate based on race, age, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression.

Why Native Plants?
Colorado has a wealth of native plants, colorful wildflowers, grasses, shrubs, and trees which are well-adapted to our variable climate, soils, temperatures and elevations.
The Colorado Native Plant Society www.conps.org recommends the use of native plants in landscaping, both because of their adaptability and because Colorado has a  unique regional horticulture worth promoting and protecting.