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Wetland/Riparian Plants of the Front Range - Thurs., August 15; 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Thursday, August 15, 2019, 3:30 PM

Immerse yourself in a tour of the marshes and stream sides of this suburban open space park to discover Colorado rushes, sedges, grasses and shrubs of the Front Range.  We will cover a lot of plants in a short time, as well as discuss both successes and lessons learned in wetland and riparian management and restoration.  There is a 3-session version of this course that qualifies for certification credit and provides a more in-depth discussion with these plants.  You will also develop skills in using family features and a botanical key to identify plants.  Trainer:  Skot Latona is the Supervisor of South Platte Park and a Certified Interpretive Guide and Trainer. He has worked at South Platte Park since 1998.  Beth Hanson served as the Education Manager at Hudson Gardens and has been a Naturalist at South Platte since 2005. Prerequisite:  Basic Botany Class is recommended for those who would like to refresh their botanical knowledge and is required for those who have minimal background in botany. Contact lvernon@jeffco.us for questions. Optional Textbook/References:  1) Flora of Colorado, Jennifer Ackerfield, 2015 Edition available through the Colorado Native Plant Society's bookstore (https://conps.org/conps-store), local and online retail outlets. 2)  Colorado Flora - Eastern Slope, Fourth edition, Weber and Wittman available through CONPS bookstore (https://conps.org/conps-store), local and online retail outlets and the publisher (800-621-2736);  3) Colorado Plant Database at http://coloradoplants.jeffco.us. 4)  Field Guide to Intermountain Rushes - free download: http://www.fs.fed.us/rm/pubs_int/int_gtr306.pdf;  5) Field Guide to Intermountain Sedges free download: https://www.fs.fed.us/rm/pubs/rmrs_gtr010.pdf 6) Field Guide to Colorado's Wetland Plants - available as a free download or app from the PlayStore and Apple App Store: https://cnhp.colostate.edu/cwic/library/field-guides/ or published paperback from: https://conps.org/conps-store/. When/Where to meet:  Meet at the Carson Nature Center by 8:20, course begins 8:30 AM 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.   What to bring:  Textbook, 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.  As we will be in and around water, remember to bring the bug spray and sun screen.  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:  Due to the damage that a group of students can create in wet soil conditions, much of this course is taught from the wetland fringe where you are more likely to encounter cheat grass seeds than to wade in water. Sturdy shoes for walking on uneven ground for several miles, that can also potentially get muddy, are best. Sandals, rubber boots, waders are discouraged. Mosquitoes may be present so cover up or bring repellent. Prepare for hot and humid temperatures by dressing in layers and having a large-brimmed hat.  Native Plant Master/Colorado Flora Certificate:  This class does not count towards the Colorado Flora Certifcate nor the Native Plant Master Certification.  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

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