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General Workshop and Registration Information

The Colorado Native Plant Society Workshops are exceptional learning experiences for professional and amateur botanists alike.  Workshop presenters are experts on Colorado flora and are very generous in sharing their knowledge and time. They come with plant samples and hands-on exercises designed to expand your plant identification skills and ecological understanding.

Workshops are held at various locations throughout Colorado, with the majority at venues along the Front Range. They begin at 9 am and end between 3 and 4 pm.

Workshops are limited to 15-30 people, depending on location, and priority is given to CoNPS members. 
We encourage you to register early.

We suggest participants bring a lunch, hand lens, pad of paper (for notes and drawings), pencil(s) and pen and any other materials as noted below, to each workshop.  Beverages and snacks will be provided.

Workshop Registration

Workshop costs:
One-day workshop - $30 (CoNPS Members) / $40 (non-members)
Two-day workshop - $60 (CoNPS Members) / $80 (non-members)
Additional field sessions associated with some of the workshops - $15 (CoNPS Members) / $30 (non-members)

To become a CoNPS member, visit http://www.conps.org.  Click on the Membership page.

You can pay with Paypal or credit card (see workshop details below), or check.
If paying via check, fill out the mail-in registration form, make check payable to “CoNPS” and send to:
CoNPS, c/o Linda Smith at 4057 Cottonwood Drive, Loveland, CO 80538

For any questions regarding registration, please contact Linda Smith at conpsoffice@aol.com

For questions about workshop content or locations, please contact Ronda Koski at conpsworkshops@gmail.com

Cancellation Policy

If you cancel one week before the workshop or earlier, we will refund your money or you can choose to apply that money to another CoNPS workshop. If you cancel less than a week before the workshop, no refund is guaranteed. If we have a Wait List and someone else can attend, your money will be refunded or you can apply the money toward another workshop. If we cannot fill your spot, your money will not be refunded. If a workshop is cancelled for any reason, we will reschedule the workshop or mail you a refund. Refunds will be made via check and mailed the week following the workshop.

CoNPS Workshop Coordinator

This year’s workshops have been organized by CoNPS Workshop Coordinator Ronda Koski with input from former Workshop Coordinator, Linda Hellow.  If you have suggestions for future workshops, please contact Ronda Koski at conpsworkshops@gmail.com.

Please check the website periodically for updates and additional workshops.

2014-2015 CoNPS Workshop Schedule


Restoration: Principles and Techniques

Two-day workshop (One day of classroom instruction (choose between Saturday or Sunday session) plus one day of in-field instruction and demonstration)
Cost:  $45    (non-member price $70)

Classroom Sessions:
Saturday, October 25 OR Sunday, October 26, 2014, 9am – 3pm - Indicate desired date when registering!
Location: Rocky Mountain Arsenal Wildlife Refuge, 6550 Gateway Road, Commerce City, CO 80022
(Workshop will be in a classroom in the Contact Station.  Look for signs that will direct you to the classroom)
Presenters:   David Buckner and Carla DeMasters

Field Session:
Saturday, November 8, 2014, 10am – 6pm (or earlier)
Location:  Near Erie, CO (exact location will be announced during each workshop session)
Presenters:   David Buckner and Carla DeMasters

David and Carla will provide practical instruction on basic restoration principles and techniques.  Topics covered in the indoor sessions will include important concepts of ecological design and expectations as well as nuts and bolts details relating to design seed mixes for specific situations, working with pure-live-seed rates, seeds per square foot and related seed density considerations, topsoil salvage and replacement, site preparation, seasonal considerations, mulches, erosion control and other topics of practical significance.

For the follow-up field session, we will visit a reclamation equipment yard to discuss the use of different tools in site preparation and seeding (Courtesy of Mark Phillips, Phillips Seeding). We will also visit a restoration site to talk about techniques of revegetation, soil considerations, and methods for on-going documentation of results (monitoring).

David Buckner is a plant ecologist with 45 years of field experience. He was educated at University of Colorado at Boulder (B.A., M.A., Ph.D. (1977)).  Since then he has worked across the western U.S. in assessment of plant community composition and the recovery of disturbed and rehabilitated sites.   He has also conducted work in the development and implementation of specifications for “restoration” of disturbances following construction or mineral extraction.  He has familiarity with both the theory of “restoration” and its practical implementation in the field.  He is familiar with soils, plant materials, husbandry practices, erosion control and mulching materials, and the quantitative evaluation of the results against performance standards.   He has conducted previous workshops for CONPS on the Asteraceae, Poaceae and Soils.

Carla DeMasters has worked as a Plant Ecologist/Botanist in the western United States for over 10 years. Much of her work has included the quantitative monitoring of vegetation on coal mine reclamation. She has a Master’s degree in Geography from the University of Colorado at Boulder, where she studied the biogeography of reproductive modes in Erigeron strigosus (prairie fleabane). She is interested in the conservation and restoration of plant species and communities. She enjoys spending time outdoors with her family and botanizing with friends.

 

Ethnobotany: The Fascinating Study of the Relationships between Peoples and Plants
Two-day workshop
Cost:  $60   (non-member price $80)

Saturday, November 1 AND Sunday, November 2, 2014; 9am – 3pm
Location:  Poudre Learning Center, 8313 West F Street, Greeley, CO 80631
Presenter:  Don Hazlett, Ethnobotanist, Denver Botanic Gardens

Saturday, November 1: Great Plains Ethnobotany and Folklore
Don will begin the session with an introduction on current trends in ethnobotany and ethnobiology research, followed by discussion of specific plant species from eastern Colorado and the Great Plains, and a presentation of the insights to ethnobotany available from the translations of Native American plant names.  Attendees are encouraged to participate in the discussions and to share the ethnobotany stories that have been passed down through their families!

Sunday, November 2:  Tropical & Latin American Ethnobotany
Don will show and discuss plants from the ethnobotany materials collection maintained at Denver Botanic Gardens. Attendees will learn intriguing information about the names given to many of our common nuts and grains.  Key topics will be herbal plants sold in hispanic "boticas" (pharmacies) in CO, NM and TX.   Santeria herbal plants, many from Cuba, are also sold: these will be discussed as well.  These are the syncrecisim or merging of plants and rituals from African slaves in the Antilles with Catholic religion and Native American traditions.

Donald L. Hazlett, Ph.D., earned his doctorate in tropical forest ecology (Honduras) from the University of Washington, Seattle in 1980.  Don lived and worked as a botanist in tropical countries for 10 years and is still actively working on several Honduran floristic projects. He also provides scholarships for Honduran botanists.  However, as a native of the Colorado steppe (Fowler) Don has long been addicted to learning the names and uses for shortgrass steppe plants (Note: He sometimes looks at mountain plants, usually if they have an ethnobotanical use).  He has been a member of the Colorado Native Plant Society since 1984. Among his more than 25 peer-reviewed publications (a mix of tropical and steppe topics) are vascular plant checklists from the Pawnee, Comanche, Kiowa and Rita Blanca National Grasslands.  For the past 20 years Don has specialized in ethnobotany and has prepared a series of shortgrass steppe essays that includes folklore and ethnobotanical topics. He maintains a master list of all steppe plants (6 states). On this list are annotations, such as translations of indigenous plant names, Spanish common names, plant uses, ecological notes, and a few humorous (at least to some) anecdotes attributed to Plainsman Pete.  Plainsman Pete is a fictional curmudgeon of the Plains with an endless supply of stories.  I often doubt the validity of Pete’s stories, but he assures me that they are as true now as they ever were!

 

Phacelia and Aliciella:  Two Genera Rich with Endemic Species - Notes from the Field and Beyond
One-day workshop
Cost:  $30   (non-member price $45)

This one-day workshop will be presented on the following three dates at the specified venue, 9am – 3pm:
Saturday, November 15, 2014 - Boulder County Extension Office, 9595 Nelson Road, Longmont, CO 80501
Saturday, November 22, 2014 - High Plains Environmental Center, 1854 Piney River Drive, Loveland, CO 80538
Saturday, December 13, 2014 - Walking Mountains Science Center, 318 Walking Mountains Lane, Avon, CO 81620

Presenter:  Luke Tembrock

Luke will teach how to identify endemic species of Phacelia (members of Hydrophyllaceae) and Aliciella (members of Polemoniaceae), and will share other fascinating information about these genera.  If you have a copy of the following books, please bring them with you:

Colorado Flora: Eastern Slope (Fourth Edition) by William A. Weber and Ronald C. Wittmann
Colorado Flora: Western Slope (Fourth Edition) by William A. Weber and Ronald C. Wittmann

A few copies of these books will be available for workshop attendees to use during the workshop session.

Luke Tembrock is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Biology at Colorado State University.  In addition to his interests in species of Phacelia and Aliciella, Luke is interested in the evolution of plants that are cultivated by humans, and in particular the genetic changes that take place in these plants as humans move them from their wild centers of origin.  Luke has studied this evolutionary process in the stimulant drug plant Catha edulis (Qat), for which there is a well-documented written history, and thus a set of testable hypothesis. In his research, Luke employs methods from the fields of phylogeography and population genetics to test said hypotheses.  Luke is also interested in the evolution of alkaloids (especially those that affect the human central nervous system) and related molecules in plants.  He employs techniques from analytical chemistry, phylogenetics, and ethnobotany to study these alkaloids.. 

 

Grass Identification Workshop
One-day workshop offered on 3 separate dates and locations, 9am – 3pm
Cost:  $30 (non-member price $45)

Saturday, January 17, 2015 - Colorado Mesa University, 1100 North Avenue, Grand Junction, CO
Workshop will be in room 302 in Wubben Hall.  Look for signs that will direct you to the classroom.
OR
Saturday, March 21, 2015 - Pueblo County Extension, 701 Court Street, Pueblo, CO 81003
OR
Saturday, April 25, 2015 - Douglas County Extension, 410 Fairgrounds Road, Castle Rock, CO 80104
Workshop will be in the CSU Extension Building - Garden Level Conference Room
Presenter:  Rich Rhoades

This workshop is designed to provide a basic knowledge of grass morphology and terminology as it pertains to identifying grasses. Workshop attendees will use “Illustrated Keys to the Grasses of Colorado” by Janet Wingate to learn how to use keys to identify common grass species. Rich will provide a brief presentation about grasses, and the remainder of the workshop will be devoted to keying out a variety of species. At the end of the workshop attendees will have the ability to key out many common grass species.

If you have a copy of the following books, please bring them with you:

Illustrated Keys to the Grasses of Colorado by Janet Wingate
How to Identify Grasses and Graslke Plants by H.D. Harrington
Colorado Flora: Eastern Slope (Fourth Edition) by William A. Weber and Ronald C. Wittmann
Colorado Flora: Western Slope (Fourth Edition) by William A. Weber and Ronald C. Wittmann

A few copies of these books will be available for workshop attendees to use during the workshop session.

Rich Rhoades is District Conservationist with Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Pueblo, Colorado.  Rich graduated from Colorado State University with a BS degree in Range and Forest Management. Rich has worked for the NRCS (SCS) for 38 years in the Sterling, Eads and Pueblo Field Offices. Grass identification is important in his work with ranchers, rural landowners, reclamation and revegetation.

 

Landscaping with Native Plants
One-day workshop on two separate dates and locations, 9am – 3pm
Cost:  $30 (non-member price $45)

Saturday, January 31, 2015 - High Plains Environmental Center, 1854 Piney River Drive, Loveland, CO 80538
OR
Saturday, March 28, 2015 - Pueblo County Extension, 701 Court Street, Pueblo, CO 81003
Presenter:  Jim Tolstrup

Jim will talk about some to the Colorado native species commonly used in planted landscapes and provide planting suggestions.  Workshop attendees will have the opportunity to design their own native garden, so be sure to bring drawing paper, pencils, and an eraser!

Jim Tolstrup is the Executive Director of the High Plains Environmental Center in Loveland, Colorado.  High Plains Environmental Center is a unique model for preserving native bio-diversity in the midst of development.  Jim works to promote the conservation, restoration and landscape use of native plants and is the State Education and Outreach Chair for the Colorado Native Plant Society.  His past work experience includes serving as Land Stewardship Director of Shambhala Mountain Center in Red Feather Lakes, Colorado, and running his own landscape design business in Kennebunkport, Maine where he installed gardens at George and Barbara Bush’s “Summer White House.”

Jim holds a Certificate in Gardening Arts from the Landscape Institute of Harvard University and the Arnold Arboretum.  He has written numerous articles on gardening and environmental stewardship for various publications, and is a past recipient of Denver Water’s Xeriscape Award, ALCC’s Excellence in Landscaping Merit Award, ASLA Land Stewardship Award and the Sustainable Living Association’s Sustainable Contribution Award.  Growing up in an urban environment near Boston, Maine, Jim had to “look hard to find nature.” This background has led to a strong sense of empathy for people, and children in particular, who don’t have access to the restorative qualities of nature in their daily lives.

 

How to Know the Sunflower Family: 
Learning the Terminology, the Major Groups, and the Ecology of this Major World-Wide Family

One-day workshop on two separate dates, 9am – 3pm
Cost:  $30 (non-member price $45)

Saturday, February 14, 2015 OR Sunday, February 15, 2015   
Rocky Mountain Arsenal Wildlife Refuge, 6550 Gateway Road, Commerce City, CO 80022
Contact Station.  Look for signs that will direct you to the classroom.
Presenter:  David Buckner and Carla DeMasters

This workshop will cover the basics needed to identify members of the Sunflower family (Asteraceae) including structures and their names (often unique to the Asteraceae).  Streamlined visual flow charts to the tribes of the family will be provided.  Evolution and ecology of the Asteraceae will also be covered.  David will have specimens of western U.S. species available for examination and materials will also be available for dissection to allow participants to become familiar with the appearance of previously unfamiliar structures —phyllaries, receptacle, pappus, etc.

If you have a copy of the following books, please bring them with you:
Colorado Flora: Eastern Slope (Fourth Edition) by William A. Weber and Ronald C. Wittmann
Colorado Flora: Western Slope (Fourth Edition) by William A. Weber and Ronald C. Wittmann
A few copies of these books will be available for workshop attendees to use during the workshop session.

David Buckner is a plant ecologist with 45 years of field experience, during which time knowledge of Asteraceae has been a tool used more or less continuously, given the ubiquity of members of this family.  He has conducted previous workshops for CONPS on the Asteraceae, Poaceae and Soils.  He was educated at University of Colorado at Boulder (B.A., M.A., Ph.D. (1977)).  Since then he has worked across the western U.S. in assessment of plant community composition and the recovery of disturbed and rehabilitated sites.

Carla DeMasters has worked as a Plant Ecologist/Botanist in the western United States for over 10 years. Much of her work has included the quantitative monitoring of vegetation on coal mine reclamation. She has a Master’s degree in Geography from the University of Colorado at Boulder, where she studied the biogeography of reproductive modes in Erigeron strigosus (prairie fleabane). She is interested in the conservation and restoration of plant species and communities. She enjoys spending time outdoors with her family and botanizing with friends.

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