Metro to Mountain Native Plant Master® Program
Why native plants?
Colorado has a wealth of native plants, colorful wildflowers, grasses, shrubs and trees, which are naturally adapted to our variable climate, soils, temperatures and elevations. Native plants are great for landscaping because of their adaptability.
How can I get information about Colorado plants?
Take a Native Plant Master® class or course or browse the Colorado Plant Database for research-based information on 1,000+ Colorado plants.
What kinds of educational experiences are offered?
An easy entry into the program is a NPM special class where you can discover local wildflowers along a trail, brush up on basic botany or delve into topic areas like sustainable landscaping and invasive weeds.
Deepen Your Knowledge
To deepen your knowledge, take a NPM curriculum course to learn scientific identification and fascinating facts about Colorado plants during three sessions along the trail in a local natural area.
Colorado Flora Certificate
If you pass the optional open book exam for each of 3 NPM curriculum courses, you will be awarded a Colorado Flora Certificate recognizing your achievement. Learn more at Colorado Flora Certificate.
Where can I take a class?
Award-winning Colorado Native Plant Master classes and courses are offered across the Metro to Mountain (M2M) area – Clear Creek, Denver, Gilpin and Jefferson Counties. Offerings are also sponsored by other Extension offices across the state. See Colorado NPM Programs.
Certified Native Plant Master
Do you like to educate others? Become a Certified Native Plant Master volunteer! Volunteers are selected based on their ability to educate the public through their current employment or volunteer role. Learn more at Certified Native Plant Master Volunteer.
What do participants say?
“It is the best educational experience I have had through my local Extension office. It is . . . hands-on, taught by passionate intelligent people, and has real world applications.”
Who teaches NPM offerings? Native Plant Master classes and courses are taught by certified Native Plant Masters, CSU Extension agents, CSU faculty and other experts.
The Colorado Native Plant Master® Program is an offering of Colorado State University Extension. The program was founded in 1997 in Jefferson County and has since grown across Colorado. The mission of the 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 program has won numerous awards, most recently the Award of Excellence from the Western Extension Directors Association.