Nebraska April 20, 2018
This Easy Wildflower Hike In Nebraska Will Transport You Into A Sea Of Color
It seems like winter has finally (possibly? hopefully?) had its last say, and we’re well on our way to spring. Those long months of cold and gloom will soon give way to a sea of colors in the shape of millions of wildflowers, and this is one of the best places to see them.
Spring Creek Prairie Audubon Center sits just south of Denton in Lancaster County.
This peaceful oasis covers 850 acres in beautiful tallgrass prairie. Three miles of walking trails make it easy to enjoy this beautiful setting.
Around 600 acres of the land has never been plowed. The way you see it today is largely how it was hundreds of years ago.
You can enjoy the rolling hills, tall, elegant grasses, and wide-open skies all year long...
But this place truly shines in the spring when the wildflowers burst into bloom.
Prairie wildflowers bloom amid the grasses starting in spring and stretching well into fall.
Every June, the prairie preserve hosts a wildflower walk that coincides with Nebraska Wildflower Week (which is a bit later than National Wildflower Week).
In 2018, that walk is happening on June 10th from 2:00 to 4:00 pm.
The Wildflower Walk will be led by Mary Sawicki, the former land manager at Pioneers Park Nature Center.
This is an easy stroll, not a strenuous hike, and you'll learn all about native plants along the way. Every participant will receive their own packet of wildflower seeds at the end of the walk.
You may even get to see some cute little prairie residents along the way.
This native tallgrass prairie is home to more than 370 plant species, 43 species of butterfly, and an impressive 222 species of birds. To visit and learn about this place is to get in touch with Nebraska's natural history.
There are always surprises to be discovered along the way on the trails at Spring Creek Prairie Audubon Center. The annual Wildflower Walk shines a spotlight on some of the often-overlooked beauties of the prairie.
You’ll find Spring Creek Prairie Audubon Center three miles south of Denton on SW 98th Street. The 2018 Wildflower Walk costs $5 per person; you can learn more and get registration info
If you’re in the western part of the state and looking for a similar walk, check out our
wildflower walk recommendation from last year.