Scene 1: Ranchlands

Before you is an amazing landscape of cottonwood riparian areas, hillside escarpments, wetlands, and native grasslands. Often windy, this view contains protected archaeological sites, native flowering plants and grasses, and a variety of trails (hills, flats, and river).

Ranchlands Escarpment

Amazing View

Grasslands and Riparian Forest

Ranchlands Wetlands


A. Biodiversity

Many species of plants and wildlife, young and old soils, and varying topography and aspects. Nature loves variety and there are many landscapes and trails to discover, learn about nature and enjoy!

Red-tailed Hawk
Scarlet Mallow


B. Riparian Flats

A seemingly endless landscape of cottonwoods, river, wetlands and history.

Butterfly Search

Yellow-headed Blackbird

Slough – Photo by Dwayne Meyers

Gravel Truck

C. Native Grasslands Galore!

Mother Nature abhors a vacuum and will fill the empty spaces with “Prairie Wool”. A mixture of native grasses, flowering plants (forbs), and low growing shrubs.

River View – Photo by John Slater
Inuksuk – Photo by John Slater
Excavated Tepee Ring – Photo by Dwayne Myers


  • All photos by Len Moser except where indicated otherwise under photo.

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