Denver Kids

Plains Conservation Center
By Linda Collison & Bob Russell

Pronghorn antelope, badgers, coyotes, and swift foxes are some of the mammals you might see — if you're lucky — on a trip to this unique conservation center in Aurora. Even the unlucky will surely see black-tailed prairie dogs, thirteen-lined ground squirrels, or at least a western harvest mouse. (Did you even know there were such important-sounding rodents living in east Aurora?)

Wagon rides and full-moon walks are regular events here, featuring bonfires, marshmallow roasts,and informative talks. Also fun are Haunted Prairie — an outdoor Halloween party fornature lovers — Pioneer Christmas, and other seasonal happenings.

Local scout troops are highly involved with the Plains Conservation Center, but many activitiesare open to the public by reservation. If you live in Denver, you might want to join this nonprofit organization and take advantage of reduced prices for all activities and receive a newsletter of upcoming events. It's a great way to get the family involved in conservation and have someoutdoor fun.

Where: 21901 East Hampden Avenue in Aurora.
When: Year-round for special events. No drop-in visitors; call to register for upcoming activities.
Activities: An opportunity to learn about the wildlife of the eastern Colorado grasslands through guided tours and educational programs.
Facilities: 1,900 acres of prairie on the edge of town, visitor center, restrooms.
Be sure to bring: Sun protection for daytime activities, an extra sweater for moonlightwalks.

© Article copyright Pruett Publishing.


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