Category: CoNPS Blog

Edible, Medicinal, and Useful Plants

Bob Kennemer acquired more than a casual taste for collecting edible, medicinal, and useful plants soon after leaving the University in Denver when he attended the legendary National Outdoors Leadership School (NOLS). Considered the Harvard of outdoor schools, NOLS was founded by Paul Petzold, who realized that to get the public more engaged with the Read More …

The Art and Science of Nature Journaling

Editor’s note: The author of this post will be leading a field trip on nature journaling at our 2021 Annual Conference in Trinidad! Nature Journaling can mean something different to each person who practices it.  There are numerous approaches for both teaching and practicing it, and no approach is wrong.  There are so many benefits, Read More …

Wild Bergamot: Commonly Extraordinary

Wild Bergamot is abundantly in bloom right now, covering the hills with exuberant bursts of purple, scenting the air nearby with gentle fragrance, and generously providing nectar to a variety of equally colorful pollinators.
Thank goodness several speakers giving CoNPS (Colorado Native Plant Society) webinars this winter reminded us that it’s not just rare plants we Read More …

Travelblog to the Purgatoire River

Why not? With a fresh dump of snow smothering the wildflowers nearby, and no family obligations for the weekend, why not run down to the ominously named Purgatoire River and discover its mysteries for myself? A check on the weather cam revealed bare ground in La Junta and that was all the incentive needed, I Read More …