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Native Plant Master Alpine Course

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June 3 @ 9:00 am 12:00 pm

Join us for an intensive look at the plants that have adapted to live where trees cannot survive in this Native Plant Master Alpines course.

The Alpines course consists of three outdoor field sessions, two at Betty Ford Alpine Gardens and one on Loveland Pass. The classes will take place from 9 am to noon on Fridays, June 3rd, 10th, and 17th. Please ensure you are able to attend all 3 classes. The classes are taught by alpine plant experts, Nanette Kuich and Emily Griffoul from Betty Ford Alpine Gardens. You will discover how to identify 40 – 50 alpine plants using botanical keys and family features and observe their ecological relationships with this harsh environment. The course costs $100 which covers the books and materials. Those without any background knowledge of botany will need to complete the online NPM Basic Botany class prior to the start of the Alpines course. You will be able to indicate whether you need to take the online Basic Botany class when you purchase your ticket.

This Alpines course can count as one of the three required courses to complete the Colorado Flora Certificate. See below for more details.

Colorado Flora Certificate – If you pass the optional final exam for each of 3 NPM curriculum courses you will be awarded a Colorado Flora Certificate recognizing this achievement. The Alpines course is the only NPM course being offered in Eagle County this year but those wishing to complete their Colorado Flora Certificate will be able to do so in 2023.

Certified Native Plant Master – There is an optional volunteer certification track. To become a certified Native Plant Master, you must apply and be accepted to the volunteer program. Contact Denyse Schrenker at denyse.schrenker@eaglecounty.us if you are interested in this option.

Learn more about the Native Plant Master program at https://conativeplantmaster.colostate.edu/

The Native Plant Master® (NPM) Program is an award winning, non-credit, educational program offered by various county Extension offices through the state’s land-grant institution. Colorado State University Extension operates the flagship Native Plant Master Program and is partnering with Betty Ford Alpine Gardens to offer this Alpines course.

Contact Denyse Schrenker at denyse.schrenker@eaglecounty.us with questions about the course or registration.

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