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Little Dogs of the Prairie

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Little Dogs of the Prairie is taught by Heather Swanson, Senior Wildlife Ecologist with City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks. She received her PhD in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from the University of Colorado. While she works with a variety of species, for the last 12 years she's been involved with Boulder County and City of Boulder OSMP on prairie dog and grassland conservation and management issues.

Few species elicit such intense emotions from us as prairie dogs. Whether you love or hate them, we share a long, complicated history. These fascinating rodents have an intricate social system and share complex relationships with many other species. Our native prairie and many of its plants and animals depend on these charismatic little burrowers. We'll learn the biology, behavior, and ecological importance of these small ground squirrels, as well as many species that share close ecological relationships with them. We will also explore the complexity of our coexistence with them, especially here along the urban Front Range of Colorado.

Indoor Class: Thursday, June 8, 2017, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Boulder area

Field Class: Saturday, June 10, 2017, 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks

Tuition: $60.00. Limited to 12 participants.

Registration opens on Thursday, April 27, 2017 at 8:00 a.m. MDT


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

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

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

The indoor class location will be provided to registrants about two weeks before the class starts in a "Welcome" email from the Instructor. Come to that location and Heather will meet you there. On the field day we will meet at a place specified at the Thursday night class.

If you wish to carpool, you can make your own arrangements Thursday night or Saturday morning. 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 before you leave.

What can I bring into the event?

You may 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 or food for snacks or lunch. 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 or spotting scopes, trekking poles, or other personal items and extra clothing you might want.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Please email 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 the class starts 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.

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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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