Programs, Events & Field Trips

 
 

Prairie Loft offers a variety of programs for the general public and specialty groups (schools, clubs, service organizations, etc). Activities include educational workshops, field trips, presentations, cultural events, facility rental, and community gatherings. Scroll down for information on field trips at Prairie Loft.

For information about using Prairie Loft for your private or business event, visit the Facility Rental page.

To inquire about presentations, field trips, and other educational group activities, please contact us at info@prairieloft.org or 402-463-0565. Vendors: Please email lorna@prairieloft.org to join our vendor email list.

PUBLIC EVENTS TAKE PLACE RAIN OR SHINE! When you come, please consider carpooling. Due to the nature of the site and variety of visitors, we do not allow visitors to bring dogs or other pets. Thanks for your understanding.

By attending activities on site, you agree to be photographed and/or filmed and give Prairie Loft permission to use your likeness in promotional and/or educational materials.

Springfest (always the Sunday of Earth Day Weekend)

Sunday, April 23, 2017  1-6pm

A celebration for the planting season. Fun for all ages! Sheep shearing demos, wagon rides, farm animals, demonstrations, music for kids, food trucks, art vendors, take-home activities, and more. Free admission! 2017 Springfest schedule.pdf

Flatwater Music Festival (always the last weekend in June)

Friday and Saturday June 23 & 24, 2017

A festival of music, culture, community and fun. Live music, kids’ activities, workshops, food, vendors & more. Visit the Flatwater page for details.

School Field Trips

We offer programs to schools, summer programs, homeschool collaboratives, and other educational organizations. All classes are hands-on and active, with a variety of activities in every session. Activities may include team building activities, nature hikes, art projects, farm to table, animal studies, exploration of gardens, fields, and pasture, and more.

Prairie Loft Staff can also bring the learning to your classroom! Please contact us for more information.

Our field trip lesson plans meet state standards. Download details here: NE State Standards Prairie Loft.pdf

Pricing

Due to the nature of field-based programming, Prairie Loft aims to provide instructors to maintain a 15:1 student:instructor ratio for all programs. Please bring teachers and adults with your group to maintain a teacher:student ratio that is age- and ability-appropriate. Program fees are kept as minimal as possible and cover basic Prairie Loft staff and materials costs.

Costs for field trips (costs can vary subject to activities):

Up to 2 hour program for 5-15 students = $2/student ($20 minimum fee)

Up to 2 hour program for 16-35 students = $3/student

Longer field trip programs are available, and we may be able to accommodate larger groups. Please ask.

Other lesson topics are available, and we can adapt our offerings to provide the best learning experience for your students. Please email info@prairieloft.org to inquire about a field trip for your group.

PRESCHOOL and EARLY ELEMENTARY LESSONS (This is just a sample. Many lessons available!)

My Farm
Through art, exploration, and stories, young students explore interactions that exist in a farm environment. Activities vary seasonally and may include the Learning Barn, a pasture hike, visits to the corn and soybean fields, gardening, storytelling, and art activities.

Birds, Bugs & Other Wonders
Who lives in the trees? Who flies in the sky? Birds & bugs, that’s who! Explore Prairie Loft to discover habitats in the pasture, fields, grass, and sky. This class involves stories, art, and a discovery hike. Students will make an art  project to take home.

Farm Seasons - Spring
Spring has arrived! This class includes an interactive story of a year of seasons on the farm and an exploratory scavenger hunt/ hike to discover the many ways spring emerges at Prairie Loft. Students will even pretend to be a spring rainstorm and an emerging seed!

Farm Seasons - Fall/Winter
How do plants and animals prepare for colder weather? This class includes an interactive story of a year of seasons on the farm and an exploratory scavenger hunt/ hike to discover the changes nature makes as temperatures turn colder. Activities may include harvest activities, autumn leaf art, animal tracking, winter stories and games, etc.

ELEMENTARY and MIDDLE SCHOOL LESSONS (This is just a sample. Many lessons available!)

Animal Adaptations
This class explores how animals have specific adaptations that help them survive in their living environments. Students will play interactive games to discover predator/prey relationships. We’ll explore the surrounding natural areas to look for animal signs to discover who lives there, what their physical adaptations are, and how those adaptations aid in their survival.

Plant Parts
Students will learn about the primary parts of a plant, and how each part serves an important function – for both the plant and people. Vegetables grown on a farm will be the cast of characters from which these ideas will be explored, with edible examples included when possible.

Lunch Detectives

What’s in your lunch? Where did it come from before it landed on the grocery store shelf? We’ll trace our food back to its origins and learn about the people and systems involved along the way. This lesson works well if your group brings a sack lunch.

Tree Treasures

Be a tree! Students will act out the components of a tree to learn how phloem, xylem, and other tree parts function. We’ll look at tree rings, stumps, logs, and living trees to discover more about trees and their role as buffer zones on the farm. We’ll also play an interactive game to learn about products people make from trees.

Birds

Beaks, bills, feet, wings, tails, eggs, nests... Birds come in all shapes and sizes, and we will discover why! Students will take part in activities to discover bird adaptations, habitats, and food sources. We’ll take a hike to find birds and their habitats in the pasture, woodlands, and farm fields. Students will take home a project to extend the learning at home.

Small World

Who lives right under our feet? We’ll closely study a few square feet of ground in and around the farm fields. We’ll use the scientific method to draw conclusions about relationships between plants and animals in this tiny world, then use the learning to expand our view of larger ecosystems.

Soil

What could be more important to a farm than healthy soil? In this class, students will begin by learning about how rocks and minerals break down to form different types of soil and what makes soil “healthy”. Then, students will do a comparative study of 3 different soil types – garden, pasture, dry land field – and through some guided scientific inquiry, determine what type of soil they have and how it impacts the plants and animals that live there.

Producer, Consumer, Decomposer
Earth is the ultimate recycling machine! Whether in a woodland setting or on the farm, this closed-system flow of energy for recycling materials from producer to consumer to decomposer can be easily discovered. An interactive, educational game sets the stage, after which students will explore the fields and surrounding areas to determine what plants and animals are the key players in this ongoing cycle of nutrients and energy.

Other lesson topics are available, and we can adapt our offerings to provide the best learning experience for your students. Please contact us to inquire about a field trip or classroom visit for your group!

Family Outdoor Club

Third Saturday of each month 10:00-11:30am

Outdoor activities geared toward kids ages 2-8 with their grownups. Outdoor exploration, art activities, take-home projects, and more. Dress for the weather and be prepared to get a little messy! $5 per family per Saturday.

Outdoor Kids Camp for ages 3-6

Three sessions: July 11-13, 18-20, and 25-27, 9-11:30am

This camp is for children ages 3-6 who love to explore and learn! Daily themes are Animals, Plants, and Farm & Food. Activities include free choice time, lessons, stories, outdoor exploration, healthy snacks, and creative take-home activities. Download info & registration: 2017 OK Camp Registration.pdf

NOTE: OK Kids Camp sessions are FULL. Please email lorna@prairieloft.org to add your name to the waiting list. We’ll add dates if there is a need!


Junior Farmhands Camp for ages 7-10

Two sessions: June 6-8 (FULL) or August 1-3, 9am-2pm

Dig in to experience the cycles and systems of life on a farm. We’ll explore soil, water, plants, insects, and the process of growing food. Get creative through art, craft and journaling projects, and storytelling.

Download info & registration: 2017 Jr Farmhands Registration.pdf


NEW! Grandparents Camp

Friday July 7 OR Saturday July 8, 9am-2pm

We are offering two sessions of a new day camp for grandparents/grandfriends with their grandkids ages 4-10, to create, explore and learn together!

Download info & registration: 2017 Grandparents Camp Registration.pdf

Harvestfest (always the first Sunday in October)

Sunday, October 1, 2017  1-6pm

Honoring our area’s heritage and future. Farmers market, hayrack rides, farm animals, agriculture demonstrations, food & fun. Free admission!