KNPS Native Plant Stewardship Certification

Program Objectives

The KNPS Native Plant Stewardship Program was established to provide participants with the following:

Program Overview

The full certification program consists of six one-day sessions, and is designed to be completed by one set of participants from start to finish. Three of these sessions are classroom-type courses, and three are field courses. These will be spread out over a six month period, with one course each month. Each full program offering will be based out of one area of the state, but the location will vary over time to allow for participation in different parts of the state.

Basic Program Information

Each session is limited to 15 participants, with on-line registration being open until it is filled (first come first served, on-line payment by credit card required). For this reason, we ask that you check your calendar before registering, and if you know you will be unable to attend more than one course please do not register and wait until another session is offered. Certification is issued when all six classes have been attended. Make-ups can be completed in future sessions.

Cost: $110 ($55 student)
This cost includes registration to all six courses, class materials, and a one-year membership or renewal to the Kentucky Native Plant Society.

Email questions or to be placed on the waiting list: certification@knps.org

Registration is now closed for 2016 classes

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Classes for 2016


Native Plant Identification 101
Saturday April 23rd / 9am-4pm Instructors: Rob Paratley (University of Kentucky)
Location: Floracliff Nature Sanctuary (Fayette County)

Kentucky’s Native Plant Communities and Rare Plant Monitoring
Saturday May 14th / 9am-4pm Instructors: Tara Littlefield and Martina Hines (Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission)
Location: Lower Howard’s Creek Preserve (Clark County)

Threats to Ecological Communities & Biodiversity of Kentucky
Saturday June 11th / 9am-4pm Instructors: Zeb Weese (Kentucky Heritage Land Conservation Fund) and Jody Thompson (Eco-Tech Consultants, Inc.)
Location: Raven Run Nature Preserve, Lexington KY

Enhancing Biodiversity in Your Own Backyard – Growing Native Plants
Saturday August 13th / 9am-4pm Instructors: Jannine Baker (UK Dept. of Plant Pathology) and Beate Popkin (Living Gardens LLC)
Location: Floracliff Nature Sanctuary (Fayette County)

Invasive Species – Field Identification and Management Techniques
Saturday September 17th / 9am-4pm Instructors: Beverly James (Preserve Manager, Floracliff)
Location: Floracliff Nature Sanctuary (Fayette County)

Habitat Management/Graduation Event
Saturday October 8th / 9am-2pm Instructors: M. Clare Sipple (Preserve Manager, LHCP)
Location: Lower Howard’s Creek Preserve (Clark County)