Little Dogs of the Prairie is taught by Heather Swanson, Senior Wildlife Ecologist with City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks. 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. 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.
Past participants are enthusiastic about the educational programs offered by BCNA. Spending most of the class time in the field allows students to observe many of the principles discussed first-hand. Small class sizes allow students to interact with the instructors and each other in an informal manner. Classes are short, ranging from one to several days, and may take place over successive weeks. Whether you are a newcomer or have called Boulder County home for many years, you will benefit from these classes. Meeting others who share your interest in the natural history of Boulder County and beyond is a bonus. The Education Committee welcomes your suggestions for new classes and instructors. Please use the class evaluation form to send us your ideas. And if you would like to help us plan our classes and activities next year, we would love to hear from you as well.
Signing up for a class will now be even easier. In 2017 we are using Eventbrite, an online registration site, to help you enroll in the classes you want to take. Eventbrite will lead you through the registration process. At checkout, Eventbrite will transfer you to PayPal to pay for the class. You do not need to have a PayPal account. To begin, click on the appropriate link below to register for that class on or after the opening registration date shown. Go to New Class Offerings for 2017 for complete class descriptions, their dates, and costs.
In past years, we’ve released our new class schedule in January’s newsletter and you could sign up within a few days. Because available spots often filled quickly, many people enrolled right away. But it’s difficult to commit so far in advance. To address this, we will now open registration for each class six weeks before its actual start date. These “class available” dates appear in the schedule. For the best chance of getting a spot, be sure to mark the opening registration dates for the classes you want on your calendar. Online registration begins at 8:00 am on that day and continues until 24 hours before the class begins. These “class available” dates appear above, and in the schedule. If a class does fill up before you register, you’ll be able to add your name to a waiting list. Eventbrite adds a small registration fee to the tuition amount, and payments can be made through PayPal. The price is now the same for both members and non-members, and both can register at the same time. If you would like to know about the classes as soon as they are announced, please join BCNA.
Questions? Email the event organizer by clicking on Contact at the bottom of the class description page on Eventbrite. Individual instructors will email registered participants about two weeks before their class begins with specific meeting locations and any recommended equipment or reading.
Driving to field classes: If you wish to carpool, you can make your own arrangements. Shorter trips can be discussed at the first class. We will provide a list of participants who agree to share their names and emails for the longer trips. We encourage occupants to share the fair cost of gas/operating costs and any park entrance fees. Drivers might ask for varying reimbursement amounts, so be sure to discuss it with them in advance.
Refund policy: Registration for a class now opens only six weeks before it starts so that you will have a good idea of your availability. If you do sign up and find you cannot attend a class, please let us know as soon as possible so that we may offer it to someone else. Our apologies, but refunds are not available. If you must cancel, we hope you will consider your payment as a donation to BCNA. All proceeds from the classes goes directly toward supporting our educational program costs, research grants, publications, seminars, and conservation efforts.