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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 fourth Saturday of each month to take part in fun and educational activities focused on the tallgrass prairie. For youth ages 10-16 years.

If you want to learn more about the club or register email scp@audubon.org or call 402-797-2301

All meetings of the Prairie Club are on the fourth Saturday of the month, from 10:00-12:00 noon at Spring Creek Prairie.

The Nature Conservancy

Platte Prairies Volunteer Work Days TNC Volunteer Pamphlet

TNC Nebraska manages over 60,000 acres of land. Its programs include prairie restoration, preserving vast native grasslands using bison, cattle and fire as management tools, enhancing unique ecosystems, and battling invasive species.   The Conservancy is using multiple strategies to protect the Platte River, improve conservation on the Missouri River, and protect the wild and scenic characteristics of the Niobrara River.

The Nature Conservancy depends on volunteers like you to achieve its conservation mission and the vision of a world where the diversity of life thrives. At different times of the year and depending on skills and training, volunteers can help with harvesting seed, planting new prairies, controlled burns, removing invasive species, fencing, and many other land management duties.

Volunteering with us is a great way to contribute to the environment, learn more about the natural world while gaining new skills, and meeting people with a shared interest in conservation.

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.

Email Mardell Jasnowski at mjasnowski@tnc.org or call her at (402) 694-4191 to be added to the Platte Prairies Work Days reminder list or to ask questions.

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.

 School Field Trips

We offer programs to schools, summer programs, homeschool collaboratives, and other educational organizations. All classes are hands-on and active, with a variety of activities in every session. Activities may include team building activities, nature hikes, art projects, farm to table, animal studies, exploration of gardens, fields, and pasture, and more.

Prairie Loft Staff can also bring the learning to your classroom! Please contact us for more information.

 Prairie Plains Resource Institute

Winter Bird Hike at Bader Park

When: Sat, December 10, 9:00am – 10:30am
Description: Celebrate winter with a walking tour of Bader Park near Chapman, Nebraska. The trail hike is leisurely with plenty of time for discussion and observation. Refreshments following the hike at the Bader House.

New Year’s Day Hike

When: Sun, January 1, 2017, 1:00pm – 2:30pm
Description: Start the New Year off right with some fresh air and exercise hiking the hills of Griffith Prairie. The hike begins at 1 p.m. and winds through the trails on Griffith Prairie. Weather will dictate the length of the hike, but the scenery will be beautiful regardless of the weather. Griffith Prairie and Farm is near Marquette, NE and north and west of Aurora, NE. Nebraska Highway 14 to Marquette corner, 4 miles west on 22 Road, 0.5 north on M Road. Or from Highway 30 east of Chapman, NE, turn south on Bader Park Rd, 3.5 miles to Platte River, east on 21 Road 3.5 miles, north on M Road 1.5 miles.     

 

 

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

Project WILD provides interdisciplinary conservation and environmental education curriculum and materials that focus on wildlife. Project WILD programs and materials assist learners of all ages to develop the awareness, knowledge, skills, and commitment to act responsibly in matters concerning wildlife. Nebraska’s Project WILD Program offers educator workshop including: Project WILD, Aquatic WILD, Growing Up WILD and Flying WILD. Additionally, we offer many advanced workshops focusing on specific topics such as bats, pollinators, insects and birds. Workshops are free and provide educators with curriculum guides and resources.

 

 

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