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Field Trips and Events

Platte River Prairies Field Day!

June 13, 2014
8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.

The Conservancy's Derr House
13650 South Platte River Drive
Wood River, NE 68883 | Show Directions


At Exit 300 on Interstate 80, take State Highway 11 South-Southeast for approximately two miles. Highway 11 will make a sharp curve to the east. As Highway 11 makes this curve, Platte River Drive will be the first gravel road that goes directly south from Highway 11. There will be a driveway that goes to the Derr house (a red brick house on the hill).

Download a map.


Please join us for our first Field Day of the 2014 season.  On Friday, June 13, we’ll host hikes and presentations all day long at our Platte River Prairies.  Come learn about prairie ecology, plant identification, grassland restoration and management, and much more!

By popular demand, we’re placing a special emphasis on plant identification this year, and will provide opportunities to learn how to identify grasses, wetland plants, and prairie wildflowers.  In addition, there will be opportunities to see and discuss invasive plants and their control.  Other featured topics include prairie insects, small mammals, birds, and prairie gardening.

The day’s events will officially begin at 9am and end at 4pm, but feel free to come a little early for an 8am bird hike and stay and hike the trails on your own in the evening.  You are welcome to come and go as you please during the day, and there will be multiple sessions to choose from all day long.  Please bring your own lunch and a bottle of water, but we’ll provide some cold drinks and snacks as well.

Click here to see the agenda for the day.

This Field Day is free of charge, and you don’t need to register ahead of time, but we’d appreciate knowing if you will be coming so we can plan accordingly.  Please email or call Mardell Jasnowski if you plan to attend. or 402-694-4191.

This project is funded through a grant from the Nebraska Environmental Trust and administered through the Nebraska Academy of Sciences. The Trust is funded through a grant from the Nebraska Lottery and has awarded more than $204 million to 1,500 projects.

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