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Plains Conservation Center

Astronomy Nights at Plains Conservation Center

Presented and Managed by the City of Aurora.

Come join the City of Aurora at the Plains Conservation Center for an exciting night of stars, planets, solar systems and s’mores. Each evening begins with a presentation by retired astronomy professor, Dr.Win Pendleton, including images of the stars and planets that make our solar system and universe unique. After Win discusses each night's topic we will venture outside for a campfire, s’mores and a chance to look at the planets and other objects through the telescope.

Each Astronomy night will have its own theme.

• October 26 at 7 p.m.: Hidden Gems of the Fall Sky

• December 7 at 6 p.m.: Wonders of the Winter Night Sky

The City of Aurora's Parks, Recreation & Open Space department's mission is to encourage active lifestyles and create healthy environments for people, nature and community.

Location: Plains Conservation Center, 21901 E. Hampden Avenue, Aurora, CO 80013

Bird Nerd Saturdays at Plains Conservation Center

Presented and Managed by the City of Aurora.

Join City of Aurora naturalists for a morning of birds and spectacular views at the Plains Conservation Center. Enjoy light refreshments while you socialize with other bird nerds before heading out onto the 1100-acre prairie with experienced naturalists to watch birds and other wildlife. Whether you are new to birding or a seasoned pro, this is a great opportunity to hang out with other bird enthusiasts.

The City of Aurora's Parks, Recreation & Open Space department's mission is to encourage active lifestyles and create healthy environments for people, nature and community.

Date: Select Saturdays

Time: 9 a.m.

Location: Plains Conservation Center, 21901 E. Hampden Avenue, Aurora, CO 80013

Photography Expeditions at Plains Conservation Center

 

Photography expeditions to the Plains Conservation Center offer opportunities to capture the life and the seasonal characteristics of the prairie in the best light possible. Dates and times are set to coordinate with sunsets, sunrises, moonsets and moonrises with one exception in May to focus on spring flowers. Each expedition is led by David Winger, a renowned garden and nature photographer.

 

Open to all skill levels. Participants are encourage to bring a tripod and a telephoto lens and dress appropriately for the weather as the class takes place outdoors.

 

 

Price: $36, $34 member

Location: Plains Conservation Center, 21901 E. Hampden Avenue, Aurora, CO 80013

 

 

 

Plains Conservation Center Wagon Tour

Get to know the prairie in a whole new way. On our ride across the plains, participants watch for wildlife in the landscape, from prairie dogs to pronghorn antelope and birds of prey, beneath the great stretching sky while learning about the short grass prairie ecosystem along the way. With stops at the sod homes and Cheyenne camp, your group will experience what it was like to be a homesteader and a Cheyenne Indian living on the prairie in the 1800's. Take a guided tour of the sod homestead and see the sod homes, schoolhouse and blacksmith shop. Then visit the Cheyenne camp to learn about how the Cheyenne lived on the prairie and followed the bison as a seminomadic tribe.

Please note: Tours are weather dependent. If a tour is cancelled due to weather, you will be contacted.

Date: Select Saturdays

Time: 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Location: Plains Conservation Center, 21901 E. Hampden Avenue, Aurora, CO 80013

 

 

The Art and Science of Raising What You Eat

Presented and managed by the City of Aurora

Cows, sheep and chickens, oh my! The Plains Conservation Center is home to a variety of farm animals including donkeys, sheep, chickens and turkeys. Join us for an exciting adventure where you can meet and help feed these amazing creatures! Learn how vital they were for pioneer life on the plains and how important they are for us today.

Programs occur daily, Monday-Friday at 11:30 a.m., Saturday-Sunday at 3 p.m.

Program will begin at the sod village, which is 1/2 mile hike from the parking lot. Arrive early to allow yourself time to walk, program will begin promptly.

The City of Aurora Parks, Recreation & Open Space Department's mission is to encourage active lifestyles and create healthy environments for people, nature and community.

Location: Plains Conservation Center, 21901 E. Hampden Avenue, Aurora, CO 80013

Price: $5 adult, $3 child (12 and under)

 

 

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