Events

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 summer day camps for youth.

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New Year's Day Hike

Every January 1 - 1 PM - Charles L. Whitney Education Center

2206 N M RD, Marquette, NE

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

January 21, 2023 - 1 pm - Charles L. Whitney Education Center

2206 N M RD, Marquette, NE

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

Guided Prairie Hikes

Our guided prairie hikes occur throughout the year. These leisurely trail hikes offer plenty of time for discussion and observation and take place at Gjerloff Prairie and Bader Park.

February 25, 2023 - Waterfowl Migration Hike - Bader Park, Chapman, NE, 7 am
September 21, 2023 - Evening Hike at Gjerloff Prairie - 2206 N M Road, Marquette, NE , 6pm
October 19, 2023 - Evening Hike at Bader Park, Chapman, NE, 5:30pm

Winter Explore Days

Winter Explore Days activities/hikes are geared toward families who would like to get outdoors and explore during the winter. Hikers and families with kids of all ages are welcome!

February 4, 2023 - Winter Explore Days at Bader Park, Chapman, NE, 10am
March 11, 2023 - Winter Explore Days at Gjerloff Prairie, 2206 N M Road, Marquette, NE, 10am

Gjerloff Prairie Saturday Series

Charles L. Whitney Education Center

2206 N M RD, Marquette, NE

Join us on Saturdays in May and June for casual conversation and a relaxed hike at Gjerloff Prairie. Coffee starts at 9:30am, hike/activity starts at 10am. Covering a variety of topics including plant identification, pioneer trail history, prairie insects and river ecology. All ages welcome!

May 6, 2023 - Spring Wildflower Hike, 9:30am
May 13, 2023 - Topic TBD, 9:30am
May 20, 2023 - Topic TBD, 9:30am
May 27, 2023 - Topic TBD, 9:30am
June 3, 2023 - Gjerloff Prairie Fun Run/Walk - 9am
June 10, 2023 - Topic and time TBD

Gjerloff Prairie Fun Run/Walk

June 3, 2023 - Check in 8:30am, Runners 9am, walkers 9:05am

Charles L. Whitney Education Center - 2206 N M RD, Marquette, NE

Walk or run a 5K or 10K on the trails at Gjerloff Prairie and enjoy incredible views of the Platte River and beautiful spring flowers. The course is a mowed trail through the prairie with steep hills and rugged terrain. We run and walk for fun, so no awards are given.

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Youth Naturalist Program

June 26-29, 2023

(Date subject to change - finalized date posted by March 1)

The Youth Naturalist Program for 6th through 9th 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.

Young Nebraska Ecologists

June 19-22, 2023

(Date subject to change - finalized date posted by March 1)

Young Nebraska Ecologists is for 9th through 12th graders and is an extension of SOAR and the Youth Naturalist Program. YNE is an excellent opportunity to gain valuable knowledge about Nebraska ecosystems and participate in outdoor recreation activities like backpacking.

Find out the specifics of this year's Young Nebraska Ecologists program.

SOAR

July 10-13 & July 17-20, 2023

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.

Find out the specifics of this year's SOAR program.