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Fri, Jun 07

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Camping at Grasslands National Park East Block

This is a camping trip to explore the East Block of Grasslands National Park.

Time & Location

Jun 07, 2024, 10:00 a.m. – Jun 09, 2024, 4:50 p.m.

RSM Parking Lot, 2445 Albert St, Regina, SK S4P 4W7, Canada

About the Event

Leaders Dale and Paule Hjertaas - 306 529 3234 This is a camping trip to explore the East Block of Grasslands National Park. The leaders have visited the park many times and will visit a number of favourite areas. We will be exploring the area by car and with some hikes. Following is the tentative itinerary.

Friday June 7th · Meet at Royal Sask Museum at 10:00 AM and depart. We will travel to the East Block of Grasslands National Park, stopping for lunch enroute. Set up camp. Auto tour along parkway over looking Rock Creek Valley and badlands. Return to campground for supper. Evening walk for birds and wildflowers on the prairie.

Saturday June 8th · An optional early morning nature walk on the prairie and along Rock Creek. We will see prairie birds like Baird’s and Grasshopper Sparrows and many wildflowers.

· Group breakfast in the picnic shelter.

· All day hike to the badlands. Hope to see prairie birds as well as, badland specialists like Rock Wrens and Violet Green swallows. We will spend 2 or 3 hours exploring the buttes, then hike back to the campground.

· For those for whom an all day hike may be to far, we will do a morning hike to the nearest buttes, returning to camp for lunch. Then again do the parkway fr or views of the badlands and Rock Creek Valley as well as birding and stoppoing for wild flowers.

· Supper at campground.

· Evening resting, visiting or exploring Rock Creek environment.

Sunday June 9th

· Optional early morning walk from the campground

· Breakfast

· Morning walk across the prairie with a focus on wild flowers.

· Lunch at campground.

· Pack up and return to Regina.

Some may, of course, wish to extend their stay, either at the East Block or traveling to the West Block, so travel home will be at each individuals pace and route choice.

Because this is a multiday camping trip, it is quite different from our normal filed trips. Please note and follow the points below:

· Contact Dale Hjertaas (306-529-3234, dhjertaas@outlook.com) in advance to tell him you are attending and so he can discuss the trip with you and what you will need

· This is a National Park. You will need a Park Pass.

· This is a camping trip. At the East Block, there is no other accommodation available. Each individual is responsible to reserve their own camp site. https://parks.canada.ca/pn-np/sk/grasslands/activ/camping/avantpays-frontcountry

The East block campground has 24 tent/RV sites with electricity, and, for those who may not wish to tent any more, 8 oTENTIK units equipped with beds and furniture. They sleep 5 to 6 people. The one I looked at in Grasslands included a deck, an indoor table and looked quite comfortable. A couple from France were staying in it and seemed very happy with it. Best to reserve these early.

· Meals are your own responsibility, so you need food and something to cook with. At Grasslands Park the park picnic shelter has gas BBQ’s and gas burners available at no cost, so you could get along without a gas stove. The nearest place to buy food will be about an hour away, so bring enough food.

· There is drinking water at the campground, but no showers and no water hookups for trailers.

· On most field trips we encourage carpooling and you can arrive at the start and expect to get a ride with someone. Because this is a camping trip and people will have vehicles full of gear, any carpooling must be arranged in advance. The society encourages sharing vehicles, and groups could share a tent or an oTENTik, but make those arrangements in advance

· Plan to bring clothing for a variety of weather. Evenings may be cool. Days may be hot. It could rain. It could be beautiful all the time. We don’t know before we leave, so bring the extra sweater and a raincoat.

· Have good shoes for walking. Its easy to accidentally step on a cactus.

· Bring water bottles, even on a short walk one can get thirsty.

· Bring cameras, binoculars, sketch pads (For those with artistic talent), bird books, plant books and anything else you may need to appreciate and record the beauty you will experience.

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