Christmas trees were grown and sold at Prairie Pines from 1965 to 2001. Mature stands remain.
Preserve a habitat for all living things.

In 1959, University of Nebraska, Lincoln (UNL) Forestry Assoc. Professor Walter Thaine Bagley and wife Virginia purchased the 145 acre row crop farm with a 10 acre native prairie, that is now the Prairie Pines Nature Preserve.

They transformed the farm to woodlands, windbreaks, grassland and wildlife habitat with diverse trees, an arboretum and reclaimed grassland.

It became the first “choose-and-cut” Christmas tree farm, the first home for Raptor Recovery, and the first Conservation Easement in Nebraska.

Prairie Pines was donated to the University of Nebraska Foundation in 1992 to be “protected forever as a place that would provide a pleasant habitat for all beings--plant and animal.”

The Prairie Pines mission is to sustain a habitat for all living things through conservation, education and experience to promote a lasting connection with the natural world and its resources.

Watch the Prairie Pines story
"Celebrate life by planting trees and saving and establishing natural prairies wherever you are."
-W.T. Bagley
Promote Diversity

Prairie Pines is home to a rich collection of natural resources in its plants and wildlife. That richness is amplified by the restorative, aesthetic and educational experiences to be found here.

It is a place for wildlife to exist and for humans to discover their place and duty in the natural world, a world that is ever present yet ever changing and inviting discovery.

Our arboretum and woodland represent a fifty year effort by the Bagleys to create a forest in their lifetime. Planted almost exclusively from seed or seedling, the tree success demonstrates the benefit of planting trees as communities rather than individuals.

Species Lists

See our wildlife captured by UNL students


Scientific Name Common Name
Storeria dekayi brown snake
Thamnophis sirtalis common garter snake
Hyla chrysoscelis Cope's gray treefrog
Thamnophis radix plains garter snake
Lithobates blairi plains leopard frog
Anaxyrus woodhousii Woodhouse's toad
Acris blanchard Blanchard's cricket frog
Pseudacris maculata borreal chorus frog
Lithobates catesbeianus bullfrog
Pituophis catenifer bullsnake
Chelydra serpentina common snapping turtle
Chrysemys picta northern painted turtle
Diadophis punctatus ringneck snake
Apalone mutica smooth softshell


Scientific Name Common Name
Blarina brevicauda short-tailed shrew
Didelphis marsupialis opossum
Eptesicus fuscus big brown bat
Lasiurus borealis red bat
Mephitis mephitis striped skunk
Microtus ochrogaster prairie vole
Microtus pennsylvanicus meadow vole
Mus musculus house mouse
Myotis septentrionalis northern long-eared bat
Odocoileus virginianus white-tailed deer
Peromyscus leucopus white-footed mouse
Peromyscus maniculatus deer mouse
Procyon lotor raccoon
Reithrodontomys megalotis western harvest mouse
Scalopus aquaticus eastern mole
Sciurus niger rufiventer fox squirrel
Sorex cinereus masked shrew
Sylvilagus floridanus eastern cottontail
Vulpes vulpes red fox
Zapus hudsonius meadow jumping mouse
Taxidea taxus badger
Canis latrans coyote

Woody Plants

Scientific Name Family Common Name
Abies balsamea Pinaceae - pine family balsam fir
Abies concolor Pinaceae - pine family concolor fir
Abies concolor 'Horning' Pinaceae - pine family Horning concolor fir
Acer buergeranum Aceraceae - maple family trident maple
Acer campestre Aceraceae - maple family hedge maple
Acer glabrum Aceraceae - maple family Rocky Mountain maple
Acer griseum Aceraceae - maple family paperbark maple
Acer henryi Aceraceae - maple family ivy-leafed maple
Acer negundo Aceraceae - maple family boxelder
Acer platanoides Aceraceae - maple family Norway maple
Acer saccharinum Aceraceae - maple family silver maple
Acer saccharum Aceraceae - maple family sugar maple
Acer saccharum ssp. saccharum Aceraceae - maple family sugar maple
Acer saccharum sub. nigrum Aceraceae - maple family black sugar maple
Acer tataricum ssp.ginnala Aceraceae - maple family Amur maple
Acer truncatum Aceraceae - maple family purpleblow maple
Aesculus glabra Hippocastanaceae - horsechestnut family Ohio buckeye
Aesculus glabra Hippocastanaceae - horsechestnut family Ohio buckeye
Aesculus hippocastanum Hippocastanaceae - horsechestnut family horsechestnut
Aesculus octandra Hippocastanaceae - horsechestnut family yellow buckeye
Ailanthus altissima Simaroubaceae - quassia family tree-of-heaven
Amelalanchier alnifolia Rosaceae - Rose family Saskatoon serviceberry
Amelalanchier alnifolia 'Smokey' Rosaceae - Rose family Smokey Saskatoon serviceberry
Amelanchier arborea Rosaceae - Rose family juneberry
Amelanchier canadensis Rosaceae - Rose family shadblow serviceberry
Asimina triloba Anonaceae pawpaw
Bambusae spp Bambusoiddeae bamboo
Betula fruticosa Betulaceae - birch family Japanese bog birch
Buxus microphylla Buxaceae - boxwood family littleleaf boxwood
Campsis radicans Bignoniaceae - bignonia family trumpet-vine
Carpinus caroliniana Betulaceae - birch family American hornbeam
Carya cordiformis Juglandaceae - walnut family bitternut hickory
Carya illinoinesis Juglandaceae - walnut family pecan
Carya ovata Juglandaceae - walnut family shagbark hickory
Caryopteris xcladenensis 'Dark Knight' Verbenaceae - vervain family Dark Knight blue mist spirea
Castanea dentata Fagaceae - beech family American chestnut
Castanea mollissima Fagaceae - beech family Chinese chestnut
Catalpa bignoides Bignoniaceae - bignonia family southern catalpa
Catalpa xfargesii Bignoniaceae - bignonia family Farges catalpa
Ceanothus americanus Rhamnaceae - buckthorn family New Jersey tea
Celastrus scandens Celestraceae - bittersweet family American bittersweet
Celtis koriensis Ulmaceae - elm family sugarberry
Celtis occidentalis Ulmaceae - elm family hackberry
Cephlanthus occidentalis Rubiaceae - madder family buttonbush
Cercis canadensis Caesalpiniaceae - caesalpinia family eastern redbud
Cladrastis kentuckea Fabaceae - pea family yellowwood
Clematis heracleifolia var. davidiana Ranunculaceae - buttercup family David's fragrant tube-flower clematis
Clematis terniflora Ranunculaceae - buttercup family sweetautumn clematis
Clematis xjackmanii Ranunculaceae - buttercup family Jackman clematis
Cornus alba Cornaceae - dogwood family tatarian dogwood
Cornus alternifolia Cornaceae - dogwood family pagoda dogwood
Cornus ammonum Cornaceae - dogwood family silky dogwood
Cornus drummondii Cornaceae - dogwood family roughleaf dogwood
Cornus florida Cornaceae - dogwood family flowering dogwood
Cornus foemina ssp. racemosa Cornaceae - dogwood family gray dogwood
Cornus kousa Cornaceae - dogwood family Japanese dogwood
Cornus mas Cornaceae - dogwood family Corneliancherry dogwood
Cornus paucinerva Cornaceae - dogwood family few nerved dogwood
Cornus sanguinea Cornaceae - dogwood family red dogwood
Corylus americana Betulaceae - birch family American hazelnut
Corylus colurna Betulaceae - birch family Turkish filbert
Cotinus ovbovatus Anacardiaceae - sumac family American smoketree
Cotoneaster interrigima Rosaceae - Rose family European cotoneaster
Cotoneaster lucidus Rosaceae - Rose family hedge cotoneaster
Crataegus crusgalli Rosaceae - Rose family cockspur hawthorn
Crataegus phaenopyrum Rosaceae - Rose family Washington hawthorn
Crategus ambigua Rosaceae - Rose family European singleseed hawthorn
Diospyrus virginiana Ebenaceae - ebony family persimmon
Elaeagnus angustifoia Elaeagnaceae - oleaster family Russianolive
Elaeagnus umbellata Elaeagnaceae - oleaster family autumnolive
Eunoymus fortuneii Celestraceae - bittersweet family wintercreeper
Euonymus alatus Celestraceae - bittersweet family winged euonymous
Euonymus atropurpurea Celestraceae - bittersweet family eastern wahoo
Euonymus bungeanna 'Pink Lady' Celestraceae - bittersweet family Pink Lady winterberry euonymus
Euonymus europea Celestraceae - bittersweet family European burningbush
Forsythia 'Meadowlark' Oleaceae - olive family Meadowlark forsythia
Forsythia suspensa Oleaceae - olive family weeping forsythia
Fraxinus americana Oleaceae - olive family white ash
Fraxinus bungeana Oleaceae - olive family Bunge ash
Fraxinus excelsior Oleaceae - olive family European ash
Fraxinus pennsylvanica Oleaceae - olive family green ash
Ginkgo biloba Ginkoaceae - ginkgo family ginkgo
Gleditisia triacanthos 'Calhoun' Caesalpiniaceae - caesalpinia family honeylocust
Gleditsia triacanthos "Bagley Hills" Caesalpiniaceae - caesalpinia family Bagley Hills honeylocust
Gleditsia tricanthos Caesalpiniaceae - caesalpinia family honeylocust
Gymnocladus dioicus Caeselpiniaceae - caesalpinia familly Kentucky coffeetree
Hedera helix Araliaceae - ginseng family English ivy
Hepticodium micronoides Caprifoliaceae seven son flower
Juglans ailantifolia var. cordiformis Juglandaceae - walnut family heartnut
Juglans cinerea Juglandaceae - walnut family butternut
Juglans nigra Juglandaceae - walnut family black walnut
Juglans nigra 'Thomas' Juglandaceae - walnut family Thomas black walnut
Juglans regia Juglandaceae - walnut family Persian walnut
Juniperus chinensis 'Hetzii' Cupressaceae - cypress family Chinese juniper
Juniperus chinensis 'Pfitzeriana' Cupressaceae - cypress family Chinese juniper
Juniperus horizontalis Cupressaceae - cypress family creeping juniper
Juniperus horizontalis 'Sutton' 'Ogallala' Cupressaceae - cypress family creeping juniper
Juniperus scopulorum Cupressaceae - cypress family Rocky Mountain juniper
Juniperus virginiana Cupressaceae - cypress family eastern red cedar
Koelreutaria paniculata Sapindaceae - soapberry family golden raintree
Kolkwitzia amabilis Caprifoliaceae - honeysuckle family beautybush
Larix gmelini Pinaceae - pine family Dahurian larch
Ligustrum vulgare Oleaceae - olive family European privet
Liquidambar styraciflua Hamaelidaceae - witch-hazel familly sweetgum
Lonicera hirsuta Caprifoliaceae - honeysuckle family hairy honeysuckle
Lonicera mackii Caprifoliaceae - honeysuckle family Amur honeysuckle
Maackia amurensis Fabaceae - pea family Amur maackia
Maclura pomifera Moraceae - mulberry family osage-orange
Magnolia kobus Magnoliaceae - magnolia family Kobus magnolia
Magnolia macrophylla Magnoliaceae - magnolia family big-leaf magnolia
Malus baccata 'Midwest' Rosaceae - Rose family Midwest flowering crabapple
Malus 'kelsii' Rosaceae - Rose family Kelsy flowering crab
Malus pumila x baccata 'Vanguard' Rosaceae - Rose family Vanguard flowering crabapple
Malus 'Red Splendor' Rosaceae - Rose family Red Splendor flowering crabapple
Malus sargentii Rosaceae - Rose family Sargent flowering crabapple
Malus sibirica (baccata) Rosaceae - Rose family Siberian crab apple
Morus alba Moraceae - mulberry family white mulberry
Ostrya virginiana Betulaceae - birch family American hophorbeam
Parthenocissus inserta Vitaceae - grape family thicket creeper
Picea abies Pinaceae - pine family Norway spruce
Picea glauca Pinaceae - pine family white spruce
Picea pungens var. glauca Pinaceae - pine family blue spruce
Pinus armandii Pinaceae - pine family Chinese white pine
Pinus bungeana Pinaceae - pine family lacebark pine
Pinus nigra Pinaceae - pine family Austrian pine
Pinus ponderosa Pinaceae - pine family ponderosa pine
Pinus strobiformis Pinaceae - pine family southwestern white pine
Pinus strobus Pinaceae - pine family eastern white pine
Pinus sylvestris Pinaceae - pine family Scotch pine
Platanus occidentalis Plantanaceae - sycamore or planetree family American sycamore
Platycladus orientalis Cupressaceae - cypress family Oriental arborvitae
Populus deltoides Salicaceae - willow family eastern cottonwood
Populus deltoides 'Ohio Red' Salicaceae - willow family Ohio Red eastern cottonwood
Populus xcandensis 'Nor'easter' Salicaceae - willow family Nor'easter eastern cottonwood
Prunus americana Rosaceae - Rose family American plum
Prunus angustifolia Rosaceae - Rose family chickasaw plum
Prunus hortulana Rosaceae - Rose family hortulana plum
Prunus serotina Rosaceae - Rose family black cherry
Prunus serotina var. slicifolia Rosaceae - Rose family Capulin cherry
Prunus tomentosa Rosaceae - Rose family Nanking cherry
Prunus virginiana Rosaceae - Rose family common chokecherry
Pseudotsuga menziesii Pinaceae - pine family Douglas fir
Pyrus betulifolia Rosaceae - Rose family birch-leaf pear
Pyrus calleryana Rosaceae - Rose family callery pear
Pyrus communis 'Maxine' Rosaceae - Rose family Maxine common pear
Pyrus ussariensis Rosaceae - Rose family Ussurian pear
Quercus acuitissima 'Gobbler' Fagaceae - beech family Gobbler sawtooth oak
Quercus alba Fagaceae - beech family white oak
Quercus bicolor Fagaceae - beech family swamp white oak
Quercus coccinea Fagaceae - beech family scarlet oak
Quercus imbricaria Fagaceae - beech family shingle oak
Quercus lyrata Fagaceae - beech family overcup oak
Quercus macrocarpa Fagaceae - beech family bur oak
Quercus macrocarpa 'Lippert' Fagaceae - beech family bur oak
Quercus mongolica Fagaceae - beech family Mongolian oak
Quercus muehlenbergia Fagaceae - beech family chinkapin oak
Quercus palustris Fagaceae - beech family pin oak
Quercus phellos x palustris Fagaceae - beech family Rich's oak
Quercus prinoides Fagaceae - beech family dwarf chinkapin oak
Quercus robur Fagaceae - beech family English oak
Quercus rubra Fagaceae - beech family northern red oak
Quercus stellata Fagaceae - beech family post oak
Quercus velotina Fagaceae - beech family black oak
Quercus xbebbiana Fagaceae - beech family Bebb's oak
Rhus aromatica Anacardiaceae - sumac family fragrant sumac
Rhus glabra Anacardiaceae - sumac family smooth sumac
Rhus typhina Anacardiaceae - sumac family staghorn sumac
Ribes missouriense Grossulariaceae - currant familly Missouri gooseberry
Ribes 'Pixwell' Grossulariaceae - currant familly gooseberry
Robinia pseudoacacia Fabaceae - pea family black locust
Rosa arkansana var. suffulta Rosaceae - Rose family Arkansas rose
Rosa eglantaria Rosaceae - Rose family sweet briar
Rosa 'Fairy' Rosaceae - Rose family Fairy rose
Rosa multiflora Rosaceae - Rose family multiflora rose
Rosa woodsii Rosaceae - Rose family Woods rose
Rubus ideus Rosaceae - Rose family red rasberry
Rubus occidentalis Rosaceae - Rose family black rasberry
Salix amygdaloides Salicaceae - willow family peachleaf willow
Salix discolor Salicaceae - willow family pussywillow
Salix tonginensis 'Xingjang' Salicaceae - willow family Zingjang poplar
Sambucus candensis Caprifoliaceae - honeysuckle family American elder
Smilax hispida Smilaceae - catbrier famility bristly green brier
Symphiocarpus orbiculatus Caprifoliaceae - honeysuckle family coralberry
Syringa reticulata Oleaceae - olive family Japanese tree lilac
Syringa vulgaris Oleaceae - olive family common lilac
Taxus xmedia 'Hicksii' Taxaceae - yew family Anglo-Japanese yew
Thuja occidentalis Cupressaceae - cypress family oriental arborvitae
Tilia americana Tiliaceae - basswood family American linden
Tilia cordata Tiliaceae - basswood family littleleaf linden
Tilia tometosum Tiliaceae - basswood family silver linden
Toxicodendron radicans ssp.negundo Anacardiaceae - sumac family poison ivy
Ulmus americana Ulmaceae - elm family American elm
Ulmus japonica v.mandshurica Ulmaceae - elm family Japanese elm
Ulmus parvifolia Ulmaceae - elm family Chinese elm
Ulmus pumila Ulmaceae - elm family Siberian elm
Ulmus thomasi Ulmaceae - elm family rock elm
Viburnum xjuddii Caprifoliaceae - honeysuckle family Judd viburnum
Viburnum carlesii Caprifoliaceae - honeysuckle family Koreanspice viburnum
Viburnum dentatum Caprifoliaceae - honeysuckle family arrowwood viburnum
Viburnum lantana Caprifoliaceae - honeysuckle family wayfaring tree
Viburnum lentago Caprifoliaceae - honeysuckle family nannyberry viburnum
Viburnum mongolicum Caprifoliaceae - honeysuckle family Mongolian viburnum
Viburnum prunifolium Caprifoliaceae - honeysuckle family blackhaw viburnum
Viburnum trilobum Caprifoliaceae - honeysuckle family American cranberrybush viburnum
Vinca minor Apocynaceae - dogbane family periwinkle
Vitus riparia Vitaceae - grape family riverbank grape
Zelkova serrata Ulmaceae - elm family Japanese zelkova

Remnant Prairie

Scientific Name Common Name
Poa pratensis Kentucky bluegrass
Bromus inermis smooth brome
Andropogon gerardii big bluestem
Carex bicknellii Bicknell's sedge
Aster ericoides heath aster
Carex gravida heavy-fruit sedge
Trifolium pratense red clover
Carex brevior short-beak sedge
Melilotis officinalis yellow sweet-clover
Panicum oligosanthes Scribner panicum
Medicago lupulina black medick
Amorpha canescens leadplant
Physalis virginiana Virginia ground-cherry
Pediomelum argophyllum silver-leaf scurf-pea
Shizachyrium scoparium little bluestem
Euphorbia nutans eyebane
Bouteloua curtipendula side-oats grama
Oxalis violacea violet wood sorrel
Viola pedatfida prairie violet
Callirhoe alcaeoides pale poppy-mallow
Rudbeckia hirta black-eyed Susan
Sorghastrum nutans Indiangrass
Veronia baldwinii western ironweed
Ulmus spp elm spp
Koelria macrantha junegrass
Achilliea millefolium yarrow
Brickellia eupatoroides false-boneset
Senecio plattensis prairie ragwort
Solidago canadensis Canada goldenrod
Asclepias virticillata whorled milkweed
Convolvulus arvensis false-boneset
Hackelia virginiana Virginia stickseed
Solidago missouriensis Missouri goldenrod
Taraxacum offinale common dandelion
Cirsium spp thistle
Dalea (Petalostemum) candida white prairie clover
Solanum carolinense horse nettle
Sporobolus compositus tall dropseed
Antennaria neglecta plains pussytoes
Apocynum cannibinum hemp dogbane
Asclepias syriaca common milkweed
Calystegia spp bindweed spp
Carex medii Mead's sedge
Comandra umbellata toadflax
Dalea (Petalostemum) purpurea purple prairie clover
Helianthus grosserratus saw-tooth sunflower
Hieracium longipilum long beard hawkweed
Juncus dudleyi Dudley's rush
Prunus americana American plum
Salvia azurea blue sage
Artemisia ludoviciana prairie sage
Baptisia bracteata cream wild indigo
Carex mesochorea midland sedge
Chenopodium spp goosefoot spp
Cirsium undulatum wavy-leaf thistle
Cyperus lupulinus Great Plains flatsedge
Erechtities hieracifolia burnweed
Eupatorium altissimum tall boneset
Fraxinus pennsylvanica green ash
Lithospermum incissum fringed paccoon
Panicum virgatum switchgrass
Phytolacca americana American pokeweed
Rhus glabra smooth sumac
Solanum ptychanthum black nightshade
Solanum spp nightshade spp
Sporobolis heterolepis prairie dropseed


Scientific Name Common Name
Accipiter striatus sharp-shinned hawk
Agelaius phoeniceus red-winged blackbird
Archilochus culubris ruby-throated hummingbird
Ammoddramus savannarum grasshopper sparrow
Bombycilla cedrorum cedar waxwing
Bubo virginianus great horned owl
Buteo jamaicensis red-tailed hawk
Cardinalis cardinalis Northern cardinal
Carduelis pinus pine siskin
Carduelis tristis American goldfinch
Carpodacus mexicanus house finch
Carpodacus purpureus purple finch
Cathartes aura turkey vulture
Catharus guttatus hermit thrush
Certhia americana brown creeper
Chondestes grammacus lark sparrow
Chordeiles acutipennis common nighthawk
Colaptes auratus Northern flicker
Colinus virginianus Northern bobwhite
Contopus virens Eastern wood-pewee
Corvus brachyhynchos American crow
Cyanocitta cristata blue jay
Dendroica petechial yellow warbler
Dolichonyx oryzivorus bobolink
Dumetella carolinensis gray catbird
Eremophila alpestris horned lark
Falco columbariuus merlin
Falco sparverius American kestrel
Geothylypis trichas common yellowthroat
Hirundo rustica barn swallow
Icterus galbula Baltimore oriole
Icterus spurius orchard oreole
Junco hyemalis dark-eyed junko
Megascops asio Eastern screech owl
Melanerpes carolinus red-bellied woodpecker
Melanerpes erythrocephalus red-headed woodpecker
Meleagris gallopavo wild turkey
Myiarchus crinitus great crested flycatcher
Passer domesticus house sparrow
Passerina cyanea indigo bunting
Phasianus colchicus ring-necked pheasant
Pheucticus ludovicianus rose-breasted grosbeak
Picoides pubescens downy woodpecker
Pipilo erythrophthalmus Eastern towhee
Poecile atricapillus black-capped chickadee
Pooecetes gramineus vesper sparrow
Quiscalus quiscula common grackle
Regulus satrapa golden crowned kinglet
Sayornis phoebe Eastern phoebe
Sialia sialis Eastern bluebird
Sitta canadensis red-breasted nuthatch
Sitta carolinensis white-breasted nuthatch
Spiza americana dickcissel
Spizella arborea field sparrow
Spizella passerina chipping sparrow
Strix varia barred owl
Sturnelia magna Eastern meadowlark
Sturnus vulgaris European starling
Thryothorus ludovicianus Carolina wren
Toxostoma rufum brown thrasher
Troglodytes acdon house wren
Turdus migratorius American robin
Tyrannus tyrannus Eastern kingbird
Zenaida macrours mourning dove
Zonotrichia leucophrys white-crowned sparrow
Zonotrichia querula Harris' sparrow
"This property will forever be managed for the benefit of all living creatures."
-W.T. Bagley

Photo by Rodene Essman-Brchan ©


Planning and funding for a visitor center involving renovation of existing residence with restrooms, as an educational and gathering place where nature, knowledge and experience meet.

Wildlife Habitat

Conservation of diverse species and recognition of equitable ecosystem services to promote and demonstrate sustainability.


Collaborate with UNL, local schools, communities and outreach/educational organizations to provide learning opportunities and nature-based programming, research and enrichment.


Planning and funding for a Prairie Pines Connector Trail to connect with the Murdock Trial on 112th St. for alternative access to the site for active and passive use by the public and learning communities.

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Our tallgrass prairie represents the dominant ecosystem in southeast Nebraska before settlement.
"This place is supposed to last."

-W.T. Bagley

Prairie Pines Pals (PPP) became part of the Prairie Pines story in 2009 when the nonprofit was created to facilitate the vision of the donors in collaboration with the University of Nebraska Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources and the Nebraska Forest Service.

The Prairie Pines Partners mission is to provide leadership to develop Prairie Pines as a site of natural resource conservation for education, research and recreation for all.

Board Members

  • Dean Folkers
  • Connie Guhde
  • Mary Hillis
  • Mike Hillis
  • Sara Keene
  • Sue Kohles
  • Lisa Sutton
  • Nancy Scott
  • Denise Wally


+-University of Nebraska Foundation
University of Nebraska Foundation (UNF) is the owner of Prairie Pines. Prairie Pines was gifted to UNF in 1992 by donors Walter Thaine and Virginia Bagley. UNF is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) dedicated to the advancement of the University of Nebraska.

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+-UNL Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources
University of Nebraska Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources (IANR) leases Prairie Pines and supervises the management of Prairie Pines. The IANR goal is “To lead initiatives that position the University as the premier source of the research (basic and applied) and talent required in meeting the needs of Nebraska in food, water, renewable energy and health — and doing so in a sustainable manner.”

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+-Nebraska Forest Service
The Nebraska Forest Service (NFS) is Nebraska’s state forestry agency. As part of the University of Nebraska’s Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources (IANR), the NFS is responsible for management of the forest and grassland areas at Prairie Pines, and is uniquely positioned to assist in bringing Walt’s vision for Prairie Pines to life. The NFS mission is "To enrich lives of Nebraska's citizens by protecting, restoring and utilizing Nebraska's tree and forest resources."

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+-Community Crops
Community Crops is a non-profit organization that provides education, advocacy and experiences to empower people to grow local food. In 2013, the Community Crops Growing Farmers Training Program began a farmer training program on five acres of land at Prairie Pines.

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+-Nebraska Statewide Arboretum
The Nebraska Statewide Arboretum was founded in 1978 as part of UNL’s Institute of Agriculture of Natural Resources. The statewide arboretum is dedicated to improving and enhancing Nebraska community landscapes, promoting native plants, and inspiring adults and children to get involved in gardening. Prairie Pines is an affiliated arboretum site of the Nebraska Statewide Arboretum.

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Promote nature experience and education for all ages. UNL art student installation on right.

Photo by Amanda Breitbach