Our mission is to teach agriculture appreciation, outdoor education, cultural connections, and the wise use of natural resources.

We are gathering, teaching, learning, and having FUN. We are cultivating a deeper understanding of where we live. We are getting muddy and learning new stuff. We offer unique and exceptional education programs that connect people, food, and the land. People of all ages experience our farm-based field trips, community events, workshops, summer camps, private gatherings and other activities. PLEASE JOIN US!

“You can play in the mud!! You can go on walks. I love Prairie Loft!!! It is the best place ever.” - Prairie Loft Kid, age 6

Our Place

Located just west of Hastings, Nebraska, the beautiful barns were once part of a working farm that fed more than 1,000 people for 80 years at the former state mental hospital. Original farm buildings and grounds are getting new life through our renovation efforts, creating new and expanded space for the community to gather and learn.

Our Programs

We offer hands-on, active, place-based learning activities for people of all ages. Through field trips, family programs, summer camps, workshops, community events, social media, and other activities, we are enhancing agricultural and natural literacy. Read more about what we do, and Contact us to inquire about field trips, events, facility rental, collaboration ideas... we'd love to hear from you!

Our People

You make our mission possible! Hundreds of volunteers help each year with events, programs, gardens, grounds, and other projects. Your donations are also vital to our growth and success. There are many ways to get involved! Learn about our Board of Directors and Staff and our volunteer opportunities.

By attending activities at Prairie Loft, you agree to be photographed and/or filmed and give permission to use your likeness in promotional and/or marketing materials. Thanks for joining us!