Whitney Education Center

A dream has come true. The Charles L. Whitney Education Center, a concept nurtured with over 40 years of insight and hard work, has become a reality. Constructed by moving a nearby historic barn to the Gjerloff Prairie, the Center provides people of all ages a place to gather, learn, discuss, explore, share, work, think, relax...all while surrounded by a beautiful prairie landscape.

In its 1980 Articles of Incorporation, Prairie Plains founders established as one of their founding purposes:

"To provide a center where persons of mutual interest in the natural history, horticulture, agriculture, human culture, sociology, development and the welfare of the Plains may exchange ideas for the benefit and welfare of the members thereof and the state and the nation."

Space to Meet a Variety of Needs

A generous grant from the Nebraska Environmental Trust allowed us to purchase the Gjerloff Prairie as the site of the Education Center. The remodeled barn features classrooms with lab space, a large activity/meeting space, screened porch, conference room, kitchen and restrooms. Not only will the Center provide much-needed space for current Prairie Plains educational events, it will allow us to share the work of the Institute with more people while we build relationships and identify opportunities for further collaboration. The Center will also be available for corporate retreats, community events and family gatherings.

 Check out photos of the Education Center on Facebook

Interested in Renting the Education Center?

We welcome you to fill out our rental application for your next retreat, event or gathering. As of now, the Board of Directors will be working with the Prairie Plains staff to process rental requests. Priority will be giving to events in line with the mission of Prairie Plains and to Prairie Plains members and supporters.