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Discover Wildflowers Class – Virtual and In Person

May 12 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Discover Wildflowers Class – Virtual and In Person Program
May 12, Virtually, 6:30pm to 8:30pm and May 14, Hike at Dawson Butte Open Space 9:30-11:30am

It is easy to find beautiful wildflowers blooming along the trail when you are hiking on Douglas County Open Spaces or in other wild places in Colorado. Many of us may know common names of some of these flowers already. Would you like to begin to learn how to identify others?

If so, join us for this 2-session Discover Wildflowers class which will give you an introduction to plant identification. The first session will cover some basic botany information that is essential to know if you wish to learn to recognize plant families and identify wildflowers. The second session will help you learn the basic patterns of several of the common plant families found in Douglas County, as well as showing you examples of plants in each family. At the conclusion of the class, you will be given a list of plant names as well as a photo sheet of flowers that you can print at home. You will be able to go on a trip of wildflower discovery by yourself or with a family member or friend!

Space is limited. Classes will be offered as a Zoom webinar. You will receive the link upon registration. Class dates and times are:

Thursday, May 12 from 6:30-8:30pm
Saturday, May 14 from 9:30-11:30am at Dawson Butte Open Space
Please be available for both dates when you register.

Our events fill quickly, if the event is full contact DLC staff at [email protected] or 3030.688.8025 to be added to the wait list.

The Discover Wildflowers program is free, but a $20 per person donation to DLC is suggested due to the extensive classroom content being provided throughout the two-day class and so that we may continue to offer quality programs such as this.

Meet Your Instructors:
Elizabeth Taylor
Elizabeth Taylor’s father was a botany professor, but much to his dismay, she pursued college degrees and a career in zoology, wildlife management, and technical communication instead of botany. It was not until she retired a few years ago that she finally started following in his footsteps and became a certified Colorado Native Plant Master® and an NPM instructor. Now she expresses her passion for land stewardship through volunteering as a naturalist for Douglas Land Conservancy (DLC) and Douglas County Open Space, coordinating the DLC/DCOS Bluebird Project, and serving on the DLC Board of Directors. However, one of her favorite pastimes is leading wildflower hikes and sharing her love of wildflowers with others! Don’t get her started talking about wildflowers though, or you may not be able to get her to stop!

Heather Koch
Heather Koch has a Master of Science in Cell Biology and is a Certified Public Accountant. Since retirement she has focused her learning on the macro rather than the cellular side of biology, plants! Her volunteer work included the CSU Master Gardener Program, the Jefferson County Diagnostic Clinic, Douglas Land Conservancy (DLC), Douglas County Open Space, and teaching in the Colorado Native Plant Master® Program.

Barb Harbach
Barb Harbach is a volunteer naturalist for Douglas Land Conservancy (DLC) and Douglas County Open Space. She is a wildflower enthusiast and a certified Colorado Native Plant Master®. She studied science in college, obtained a degree in commercial art, and worked for 25 years in that field. Now retired, she guides plant and naturalist hikes and monitors plants for Douglas County Open Space.


May 12
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm