This site is designed to be a hub of information about prairies, especially Nebraska prairies, for landowners, biologists, and communtiy members. It addresses all aspects of the prairie, including resources, events, management , guides, restoration techniques, research, outreach, contacts, and much more. Just click on one of the categories at the top of this page or on one of the links to the right to get started.
The Prairie Club is an intergenerational, multi-cultural club that gathers at Spring Creek Prairie Audubon Center the first Saturday of each month to take part in fun and educational activities focused on the tallgrass prairie.
If you want to learn more about the club, please call Chris Thody, 402-797-2301.
All meetings of the Prairie Club are on the first Saturday of the month, from 10:00-12:00 noon at Spring Creek Prairie.
Platte Prairies Work Days for 2015
We would love your help with seed harvesting, native plant nursery work, invasive species control, and other jobs to restore and maintain healthy grasslands at the Platte Prairies. We’ll be working on:
Email Mardell or call her at (402) 694-4191 to be added to the Platte Prairies Work Days reminder list or to ask questions.
To learn more, check out www.nature.org/nebraska
Family Outdoor Club
Third Saturday of Each Month 10-11:30am
Outdoor activities geared toward kids ages 2-8 with their parents or guardians. Outdoor exploration, art activities, take-home projects, and more. $5 per family per Saturday.
Sunday, April 19, 2015 1-6pm
A celebration for the planting season. Agriculture & nature activities, art, music, food and fun for all ages. Free admission!
SOAR (Summer Orientation About Rivers) is our model education program for youth, an intensive hands-on week-long summer daycamp where local grade school children and their high school peer leaders trek to area natural and historic sites, integrating natural sciences, art, history and writing. SOAR concludes each week with a morning in the Platte River. A creative program for students, educators and volunteers alike, SOAR is now planning its 24th year in Aurora, Nebraska.
The 2015 SOAR Registration Flier will be available for download on April 1, 2015.
Youth Naturalist Program
June 22-26, 2015 Grade 7-9 students who are looking for a great outdoor summer adventure are invited to participate in this unique naturalist-based program in June. The group will enjoy hikes, learning about the ecosystem in which they live and how to care for, protect and restore it. Students will actively explore natural areas along the Platte River in Hamilton and Merrick Counties, observing the landscape, plants and animals present. This is an exciting opportunity to gain valuable knowledge about nature and our Nebraska ecosystems and participate in outdoor recreational activities such as kayaking and camping. Campers also have the opportunity to interact with professionals in careers in the natural resources and habitat/wildlife management. These activities are intended to open new doors for students interested in the natural world and help them find new ways to enjoy the outdoors.
Nature Trails & Bison Herd Exhibit
The Crane Trust Nature & Visitor Center’s Platte River Discovery Trail is a wonderful destination for all ages. Go birding, cool your feet in the Platte River, spend quiet time with our live bison herd, or relax atop our observation tower with a commanding view of the surrounding prairie and Platte River Valley. Native plants, wildflowers and wildlife abound along miles of natural hiking trails. Open year round and handicap accessible!
Spring Eggstravaganza at Ponca State Park
88090 Spur 26 E
Enjoy Easter at the park! Bring your family out for a weekend of fun-filled activities that focus on the season of spring. Kids Easter egg hunt, eggspectacular programs and much more.
A Park Entry Permit is required.
Bird Watching 101 at Johnson Lake State Recreation Area
1 East Park Drive 25A
Johnson Lake State Recreation Area will be hosting Bird Watching 101. This class will be taught through Central Community College on April 8th. The cost is $19. If you are interested in attending or would like more information, contact Carol Boyle at 308-324-8484.
A Park Entry Permit is required.
Outdoor Discovery Program
14421 346th Street
Attend “The Outdoor Discovery Program at one of three regional locations. Nebraska’s largest outdoor classroom will provide students the opportunity to participate in numerous hands-on adventures! Pre-registration is required. Open only to 4th and 5th grade students. Contact Julia Plugge to receive registration information.