Furry Friends Welcome on the Tallgrass Prairie on August 10

Spring Creek Prairie Audubon Center allows small pets on part of the prairie for a day

Denton, NE (August 1, 2019) – One day a year, Spring Creek Prairie Audubon Center allows small pets (dogs, cats, guinea pigs, etc.) on the 850-acre tallgrass prairie. This free event, Paws on the Prairie, will be held Saturday, August 10, from 9:30-11:30 am, and is in partnership with the Capital Humane Society.

Participants can walk the prairie with their pet, view presentations on pet and wildlife safety, and meet the animals up for adoption from the humane society. The event finale is a pet parade where participants can dress their pet in a nature-themed costume for a chance to win prizes.

All pets are required to be on a leash or in a carrier at all times while visiting the prairie. Admission is free; registration not required.

Jason “The Birdnerd” St. Sauver, Audubon Nebraska’s Director of Education and Outreach, said this event happens only one day a year “due to safety and wildlife management concerns for both pets and our wild animals.”

Last year, the event hosted about 65 people and over 50 pets. “Since we can’t usually allow pets,” Jason said, “people enjoyed the chance to explore the prairie with their furry family members.”

Jason encourages everyone to visit, whether they have a pet or not. “It’s a fun event where you can enjoy the prairie, meet new people and pets, and learn more about wildlife management.”

For more information about Paws on the Prairie, visit or call (402) 797-2301.


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