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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.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Spring Creek Prairie Audubon Center

Prairie Club

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.

The Nature Conservancy

Make this your year to see the sandhill cranes!!

The below tour dates are free for members of The Nature Conservancy;

Sunset Tours:

  • Thursday, March 12th
  • Friday, March 13th
  • Saturday, March 14th
  • Friday, March 20th

Sunrise Tours:

  • Saturday, March 14th

To learn more, check out  www.nature.org/nebraska

Prairie Loft

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.

 Prairie Plains Resource Institute

New Year’s Day Hike

When: Thursday, January 1, 2015, 1pm – 3pm
Where:  Griffith Prairie and Farm
It’s a tradition. We start the New Year off right with a hike at Griffith Prairie at 1 p.m. The usually lasts for 2 hours with plenty of time to take in the scenery and talk about New Year’s resolutions (or not). RSVP to 402-694-5535 or contactppri@ham​ilton.net so you can be contacted in case of weather cancellation.
 
 

The  Crane Trust

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!

 NE Game  & Parks

Come join the holiday fun at Ponca’s Winterfest on December 27th!  A day filled with FREE wintertime activities.

The festivities begin at 9:00am with free crafts, activities and refreshments.

Homemade chili and chicken noodle soup will be served 11:00am-1:30pm at a fee of $5 per person.

At HIGH NOON it is the National Championship Fruitcake Fling. This national competition has been featured on NBC’s Today Show. Competitors fling bird-friendly fruitcakes and compete for distance.

At 1:30pm it is the free 3K Snow Run Quest for the Yule Log. Your team will be tested mentally and physically by five different family-fun challenges that will ultimately led you to clues for finding the Yule Log. At the conclusion of the Yule Log Quest, will be the burning of the Yule Log and team awards.

Lighted hayrack rides will run from 4:00-6:00pm.

A Park Entry Permit is required.

New Year’s Day Hike

Ponca State Park is offering a healthy start to your new year with a “First Day Hike”. Guests are welcome to take part in unguided hikes from 8:00am -5:00pm, Thursday – January 1st.  At the conclusion of your hike, stop in at the Resource and Education center to warm-up and enjoy a complimentary cup of hot cider and cookies.

A Park Entry Permit is required.

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