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Natural Awakenings Tucson

Grassland Fair for the Adventurous

Oct 29, 2013 01:38PM

The Grassland Fair offers fun, food, and education at the Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge, in a landscape of sweeping grasslands and majestic Baboquivari Peak. Located at the 1880’s ranch house that is the refuge Visitor Center, the festival features an award-winning bluegrass band that will get your feet tapping.

See presentations by scientists that include The Call of the Wild (getting close to nature) and Jaguars in the Borderlands. Visitors can view nature exhibits, take archery lessons and observe demonstrations of live birds of prey, reptiles, amphibians, and the endangered masked bobwhite quail.

Of special interest is the return of the beautiful colonial Spanish horses that developed on this former ranch. There are ongoing activities to see and touch these beautiful horses for kids, and the children’s wildlife art contest entries are on display. Local vendors offer a variety of crafts, as well as delicious regional foods. Leashed dogs are welcome.

Admission is free. Location: Buenos Aires NWR is located eight miles north of Sasabe, Arizona, and 55 miles from Tucson. For more information and map, call 520-823-4251 or visit fws.gov/refuge/buenos_aires.

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