The Friends of Denver Parks nonprofit is sponsoring a puppet show Saturday March 22, highlighting the endangered shortgrass prairie ecosystem. The event is designed for the enjoyment of people age 7 years and older.
The puppet show will be held noon to 1 p.m. in the fireplace room of Calvary Baptist Church, Hampden and Monaco, in southeast Denver. The nonprofit suggests a donation of $5.
The Colorado Department of Transportation describes the shortgrass prairie as one of the most imperiled ecosystems in the nation. The ecosystem is home to more than 100 threatened or declining plant and animal species. The lark bunting – the state bird – is among the animals at risk.
Concerned scientists from CDOT, the US Fish and Wildlife and the Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife have joined with the Nature Conservancy on the Shortgrass Prairie Initiative to address the issue in eastern Colorado.
On Saturday, the 40-minute presentation will take participants through a day in a prairie dog colony and an interactive question-and-answer game. The presenter is Maureen Lawry, recipient of the Audubon Society’s outstanding environmental educator award.
Friends of Denver Parks raised concerns over a park parcel of shortgrass prairie, Hampden Heights North Park. The city of Denver traded most of the park to Denver Public Schools for construction of an elementary school. The nonprofit currently has a trial pending in May in Denver District Court and is asking the Colorado Supreme Court to consider the issue. Despite the controversy over the parcel, DPS has begun construction of the school on the park, which is located in a floodplain.