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Discover! Grasses of South Platte Park - Sun., September 8; 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Sunday, September 8, 2019, 8:30 AM

Would you rather have a root canal than identify grasses? We'll painlessly identify common native and invasive grasses as they grow in South Platte Park. With minimal keying and a focus on visible, recognizable characteristics, you'll leave bolstered in your ability to tell blue grama from side-oats grama, or western wheatgrass from crested wheatgrass.  Trainer: Beth Hanson served as the Education Manager at Hudson Gardens and has been a Naturalist at South Platte Park since 2005.  She has been a Native Plant Master since 2014 and a Native Plant Master trainer since 2015. Life Zone: Plains Required Textbook: A Simplified Guide to Common Colorado Grasses, Janet Wingate, available through CoNPS at https://conps.org/conps-store/ for $3.50.  Optional Text:  There is a free download available through Pawnee Buttes Seed that features many of the grasses we’ll be studying:  https://pawneebuttesseed.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/2016-guide-to-grasses.pdf. When/Where to meet:  Meet at the Carson Nature Center by 8:15, course begins 8:30 PM sharp. Directions: Take C-470 to the Santa Fe (Highway 85) exit. Head north to West Mineral Avenue and turn left (west). Take West Mineral Avenue to South Platte River Parkway and turn right (north). Take South Platte River Parkway to West Carson Drive and turn left (west). The Carson Nature Center will be in front of you. You are welcome to park in the lot labeled "Authorized Vehicles Only" to the left as you pull in. Carpooling is strongly encouraged. Contact npmassistant@jeffco.us if you would like to carpool and your contact information will be shared with others interested in carpooling. Any liability arising from such arrangements are the participants' sole responsibility. What to bring:  Textbook, notebook, pencil, hand lens (approximately 10x), daypack, water, sack lunch, snack, rain gear, sun and wind protection, personal items you will need on the trail where there are no restrooms, etc. The textbook and hand lens can be purchased through the Colorado Native Plant Society at https://conps.org/conps-store/ or any on-line or local area bookstore or scientific supply store.   What to wear:  Layered clothing for changing and/or severe weather conditions and a hat and sunblock for sun protection.  Wear secure footwear that can potentially get wet or muddy.  Please come prepared for moderately strenuous walking on hot, cold, windy, rainy or snowy days.  Native Plant Master/Colorado Flora Certificate:  To learn more, click here. Carpooling:  Carpooling is strongly encouraged.  Contact npmassistant@jeffco.us if you would like to carpool and your contact information will be shared with others interested in carpooling.  Any liability arising from such arrangements are the participants' sole responsibility.  The location of this class is 1 block from the Mineral Light Rail Station. Inclement Weather/Illness:  In the rare circumstance that a session must be cancelled, you will be notified by phone and/or email message as soon as possible by the trainer. In case of cancellation, the make up session will be on September 29.

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