About the program

The Native Plant Master Program in Larimer County educates the public about native plants. This work is important to foster:

  • Stewardship
  • Sustainable landscaping
  • Management of weeds that threaten native ecosystems.

Participants of this award-winning program learn in the field. This includes local open space parks and natural areas in Larimer County using living examples of Colorado flora.  

In 2021, Native Plant Master Volunteers in Larimer County:

  • Reached 4,774 adults & 41 youth through educational contacts
  • Volunteered 638 Hours
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What is means to be a Native Plant Master

Native Plant Masters know the importance of sustainable landscapes and controlling invasive weeds. 
Courses focus on:

  • Identification
  • Ecological relationships
  • Human use of plants
  • How to use a botanical key, including learning scientific names and plant families.  

You will:

  • Learn fascinating facts and uses of some of Colorado’s plants
  • Sharpen your plant ID skills
  • Discover how noxious weeds threaten native plants and wildlife
  • Interact with others who share your love of Colorado flora

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A group of native plant masters in a Natural Area. They are learning to identify plants

How to be a Native Plant Master

You must first apply.  Applications for 2022 are closed. Contact Karen Crumbaker at kcrumbaker@larimer.org to be added to the NPM listserv to be notified when applications are being accepted.

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Non-Discrimination Statement

Colorado State University Extension is an equal opportunity provider. Colorado State University does not discriminate on the basis of disability and is committed to providing reasonable accommodations. CSU’s Office of Engagement and Extension ensures meaningful access and equal opportunities to participate to individuals whose first language is not English. Colorado State University Extension es un proveedor que ofrece igualdad de oportunidades.

Colorado State University no discrimina por motivos de discapacidad y se compromete a proporcionar adaptaciones razonables. Office of Engagement and Extension de CSU garantiza acceso significativo e igualdad de oportunidades para participar a las personas quienes su primer idioma no es el inglés.


Larimer County Office of Colorado State University Extension

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1525 Blue Spruce Dr.
Fort Collins, CO 80524-2004

Phone: (970) 498-6000 | Fax: (970) 498-6025

Office Hours
7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Monday - Friday

Please note:

  • Our office hours are 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. the month of December
  • Our office will be closed Tuesday, December 13th for a staff meeting
  • Our office follows the Larimer County Holiday Calendar for office closures. 
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