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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.


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 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

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.  Come join the fun on the first Saturday of each month.

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

Field Day   August 6th, 2016.  9-4:00PM   Join Director of Science Chris Helzer and the Platte River Prairies team for a great day of learning outside.  We’ll have several experts in the fields of natural history, ecology, plant identification, pollinators, and more.  This day is free of charge and open to the public.  You are welcome to come and go as your schedule permits. Contact Mardell Jasonowski at (402) 694-4191 or at for more information.  The Nature Conservancy’s Derr House 13650 South Platte River Drive, Wood River, NE 68883

Autumn in the Sandhills  September 30- October 1st, 2016   Contact Jill Wells, or call 402-342-0282 for more information

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.

Harvest Celebration

Sunday, October 2, 2016  1-6pm

Honoring our area’s heritage and future. Farmers market, hayrack rides, farm animals, agriculture demonstrations, food & fun. Free admission!

 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

Fri, August 26, 6:30pm – 9:00pm

Join us on the screened porch of the Charles L. Whitney Education Center for Barn Bash! Bring your own picnic supper (a hot grill will be available) and we’ll eat, take a hike on the prairie and then enjoy music by the Prairie Plains Band and guest musicians.
Gjerloff Prairie 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!

Where: Crane Trust Visitor Center, Exit 305 on I-80
When: 3rd Tues. of each month from June – September
What: Bring Potluck to share at 6:30 p.m.; Speaker begins at 7:00 p.m.
Who: Open to the Public. Attend entire event or just the speaker

Tuesday, Aug. 16: “The Great American – and Nebraskan – Eclipse of 2017
On August 21, 2017, the path of a total solar eclipse sweeps across the United States from Oregon to South Carolina, passing directly through Nebraska along the way. This is the first total eclipse visible in the lower 48 states since 1979 — and the first seen in the Cornhusker state since 1954. Where are the best places to see the eclipse in Nebraska and elsewhere? What will it look like? And what will you need to see this rare and spectacular event? Longtime amateur astronomer and solar observer Dan Glomski has viewed a total solar eclipse and will answer these and many other questions. Currently a Mad Scientist at the Edgerton Explorit Center in Aurora, Dan has presented thousands of planetarium shows, presentations and star parties across Nebraska.

Tuesday, September 20: Birding: In Praise of LBJs”
Rev. Paul Dunbar, pastor of Faith Lutheran Church in Hastings, and avid birder will give this presentation. Everybody loves to see a cardinal, and there’s not much trick to identifying one. But what about all those “little brown jobs” in the backyard or countryside? Ever been frustrated by a fleeting glimpse of something small and tan flying away from you? Ever been flummoxed by some nondescript gray-brown sparrow? wren? finch? that even with a long look and birdbook in hand you couldn’t put a name to? We’ll take a closer look at some of these LBJs (especially common in September) to appreciate their subtle beauty and learn some helpful tips for identifying them.


 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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