Explore the Prairie at the Plains Conservation Center

March 15, 2024 Education Department

The prairie teams with wildlife. This diverse and inspiring ecosystem supports a wide variety of plants and animals. Prairie dogs scurry between their burrows while the first wildflowers of the season poke out of the cold ground. Pronghorn scratch their heads on the yucca that thrive even in harsh winter conditions. 

The Plains Conservation Center boasts more than 1,000 acres of protected plains that these beautiful creatures call home. Often overlooked, we can learn so much from the shortgrass steppe right here in Aurora, Colorado. In cooperation with the City of Aurora, Denver Botanic Gardens manages programs for all ages at the Plains Conservation Center.

Whether you are looking for a weekday adventure with your preschooler or a Saturday workshop for families, we have something for you. With rotating topics each class, your kiddos will explore the science and history of the prairie through hands-on, immersive activities, wagon rides, arts and crafts and games. 

Join us at the Plains Conservation Center at 21901 E. Hampden Avenue in Aurora. We can't wait for you to experience the prairie. 

This article was contributed by Assistant Manager of School and Plains Programs Julie Reiske.


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