Volunteer Opportunities

The Nature Conservancy depends heavily on the efforts of volunteers like you to make our conservation efforts successful.

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Platte River Prairies 2018 Work Days
Email confirmation will be sent 7-10 days prior to each event.  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 Saturdays, and they are always 9:00 a.m. until noon.

Where: TNC's Derr House, 13650 South Platte River Drive, Wood River, Nebraska 68883 (on I-80 take exit 300; go south approx. 2 miles; turn right onto South Platte River Dr.; big red brick house on top of the hill.) Download a map.

Date & Expected Activities:
June 2nd - Seeds and trees
June 16th - Seed harvest
July 7th - Seed harvest
July 21st - Seeds and loosestrife AND Field Day!
August 4th - Seeds and loosestrife
August 18th - Seeds and loosestrife
September 1st - Seed harvest
September 15th - Seed harvest
October 6th - Seed harvest and processing
October 20th - Seed harvest and processing
November 3rd - TBA
November 17th - TBA
December 1st - Seed broadcasting
December 15th - Seed broadcasting

Bring: Sturdy shoes, gloves, hat, water bottle, work clothes, ear protection, sunscreen, and insect repellent.  Sharp scissors or a good hand pruner work best for seed harvesting.  Large carabiners are great for hanging buckets from belt loops. 

Please RSVP to Mardell at, (402) 694-4191 or Steve at

Note: TNC would welcome someone willing to care for the small demonstration prairie in front of the Derr House or the nursery about a half-mile away.  Both need tender loving care on a consistent basis.  Contact Mardell or Steve for more information.


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Looking for A Longer-Term Commitment?
Need to build experience for a career in conservation?  Looking for a summer get-away that allows you to give back to the world?  Want to increase your knowledge of prairie ecology or natural history?

If you answered 'yes!' to any of these questions, consider volunteering with The Nature Conservancy at the Platte River Prairies in Nebraska!  We are looking for a few dedicated people who are willing to give a month or more of their time between May and October, 2013.  You can assist us with seed harvesting, native plant nursery work, invasive species control, fence repair and maintenance, research data collection, and inventory/monitoring of plant and animal populations.  In most cases, we can provide housing during your stay, so your primary expenses would be limited to travel to our prairies and food. 

We can tailor your experience to fit your individual needs and preferences.  If you're a student looking for practical job experience, we will make sure you get hands-on practice with a wide variety of tools and techniques and can network with our partner organizations.  If you're more interested in some components of our work than others, we'll do what we can to accommodate that.  We can also help set up individual research or other projects if you want something more in-depth, or need something like that for college credit.

Anyone interested in volunteering with us can contact Mardell Jasnowski at (402) 694-4191 or by email for more information.  We will ask for a resume and references, and will sort through applicants to find a slate of volunteers who match up well with our needs and capacity to provide a good experience for both parties.  There is no deadline for applications - we will begin evaluating them as they come in.


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