Winter, spring, summer and fall, Prairie Plains Resource Institute offers a variety of annual activities to get you outdoors and learning about the natural wonders that surround us! Events range from leisurely hikes to our annual Prairie Plains Fun Run and summer day camps for youth.

See a full listing of 2019 Events here.

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New Year's Day Hike

Every January 1

Start the New Year off right with some fresh air and exercise while hiking the hills of Gjerloff Prairie near Marquette, Nebraska. Weather dictates the length of the hike, but the scenery is beautiful regardless of the weather.

Annual Meeting


Our annual meeting of members gives us a chance to review the successes of the previous year and plan for the future. Refreshments are served afterwards.

Bader Park Tours

February, April, May, June, September, October, November

Our walking tours of Bader Park near Chapman, Nebraska, begin in February and continue throughout the year. These leisurely trail hikes offer plenty of time for discussion and observation. Refreshments at the Bader House follow the hikes.

Sherman Ranch Prairie Hike


A walking tour of the Sherman Ranch Prairie near Marquette, Nebraska, takes place each March. Migrating waterfowl are observed during this leisurely hike.

Gjerloff Prairie Hike


Join us for a walking tour of the Gjerloff Prairie near Marquette, Nebraska. There’s plenty of time for discussion and observation during this leisurely hike.

Prairie Plains Fun Run


The Prairie Plains Fun Run takes runners and walkers along a beautiful mowed trail through the hills and prairie of Gjerloff Prairie and Farm near Marquette, Nebraska. Both 5K and 10K are available.

Download and print a registration form here!

Register Online for the 2019 Fun Run/Walk

Sioux County Ranch Trek


The Ranch Trek begins with lunch at the Longhorn Bar and Grill in Harrison, Nebraska. Following lunch, we drive to the ranch to enjoy a driving/walking tour of the beautiful Guadalcanal Memorial Prairie and Ranch. A cookout concludes the day.

Youth Naturalist Program


The Youth Naturalist Program for sixth- through 10th-graders is modeled after SOAR (Summer Orientation About Rivers) but with a more advanced curriculum for a smaller group. Campers get a hands-on look at Nebraska's natural environment.

Find out the specifics of this year's Youth Naturalist Program here.



SOAR (Summer Orientation About Rivers), our award-winning day camp for third- through sixth-graders, gets kids out in nature to learn and better appreciate where we live. Two sessions are offered each July.

Please note: Week 2 (July 15-18, 2019) is full.  No more registrations for Week 2 are being accepted online.  Please call the office at 402-694-5535 if you are interested in the Week 2 waiting list.  There is still availability in Week 1 (July 8-11, 2019).

Download the 2019 SOAR Registration Form here.

Register online. (Please note there is a convenience fee for online registrations.)

Winter Bird Hike at Bader Park


Like our other walking tours of Bader Park near Chapman, Nebraska, this hike is leisurely with plenty of time for discussion and observation. But this activity particularly emphasizes the birds who spend winter in our area. Refreshments at the Bader House follow the hike.

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