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Teller County Native Plant Masters

The mission of the Native Plant Master Program is to educate the public about native plants in order to foster stewardship, sustainable landscaping, and management of weeds that threaten native ecosystems.  The Native Plant Master Program is a fun way to spend time in the field this summer, getting to know the plants of the central mountains of Colorado.

As a Native Plant Master you’ll be able to incorporate native plants into your home landscape to save water and avoid pollution from fertilizers and other chemicals. You’ll learn about  local native plants in the field, and discover plant relationships with animals that pollinate, consume, and nest in them. And, you’ll learn more about native plants than you ever thought possible: how they grow, how to identify them, and why the natural world could not exist without them.

2022 Native Plant Master Courses in Teller County

We (Teller County) will have two Native Plant Master Courses for 2022. The first will start with an optional Botany Class on June 30 from 8:00 – 1:00 followed by three field classes on July 5, 12, and 19, which generally run from 7:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The second course will be August 2, 9, and 16 and will be on Pikes Peak. We have a maximum of 15 students in each course and will base on when I receive applications, so it would be best to fill them out and email to me at Please DO NOT send money with your application because I don’t want to have to return checks if you aren’t in the first 15. I will let you know when I receive your application. Please select one of the options below for submission.

Fillable PDF Application

Word Document Application

2017 Native Plant Master Class Identifying Plants

Keeping ahead of COVID-19

This rapidly evolving coronavirus (COVID-19) has imposed an unsettling, fluid situation upon our community and its businesses. While the team here still aims to maintain a “business as usual” approach, we have moved to working from home and conducting training using Zoom and YouTube and other social media sites that is far from normal. For all information on the coronavirus in Teller County, check out the link to the County below.