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Tri River Area CSU Extension - To provide information, education and to encourage the application of research-based knowledge to the communities of Delta, Mesa, Montrose, and Ouray Counties.

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Yucca in the Wild

The cold spring is delaying things!

NPM Program

Participants in Native Plant Master courses learn identification, ecology and human uses of selected Colorado plants emphasizing sustainable landscaping and invasive weeds.

Courses for 2023 have been announced. Please note that course dates are tentative. Course start dates are dependent on local conditions.


Colorado National Monument

Course Dates: Fridays, April 14, 21, 28 2023

Time: 8am-noon

(Rain date: May 5)


Black Canyon of the Gunnison

Course Dates: Fridays, May 19, 26, and June 2, 2023

Time: 9am-1pm

(Rain date: June 9)


Grand Mesa

Course Dates: Saturdays, July 8, 15, 22, 2023

Time 9am-1pm

(Rain date: July 29)


Discover Wildflowers Class – Grand Mesa, Mesa Top Trailhead

August 4, 2023, 8:30 a.m. – noon.

Free, registration required

Find out more and register here:

Questions, contact Mollie Freilicher 970-244-1834 or

View details in the documents below:

Native Plant Master Program Guidelines

Native Plant Master Application – Adult

Please contact our office with questions: 970-244-1834

Watch this short video explaining the Native Plant Master Program!

COVID-19 Impact

CSU Extension is closely monitoring and following COVID-19 (Coronavirus) guidance as outlined by public health experts. Our office hours and availability vary by location, please see the Contact Us page for up-to-date office hours or to contact an Agent in your area.