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  • Prairie Plains Resource Institute - Prairie Plains Resource Institute
    winning nature day camp for elementary students and much much more Prairie Plains on NPR Harvest Public Media recently produced a radio and video segment about our prairie restoration program that aired on Nebraska s NPR stations The radio story is available at the top of the page and the video is further down We appreciate the opportunity to share information about what we do with the NPR audience Listen watch and enjoy Chance of a Lifetime WE DID IT We ve exercised our option to purchase the 650 acre Sherman Ranch along the Platte River in Hamilton County and surpassed our fundraising goal of 1 882 390 We ll close on the property in late February and then begin our work to make it accessible to people A huge THANK YOU to everyone who supported this amazing project to make Tom Sherman s wishes for his land come true Read Bill Whitney s article in Prairie Fire Newspaper about Tom Sherman and his land here and watch an interview with Tom Sherman to hear more about what this property meant to him A Great Celebration Our Celebration of the Prairie held on January 23rd was a HUGE success Thanks

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  • Become A Member - Prairie Plains Resource Institute
    Send to a Friend Home Get Involved Become A Member Become A Member You can contribute to the mission of Prairie Plains Resource Institute by becoming a member Members receive regular updates regarding the work and progress of the Institute and gain opportunities to participate in unique educational recreational and volunteer activities in diverse Nebraska landscapes PPRI is a 501 c 3 organization Contributions are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law Yes I want to join Prairie Plains Resource Institute and celebrate the land and create opportunities for its people Step 1 Select a level 25 34 Bluestem 35 49 Goldenrod 50 99 Bobolink 100 499 Prairie Falcon 500 999 Bison 1000 Golden Eagle Step2 Make your payment You will be directed to PayPal to make a secure transaction for your membership payment Please specify a dollar amount within the category range chosen above when filling out the PayPal form A 2 000 limit is placed on all new or non verified accounts Prairie Plains Resource Institute 1307 L Street Aurora NE 68818 402 694 5535 email us 2016 Prairie Plains Resource Institute All rights reserved Site developed and designed by Idea Bank Marketing Downy Gentian Gentiana puberulenta

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  • About Us - Prairie Plains Resource Institute
    Plains Resource Institute was founded in Aurora Nebraska in 1980 with the intent of preserving native Nebraska habitats for use as educational sites for biodiversity preservation science history and land management A non profit membership organization Prairie Plains preserves maintains and restores native prairies and wetlands on its own land and on other private and public lands These conservation sites are used for community education recreation and sustainable economic development

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  • Future Plans - Prairie Plains Resource Institute
    with people is critical Satisfaction is derived from deliberate progress towards our goals and making friends along the way That takes time Beginning in 2004 PPRI began a concerted effort to involve more people in all of its activities This means more visitors to our beautiful properties more educational events and seminars and more volunteer opportunities Along these lines we drafted a 5 year strategic plan outlining the steps necessary to achieve our goals The centerpiece of this plan is our new education center on which we began construction in 2006 Please look at the strategic plan and help us reach its goals by becoming a member Remember like all plans some things happen quickly others more slowly and in a few cases not at all The main point is that we won t change the essence of what we have done for more than 30 years only now we ll involve more people and offer more opportunities for participation and learning Download a PDF version of the 2010 Strategic Plan Download a PDF version of the 2004 Strategic Plan As the Charles L Whitney Education Center takes shape our planning efforts include specific programming at the Center The building

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  • Staff - Prairie Plains Resource Institute
    Award and the Wachiska Audubon Earthkeeper Award in 2000 Crane Conservationist of the Year from Wings Over the Platte in 1999 and in 1998 they received the Lincoln Journal Star Outstanding Wildlife conservationist of the Year Award and were made Admirals in the Great Navy of the State of Nebraska Jan Whitney PUBLICATIONS EDITOR AND SOAR Coordinator Although Jan shares equal responsibility for the creation of Prairie Plains she forever casts the limelight on the talents and success of others She earned a B S in biology from Nebraska Wesleyan University moved to Aurora in 1976 with husband Bill and worked a variety of interesting jobs in between raising the couples two daughters and helping manage Prairie Plains In her current position Jan is responsible for coordinating SOAR the award winning day camp that each year includes over 100 elementary aged campers their teenage peer leaders and countless presenters She handles layout and copywriting for Prairie Plains publications organizes events manages the membership database and makes the most incredible oatmeal chocolate chip cookies you ve ever eaten Bill and Jan recieved the Nebraska Wildlife Federation 2006 Conservationist of the Year Award The Nebraska Statewide Arboretum Blazing Star Award and the Wachiska Audubon Earthkeeper Award in 2000 Crane Conservationist of the Year from Wings Over the Platte in 1999 and in 1998 they received the Lincoln Journal Star Outstanding Wildlife conservationist of the Year Award and were made Admirals in the Great Navy of the State of Nebraska Mike Bullerman Restoration Ecologist and GIS Specialist Mike joined the Prairie Plains staff in 2000 armed with a B S in wildlife ecology from the University of Nebraska Lincoln to manage our prairie restoration program He also has solid GIS Geographic Information System skills which he uses for the benefit of the Institute

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  • Board of Directors - Prairie Plains Resource Institute
    Memorial Prairie and Ranch Griffith Prairie Farm Frank L and Lillian Pokorny Memorial Prairie SOAR and Other Education Publications Prairie Plains Newsletter Aerial Photos Property Brochures Other Downloadable Files Scrapbook Preserves Restoration SOAR and Other Education Education Center Ribbons of Prairie Send to a Friend Home About Us Board of Directors Board of Directors Dwayne Braun Aurora NE Tom Emerton Cairo NE Joyce Gleason Lincoln NE Kelly Kindscher Lawrence KS

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  • Timeline - Prairie Plains Resource Institute
    Prairie Construction began on the Education Center at Griffith Prairie Plans include moving the barn in winter 06 07 Planted 653 acres of prairie on nine different sites Conducted prescribed burns on over 1200 acres Held a record number of volunteer work days including the fourth annual Cedar Attack at Griffith Prairie prescribed burns at Lincoln Creek and Bader Park and six consecutive work evenings from mid May through June for seed collecting and de fencing at Griffith Prairie Two very successful and well attended seasonal festivals that were fun and educational for all ages the Spring Prairie Festival at Griffith Prairie and the Harvest Festival at Lincoln Creek Prairie Banner years for SOAR Flight Fifteen based in Aurora and Flight Ten for Big Bend SOAR co sponsored by Rowe Sanctuary That s a total of over 250 area youth learning about their natural and cultural heritage while having loads of outdoor fun A record number of diverse activities at Griffith Prairie the traditional New Year s Day hike the Spring Prairie Festival and volunteer work evenings mentioned above a Doane College writing group visit and National Trails Day ride in June SOAR for all Ages just prior to SOAR in July a tour group with the North American Prairie conference in July the FAMFest hike and SOAR Day for Nebraska home schooled children in September and the State Range Judging Contest and visit from the History Channel in October Ever increasing programming at the Olson Nature Preserve thanks to a dedicated group of teachers and ONP Stewards in the Boone County area including ongoing Summer Research and Enrichment programs Great Plains Chautauqua on July 8 and another successful Enchanted Evening in October The 24th round of tours at Bader Park now drawing increasing numbers of hikers The Nebraska Wildlife Federation named Bill and Jan Whitney Conservationists of the Year for 2006 for their work with PPRI Began publishing the Prairie Plains Link a monthly newsletter distributed to members 2007 On February 8th and 9th the roof of the Sands Barn was moved to sit on its new foundation at the Prairie Plains Education Center at Griffith Prairie and Farm Launched a powerful new website www prairieplains org Introduced an updated Prairie Plains logo Benefited from 371 volunteer hours spent on everything from building fence to cleaning block for the Ed Center to shelling Sullivant s Milkweed Cosponsored the Grassland Foundation s second annual lecture on Grassland Conservation and Communities Provided a beautiful venue Griffith Prairie for the Mid Nebraska Trail Seekers Volkswalk and a spring trail ride for horse lovers on April 28th Mourned the loss of Charles L Whitney friend board member and legal counsel for Prairie Plains since 1980 Enjoyed Stories as the theme for SOAR Flight 16 with 122 campers and 24 peer leaders Hosted the First Annual Restoration Tour in August highlighting 5 sites of Prairie Plains high diversity restoration our first official activity held in the Education Center Voted unanimously to name the Education Center at Griffith Prairie for the late Charles L Whitney Jr father of Prairie Plains cofounder and director Bill Whitney Harvested a bumper seed crop enough to seed 600 Nebraska acres into beautiful high diversity prairie restorations Raised 150 388 including a 50 000 matching grant from Kiewit Foundation for construction of the Charles L Whitney Education Center 2008 Enjoyed a cold and snowy New Year s Day hike at Griffith Prairie with 25 members and friends Reached the Phase One fundraising goal of 300 000 to allow completion of the first floor of the Charles L Whitney Education Center Constructed and installed three signs on three Prairie Plains properties Griffith Prairie and Farm The Marie Ratzlaff Prairie Preserve and The Frank L and Lillian Pokorny Memorial Prairie Planted 589 acres of high diversity prairie bringing the total number of acres planted since 1980 to almost 6 000 Burned 250 acres of Griffith Prairie including tree piles cut in 2006 2007 an amazing sight Enjoyed SOARing into the Night with Flight 17 of Summer Orientation About Rivers Since 1992 over 1 000 individual campers have benefited from the SOAR experience Completed an outstanding native prairie seed harvest collecting 40 barrels of high diversity seed that s enough seed to plant over 750 acres Enjoyed an increased number of outdoor field days with area schools and realized we never tire of spending time with kids outside Continued planning for the future of the Institute including outdoor education restoration and community development centered around the vast potential of the Education Center 2009 Continued the tradition of the New Year s Day Hike with 16 attendees and some snow on the trails Awarded the Charles L Whitney Outstanding Service Award to long time board member Mitzi Fox Purchased a goose neck trailer to haul equipment and seed to restoration sites Began posting video of prescribed burns Bader Park tours and SOAR on YouTube com Received our third GIS grant in 11 years from Environmental Systems Research Institute for the new 3D Analyst extension Conducted a record number of outdoor field days with area schools Enjoyed a breathtaking Sioux County Ranch Trek in June Timely rain and plenty of it turned the hills green and popped out a variety of colorful wildflowers Bestowed the title of Elite Native Plant Rescue Team ENPRT on our restoration team and made the new title visible on florescent yellow t shirts Collected record numbers of sedges due to a long wet spring Struck out on grass harvest however as grass seed was scarce and the combine fell ill Hosted June Wildflower Week walks as well as the usual Bader Park tours Purchased a 2001 3 4 ton Chevy pickup a much needed upgrade to our restoration equipment Delighted in a record attendance at Hamilton County SOAR Campers enjoyed some new SOAR experiences including a morning at historic Kronborg a tour of Grain Place Foods and a visit from UNL herpetologist Dennis Ferraro Mourned the loss of Prairie Plains

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  • News - Prairie Plains Resource Institute
    the unique opportunity the organization has to acquire the Tom Sherman Ranch along the Platte River Read the entire Prairie Fire article here Older Items May 2015 NTV Showcases Prairie Plains on its 35th Anniversary 04 May 15 14 26 April 2015 Celebrating 35 Years of Prairie Plains 29 Apr 15 09 03 November 2013 Restoration Plan Seeks to Connect People Waterways 25 Nov 13 09 48 February 2010 NTV Visits Prairie Plains Education Center 18 Feb 10 11 09 March 2008 Starting a Nebraska Land Trust Part II 31 Mar 08 10 18 February 2008 Starting a Nebraska Land Trust Part I 20 Feb 08 08 31 January 2008 Education in a Barn 15 Jan 08 15 12 February 2007 Historic barn roof finds a new home 26 Feb 07 10 06 Old barn will help make new Prairie Plains Education Center building 20 Feb 07 10 58 December 2006 Volunteers build foundation of Prairie Plains Ed Center 31 Dec 06 00 03 January 2007 History Channel Program to Include Plainsmen Museum and Griffith Prairie 08 Jan 07 13 56 Board President Cliff Dill s remarks from the Groundbreaking Ceremony 05 Jan 07 12 38 December 2006 Bill Whitney is semifinalist for Volvo for life Awards 30 Dec 06 23 33 Showing of Articles Latest News Sherman Ranch highlighted in Prairie Fire Newspaper June 6 2015 NTV Showcases Prairie Plains on its 35th Anniversary May 1 2015 Celebrating 35 Years of Prairie Plains April 29 2015 Restoration Plan Seeks to Connect People Waterways November 25 2013 NTV Visits Prairie Plains Education Center February 11 2010 Starting a Nebraska Land Trust Part II February 1 2008 Starting a Nebraska Land Trust Part I January 1 2008 Education in a Barn October 13 2007 Historic barn roof finds a new home

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