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Native Plant Master Course at Chatfield Farms

Chatfield Farms

This course is open to the public and no volunteering is required. 


Denver Botanic Gardens and CSU Extension's Native Plant Master Program are cosponsoring a Native Plant Master® course at Chatfield Farms for the first time in several years. Natives are not just for wild spaces anymore! Incorporate native bloomers into your home landscape. Enjoy the beauty of the gardens at Chatfield Farms which showcase many regional natives. During three outdoor field sessions, you will learn common and scientific names, ecological relationships and human uses of 40-50 plants. You will also develop skills in using family features and a botanical key to identify plants. Course includes special emphasis on natives useful for landscaping and alien invasives that threaten native ecosystems.

Please visit m2mnativeplantmaster.org to explore other Native Plant Master offerings or sign up to get class announcements.


Price: $95, general public


Instructor: Beth Hanson is a life-long gardener with a BS in Horticulture from CSU, over 30 years of professional experience in the field and about 20 years as a Master Gardener and Native Plant Master. Beth is a professional educator/interpreter passionate about including native plants in our everyday lives.


Required Textbook: 1) Jennifer Ackerfield's Flora of Colorado available through Colorado Native Plant Society bookstore (https://conps.org/conps-bookstore/), local and online retail outlets 2) Colorado Plant Database at http://coloradoplants.jeffco.us.


Optional text: Colorado Flora - Eastern Slope, Fourth edition, Weber and Wittmann available at local and online retail outlets and the publisher (800-621-2736).


Special instructions, requests or notes:

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 npmassistant@jeffco.us for questions.


Native Plant Master: All participants who pass three NPM courses will receive a Colorado Flora Certificate. For accepted volunteers, this course counts toward certification as a Native Plant Master. For more information on the volunteer program, see www.nativeplantmaster.org. To reduce overlap, take courses in different months and/or lifezones.


Lifezone: Plains


When and where to meet: Chatfield Farms, 8500 W. Deer Creek Canyon Rd. Littleton, CO 80128 720-865-3500. (See map.) Meet at the center of the main lot. Please park in the main lot, or in labeled overflow parking outside of the Visitor’s Center. Please arrive at 9:15 a.m. the first day to receive course materials. Course begins 9:30 a.m. sharp.


What to wear: Layered clothing for changing and/or severe weather conditions, hat, sturdy closed-toe footwear (suitable for cactus country), etc. Please come prepared for moderately strenuous walking on hot, cold, windy, rainy or snowy days.


Trail conditions: The course will take place on the paved or packed trails at Chatfield Farms. There is very little elevation change.


What to bring: Textbook, pencil, hand lens (10x), daypack, water, sack lunch, rain gear, sun and wind protection, personal items you will need, etc.


Carpooling: Carpooling is encouraged. Contact npmassistant@jeffco.us if you would like to carpool and your contact information will be shared with others interested in carpooling.

Dates + Times

May. 29
Friday, 9:30 am