- $8 for one ticket to Prairie Fest on June 21 ($15 value)
On Saturday, June 21 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., visitors head out into the great outdoors to celebrate one of the Earth's most endangered ecosystems: the Grasslands. Live music and performances by Native American dancers will entertain guests on stage, while hands-on activities teach about nature as well as the history of the Plains Indians.
Plains Conservation Center
The Plains Conservation Center is an offshoot of the West Arapahoe Conservation District, an organization appointed in 1949 to teach farming and ranching techniques that could help prevent another devastating Dust Bowl. While the PCC's mission has since expanded, the nonprofit organization's main goal remains the same: preserving the health of Colorado's plains. Between its two sites—a main 1,100-acre location in Aurora and more than 10,000 acres spread along West Bijou Creek—the organization maintains several attractions devoted to the history and environmental character of the region. These include more than five miles of hiking trails, a Cheyenne camp from 1837 with four standing tepees, and Wells Crossing, a replica 1887 farm consisting of sod houses, and heirloom gardens. For more modern sites, the Aurora location's visitor center features interactive displays and seasonal events such as Hops for Habitat, an annual fundraiser with beer tastings from local craft brewers.