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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.

Platte River Prairies Schedule of Work Days – 2017

Last minute cancellations because of weather or other circumstances will be sent by email and phone calls to everyone who had registered to attend on that particular day.  All dates are on Saturdays, from 9 a.m. to noon.

Date Expected Activities
March 18, 2017 Fence Building
April 1, 2017 Fence Building
April 22, 2017 (Earth Day) Nursery Prep
May 6, 2017 Thistle Patrol
May 20, 2017 Thistle Patrol
June 3, 2017 Rain Garden Building
June 17, 2017 Seed Collecting
July 8, 2017 Tree Removal
July 22, 2017 Seed Collection
August 12, 2017 Seed collection
August 26, 2017 Seed Collection/Processing
September 9, 2017 Seed Collection/ Processing
September 23, 2017 Seed Processing
October 7, 2017 (Luncheon for Volunteers) Pull out Caveny Old Fence
October 21, 2017 (Rain date for Luncheon) Pull out Caveny Old Fence
November 4, 2017 Pull out Caveny Old Fence
November 18, 2017 TBA
December 2, 2017 Overseed new prairie
December 16, 2017 TBA

Prairie Loft

Family Outdoor Club

Third Saturday of Each Month   10-11:30amOutdoor 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

Prairie Plains Fun Run

 

Please join us June 3, 2017, for a Prairie Fun Run/Walk! June is a beautiful time of year to see the rolling hills and Platte River views of Gjerloff Prairie. 5K and 10K available and walkers are welcome.

Youth Naturalist Program

Students in grades 7-11 are invited to attend the Youth Naturalist Program June 19 – 23! An extension of our amazing SOAR program, YNP provides older students with in-depth opportunities to learn more about how to care for, protect and restore Nebraska’s ecosystems.   Deadline for application is May 1, 2017.

SOAR ( Summer Orientation About Rivers)

SOAR  is a nature day camp where kids explore the Platte River and other outdoor environments in the area. By taking part in the many activities about science, language arts, history, agriculture, and art, SOAR campers learn while having fun. The Aurora Camp offers two five-day sessions for grades 3-6. 

Who?
SOAR is open to any student presently in grade 3, 4, 5, or 6. We can register up to 60 students for each week.

When?
Week One: July 10-14           Week Two: July 17-21

Where?
SOAR is headquartered out of Aurora, Nebraska. Bus travel to various field sites in the area is included.

How much does it cost?
The registration fee for the entire weeklong program is $150; $130 for families who are PPRI members. Financial assistance is available for a limited number of qualified applicants. Please call 402-694-5535 for more information.

 

 

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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