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Native Plant Master

Native Plant Master Program logo, Larimer County

About the Program

The Native Plant Master Program in Larimer County educates the public about native plants in order to foster stewardship, sustainable landscaping and management of weeds that threaten native ecosystems. The courses for this award-winning program are taught in the field at 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

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, and interact with others who share your love of Colorado flora.

Are you interested in learning more about the native plants found in Larimer County?  NPM courses focus on identification, ecological relationships, and human use of plants, emphasizing sustainable landscapes and invasive weeds.  Participants will learn to use a botanical key, including learning scientific names and plant families.  

Due to COVID, the program will follow all guidelines from the Larimer County Health Department on protocols for safely holding all Native Plant Master courses and classes.  Because these guidelines are in constant motion, we will be in touch with all participants as the time nears with the requirements necessary to keep everyone safe during a class.

This year we will hold courses at Lory State Park, Pineridge Natural Area, Soapstone Prairie Natural Area, and Red Mountain Open Space.  A special grass class will be held at Reservoir Ridge Natural area.  A new native plant class on alpine wildflowers will be held in Rocky Mountain National Park.  Application deadline is April 2, 2021.  All courses and special classes will be limited to 8 participants and will fill on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Join us in 2021! See the Program Guidelines and Register here:

Contact Karen Crumbaker at to be added to the NPM listserv to be notified when applications are being accepted.

Temporary Office Closure

Our office is closing at 2pm on January 19th due to weather and road conditions. We are opening at 9am on January 20th and are closely monitoring the weather.