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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