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VO & CE: Citizen science day @ Platte River Prairies

Saturday, June 29, 2019
9:30 am3:30 pm
NC Platte River Prairies near Wood River

From Mardell Jasnowski at Nature Conservancy's Platte River Prairies:

This will be the first time we’ve done a citizen-science type project like this. There will be a butterfly count, a plant inventory, and just fun hikes. You don’t have to be an expert at anything to participate. Training and prairie provided.

We will have people to lead each group and train others on the methods we’re using. It should be a great opportunity to learn and have fun. And if you don’t want to collect data, just come and go on the prairie hikes to enjoy what should be a very pretty time of year in the prairies.

We hope you can come join us at this first event. We’re sure you’ll learn a lot, both about butterflies/plants and about how to make this event as useful as possible – both to participants and science. Also, if we haven’t mentioned it yet, we hope to have your help coming up with a better name for the event itself.

If you intend to come, please RSVP to Mardell Jasnowski at or 402-694-4191. If you do happen to have particular expertise in butterflies or plant identification, please let her know if you’d be willing to play a leadership role, if needed. Bring drinking water, sunscreen, a lunch, and whatever else you need for a day in the prairie. We will provide refills for your drinks, as well as some light snacks.

Here is the schedule for the day:

June 29, 2019

9:30 am – introduction to the day

10 am – first session

11:30 am – lunch (bring your own – we’ll provide refills of water/other drinks and snacks)

12:15 pm – second session

1:45 pm – break

2 pm – third session

3:30 pm – done

The event will take place at The Nature Conservancy’s Platte River Prairies and our Derr House, take the Wood River exit from Interstate 80 (exit #300), go two miles south, and then turn right immediately after the sharp curve in the highway to continue south. You’ll immediately see our sign and a driveway up to the brick house on a small hill.

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