Become a Colorado Native Plant Master Through Colorado State Cooperative Extension

Is that plant native or noxious? Distinguishing native plants from noxious weeds is just one of the skills that participants learn in the Native Plant Master program, sponsored by Colorado State University Cooperative Extension in multiple counties throughout the state. The field-based courses are held on local open space parks and other public and private lands. Courses focus on plant identification with an emphasis on scientific names and families, use of a botanical key, ecology, ethnobotany, landscaping and other human uses.

Registration is limited. Applications are due by March 15. The cost is $90 per course with each course consisting of three, four-hour sessions. The cost is reduced to $50 per course for participants who agree to teach at least 10 people per year per course in public programs about Colorado plants. Participants who pass three courses and satisfy the teaching requirement become certified Native Plant Masters.

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