Have you always wanted to learn about the wildflowers of Colorado and about native landscaping? If so, consider taking the Native Plant Master course offered through Colorado State University Extension in Larimer County. We are accepting applications for the 2017 courses. This is a fun way to spend three mornings in an “outdoor classroom” along trails in natural areas and open spaces getting to know the plants of Colorado.

The Native Plant Master Program offers courses that include 12 hours of field instruction in plant identification, the use of native plants in sustainable landscapes and the impact of noxious weeds. Participants also learn scientific names, plant families and the use of a botanical key.

Courses will be held at Red Mountain Open Space, Horsetooth Mountain Park, and Lory State Park. For more information and to obtain an application, visit the CSU Larimer County Extension web page at http://larimer.colostate.edu/ or contact the Extension office at 970-498-6000. Applications are due by March 15.

People are using what they learn in the NPM Program. Participants have gone on to create sustainable landscapes featuring native plants that require less water, fertilizer, pesticides and maintenance. Participants learn about invasive non-native weeds that threaten Colorado’s wealth of natural beauty, its wildlife and the economy.

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