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Boulder area & Pawnee National Grasslands, CO

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Photo courtesy of Steve Jones

PLEASE NOTE: The dates and times shown to the right reflect only the start and end days and times! See below for all actual class dates and times.

Camp under a full moon on the shortgrass prairie of northeastern Colorado and learn about native grasses, grassland birds and insects, and the evolutionary ecology of this “land where the sky began.” After a hike at Crow Valley CG (an e-bird hotspot), we’ll overnight in a remote part of Pawnee National Grassland. In August, we’ll take a close-up look at grassland butterflies and insects on a morning stroll at South Boulder Creek State Natural Area, which features a mosaic of wet meadows and native grasses, including a remnant of the tallgrass prairie ecosystem. Participants can rendezvous with Steve in the Sandhills of Nebraska in fall to experience the last expanse of uninterrupted prairie in N. America.

Indoor Class: Tuesday, May 15, 2018, 6:30-9:00 pm, Boulder area. If time and weather allow, we will take a short walk through a mixed-grass prairie.

Field classes: Tuesday, May 29, 2018 - Wednesday, May 30, 2018, overnight camping in Pawnee National Grassland, NE Colorado.

Field class: Sunday, August 5, 2018, 7:30 – 11:00 am, Boulder area

Tuition: $120.00. Limited to 8 participants. Registration opens on April 3, 2018. We will cover 175 to 200 miles on our trip to the Pawnee NG. Dispersed primitive camping (no services) is free and participants must camp with the group. Lodging is unavailable in the immediate area.

Instructor Steve Jones is author of The Last Prairie and co-author of Peterson Field Guide to the North American Prairie, Wild Boulder County, Colorado Nature Almanac, and Butterflies of the Colorado Front Range. He taught in the Boulder Valley Public Schools for 33 years and has taught BCNA field classes for the last 22 years. You won’t want to miss the chance to join him for this very special immersion experience.

FAQs

Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

Our classes are geared toward adult learners. The minimum age for attendance is 18.

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

Class locations are provided to registrants about two weeks before the class starts in a "Welcome" email from the Instructor. Come directly to the location of the first class and Steve will meet you there. On the first field day, we will meet at a location specified at the Tuesday evening class.

If you wish to carpool on the field trips, you can make your own arrangements. We will provide a list of participants who allow us to share their names and emails for this purpose. While we suggest that all occupants share the fair cost of gas/operating costs, BCNA does not organize or participate in any carpool arrangements. If you carpool, please discuss and agree on your travel plans in advance.

What can I bring to the event?

You will want paper and pen/pencil on both days. The instructor will let you know if there is anything specific that you should bring to the field session. Otherwise be prepared for time outdoors, away from the car. You might bring a daypack with water and food for snacks. Wear hiking clothes and footwear adequate for conditions. Bring sun protection (sun lotion, sun glasses, hat, long sleeves), bug dope, and any field guides, binoculars and spotting scopes, trekking poles, or other personal items and extra clothing you might want.

For the camping portion, you will need to bring all your own equipment (tent, sleeping pad and bag, headlamp, cooking equipment and food, extra clothes, toiletries, etc.). We will be miles from the nearest supply point. If you don't bring what you need, you simply won't have it. That said, this truly is a unique opportunity. If you've never spent a night on a wild, dark prairie, prepare yourself for a quiet so loud that it rings in your ears. Steve has spent many hours in various grasslands around the West so, if you are ever going to have this experience, it will be much enhanced by going with someone like him.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Please email registration@bcna.org. We do not check this account every day, but will try to get back to you within four business days.

What's the refund policy?

We open registration for each class just six weeks before it begins so that you will have a good idea of your availability. Our apologies, but refunds are not available. Most of the proceeds from classes go to our instructors. The remainder helps support our education program, research grants, publications, seminars, and conservation efforts. If you must cancel, we hope you'll consider your payment as a donation to the Boulder County Nature Association. Of course, if we must cancel a class, your payment will be fully refunded.

Is my registration fee or ticket transferrable?

Yes. Just log on to your account, go to "Tickets," select your order, and then choose "Edit." Change the name and email address to the new attendee's information. Be sure to check the box and we will send them a confirmation email with all the ticket/registration information they'll need. Once you're done, select "Save" to save your changes.

Demand for our classes is high and participation is limited. Classes usually fill up early, and we maintain a waiting list. If you cannot attend or find a substitute, please let us know as soon as possible so that we may offer your spot to someone else.

Can I update my registration information?

Yes.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

No, your name will be on our registration list. You may print your Confirmation Email if you want a record


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