Riparian life zone-Beth Hanson

Upcoming CoNPS Field Seminar

CoNPS Field Seminar:  Plants of the Riparian Zone
Sunday, June 12, 2022; 9:00 am – 12:00 noon
Field Seminar Presenter:  Beth Hanson, M.S.

Join Beth Hanson to learn over 15 riparian plants found in the metro area. The list will include 3 different cottonwoods, 3 or 4 willows, some sedges and rushes which vary from year to year, other shrubs typically found in riparian areas (Ribes, Amorpha, and others), as well as a more elusive Sparganium. Some botanical terms will be used as we describe a plant’s characteristics, but the focus will be on the most conspicuous plant traits.

The walk will be approximately a mile round trip on a relatively level path, composed of compacted crusher fines, which transition into a 2-track road until we reach a pond. Around the pond, we may travel on a social trail or through a few hundred feet of a grassy meadow, which is the most uneven terrain we will encounter.

Sun & heat; mosquitoes, if the weather is damp and muggy.

What to Bring/Wear:

Layered clothing, including raingear, closed-toed walking shoes or hiking boots

Sunhat, sunglasses, sunscreen, & bug repellent

Clipboard, notebook/paper, and pen/pencil (Handout will also be provided)

Camera or cell phone to record photos, if desired

Daypack with water and snacks

Hand lens

Plant field guide, if desired

Personal items, first-aid items

Please keep dogs at home

Directions to Meeting Location and Parking Information:
This field seminar will be held in Littleton, Colorado.  Detailed information will be sent to all registrants prior to the field seminar.

Covid-19 Information:
Currently, Arapahoe County, the City of Littleton, and South Suburban Parks & Recreation District do not have Covid-19 restrictions.  We will notify registrants, should this change.  Registrants are welcome to wear masks, if desired. 

If you have recently been ill, have recently exhibited signs of or tested positive for COVID-19, or have recently been exposed to someone else with the coronavirus, please refrain from registering for this field seminar.  Thanks for your understanding.

After graduating from CSU in Horticulture, Beth has spent decades as a botanist and horticulturist, including several years at Hudson Gardens.  She’s been a Master Gardener in both Jefferson and Arapahoe counties, currently is a Native Plant Master Instructor, has worked at South Platte Park in varying capacities since 2005, and has been a full-time Park Interpreter since early 2012. 

Photo credit:  Beth Hanson

To register and receive the member discount, please click on the link and sign in as a member.!event/2022/6/12/conps-field-seminar-plants-of-the-riparian-zone

Thanks for your interest in attending the field seminar!