Pawnee Celebrates National Grassland Week with Events

Release Date: Jun 25, 2014

Contact(s): Reghan Cloudman


GREELEY, Colo.– Join the National Grasslands Week celebration with a visit to the Pawnee National Grassland (PNG) office at 660 O Street in Greeley, Wednesday through Friday, to enjoy cookies and a chat with district staff. To bring the week to a close, interpretive guides will be out on the grassland Saturday.

Visitors are invited to the Pawnee Buttes Trailhead on the east side of the Pawnee this Saturday from 8:30 to about 10:30 a.m. to learn about grassland fauna and flora, recreational opportunities, area history and more. There will be a scavenger hunt and a prairie game with fabulous prizes. The PNG is often identified by the Pawnee Buttes that jut out more than 200 feet from the prairie floor and the Pawnee Buttes Trail is four miles, round-trip.More details are available online at http://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/arp/recreation/recarea/?recid=32178&actid=50.

Later in the day, the interpretive guides will head to the west side of the Pawnee National Grassland and provide information while roving along the bird tour near State Highway 14 and County Road 61. Download the tour pamphlet here http://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/stelprdb5318485.pdf.

While out on the grassland, enjoy the wildflowers blooming right now. The prickly pear cactus is just starting to show its vibrant colors.

Before heading out to enjoy these interpretive opportunities visitors need to remember, facilities are limited on the grassland. Bring sunblock, plenty of water and have a full tank of gas.

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