||Field Trips-Campus Playa|
Playa Fieldtrips can be arranged on the Texas Tech University campus playa. Contact Dave Haukos (806-742-2841 or firstname.lastname@example.org) to inquire about arrangements.
The Native Rangeland Teaching and Research Area is being developed on the Texas Tech University campus at the corner of Quaker Avenue and Erskine Street. The 167-acre site contains relic areas of prairie and playa wetlands. Efforts are underway to develop nature trails, community educational activities, and demonstration sites. Opportunities will exist to work with Tech scientists, participate in outdoor classroom activities, and schedule environmental courses concentrating on the interconnections of prairies, playas, and people. The site is only available by reservations. Contact Dave Haukos (806-742-2841 or email@example.com)to inquire about arrangements.
Regional Field Trips
Buffalo Lake National Wildlife Refuge is located 3 miles south of Umbarger (10 miles south of Canyon) on FM 168. The refuge is open year around and has camping facilities. Hiking and auto tours are possible. Guided tours are available. The refuge is located in a canyon connected to Palo Duro Canyon. Deer, waterfowl, raptors, turkeys, and a diversity of other wildlife are present. Contact Lynn Nymeyer, Refuge Manager, (806) 499-3382.
Muleshoe National Wildlife Refugeis located 12 miles south of Muleshoe on Highway 214. The refuge is open year around with camping facilities, auto tour routes, and hiking available.Guided tours are possible. The refuge is known for wintering concentrations of sandhill cranes, but other wildlife associated with the plains are also found. Contact Don Clapp, Refuge Manger, (806) 946-3341. (Visit the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Refuges home page.)
The exercise trail at Higginbothom Parkat 19th Street and Vicksburg Avenue has signs depicting the importance of playa wetlands for wildlife. The 10 signs provide information on the importance of playas to people, wildlife, and the Southern High Plains.