• Big Skies
    Big Skies

    Big, clear blue skies are predominant on the Nebraska prairie. Photo courtesy of Rick Rasmussen.

  • Surveying the Landscape
    Surveying the Landscape

    A Whitetail doe looking across an open prairie grassland is a common sight around Grand Island. Photo courtesy of Rick Rasmussen.

  • Young and in Love
    Young and in Love

    Learn to love the open spaces of Nebraska prairie with its abundant wildlife, colorful flowers and grasses, and brilliant sunsets.

  • The Prairie's Namesake
    The Prairie's Namesake

    Prairie Dog towns are incredible communities of these cute little critters. Photo courtesy of Rick Rasmussen.

  • Mist Over Morning Prairie
    Mist Over Morning Prairie

    A morning mist hangs over the grasses of this central Nebraska prairie. Photo courtesy of Rick Rasmussen.

The Greatest Grassland

Prairie is the French word for meadow.

According to Theodore Roosevelt*, "We have taken into our language the word prairie, because when our backwoodsmen first reached the land [in the Midwest] and saw the great natural meadows of long grass — sights unknown to the gloomy forests wherein they had always dwelt — they knew not what to call them, and borrowed the term already in use among the French inhabitants."

Pitch any preconcieved notions you might have about the prairie.

We love our French meadows here in Nebraska. They are where we play, meditate, and marvel at some of the most spectacular sunrises and sunsets in the world.

So pitch any preconcieved notions you might have about the prairies and come experience the waves of amber grass in central Nebraska. Come and explore the flora and fauna of the Platte River Valley and the Sandhills. Experience for yourself the incredible skies bursting with color at sunrise and clear as crystal while stargazing at night.

* Roosevelt, Theodore (1889). The Winning of the West: Volume I. New York and London: G. P. Putnam's Sons. p. 34