Past Trip and Program Reports

Field Trip to Cuming City Cemetery led by Glenn Pollock, NENPS Board and Audubon Society member, who is involved in developing a land management plan for this property – 11 August 2018


Field day in the vicinity of Columbus and Schuyler.  The day began with an exploration of the Platte and Loup River bottomlands near Columbus led by Mike Gutzmer, an environmental consultant who lives in the area and did a study of the local flora under Dr. Robert Kaul.  The second part of the day was a tour of Fertig Prairie near Schuyler, a 45-acre tract of flood plain tallgrass prairie recently acquired by the Wachiska Audubon Society - June 9, 2018


The 2018 annual meeting of the Nebraska Native Plant Society was held Thursday, April 19, 6:30-8:00 pm at Morrill Hall on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln campus. Presentations were by Bob Kaul, Justin Evertson, Bob Henrickson, Jim Locklear and Jason "The Bird Nerd".


State of Nebraska Native Plants 2017. Presentations by Cheryl Dunn, Grasses of the Great Plains; Mark Hammer, Plant Conservation in Northeast Nebraska; Barbara Hayford, Riparian Plants and Prairie Streams; Robert Kaul, Some New Invasives in Nebraska; Grace Kostel: Northern Great Plains Botanical Database; Glenn Pollock, The Mystery of the Missing snow trillium Trillium nivale; Gerry Steinauer, Vegetation Response to Oak Woodland Management at Indian Cave State Park; David Sutherland and Robert Harms, Compiling a List of Bryophytes for Nebraska; David Wedin, Dalbey Prairie - Morrill Hall, Uiversity of Nebraska-Lincoln - 20 April 2017

Pollen: The Greatest Generation - presented by Mackenzie Taylor at Creighton University - 18 February 2017

Historic Plant Collecting in Nebraska - presented by Bob Kaul and Dave Sutherland at the University of Nebraska State Museum of Natural History - October 15, 2016

Field trip to Lauritzen Gardens in Omaha, led by Jim Locklear, Director of Conservation - Sept. 10, 2016. The field trip focused on the new Conservation Discovery Garden.

Field trip to Wiseman Wildlife Managment Area, Cedar County, led by Mark Hammer - July 23, 2016; Plant List From Trip

Field trip to the private Wearin Prairie near Glenwood Iowa, led by Glenn Pollock and owner Al Pulk, hosted by the Iowa Native Plant Soceity - June 25, 2016

Field trip to Witt's End, Western, NE (Saline Co.) including tour of native plant nursery, seed plots, native prairie, and historic house - Led by owner Kay Kottas - August 15, 2015

Field trip to a property near Valparaiso, led by Dave Sutherland and Robert Kaul - June 27, 2015; Plant List From Trip

Attracting Beneficial Insects: Predators, Parasitoids, and Pollinators - Presented by Jennifer Hopwood, Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation - April 18, 2015

Not Just a Pretty Place: Conservation Initiatives at Lauritzen Gardens - Presented by James Locklear, Director of Conservation at Lauritzen Gardens / Omaha's Botanical Center - February 28, 2015

Invasive Native and Non-native Plants - Presented by Robert Kaul, UNL - Nov. 8, 2014

Rock Glen Wildlife Management Area and Rock Creek Station State Historical Park, led by Gerry Steinauer, Nebraska Game and Parks Commission - Jul. 12, 2014

Indian Cave State Park (Richardson/Nemaha Counties) field trip, led by Krista Lang, Northern Prairies Land Trust  June 21, 2014

Bringing Back the Pollinators - Presented by Jennifer Hopwood, Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation - Feb. 22, 2014

Sedges workshop, led by Bob Henrickson, UNL, and Neal Ratzlaff - Dec. 14, 2013

Steamboat Trace trail field trip, south of Nebraska City, led by Glenn Pollock - Aug. 24, 2013

Dieken Prairie field trip - July 9, 2013

Nematodes Associated with Native Plant Communities - Presented by Tom Powers, UNL - March 9, 2013

Plant Conservation at the Henry Doorly Zoo - Presentation and tour by Margaret From, Henry Doorly Zoo Center for Conservation and Research - Jan. 26, 2013

Dynamics of Nebraska Vegetation - Presented by Jim Stubbendieck, UNL - Oct. 6, 2012

Soils of Nebraska - Presented by Mark Kuzila, UNL - Feb. 11, 2012

Plants of the Lewis and Clark Expedition - Presented by Neal Ratzlaff - Jan. 14, 2012

Development and Application of Molecular Tools for the Study of Prairie Species - Presented by Mark Schoenbeck, UNO - Nov. 12, 2011

The Nature Conservancy Platte River Preserve (Wood River) field trip - Led by Chris Helzer, TNC and Rae Ann Powers, UNL - Aug. 27, 2011

Cuming City Cemetery prairie field trip - July 9, 2011

Preparation Canyon State Park, Iowa (near Pisgah) - Led by Glenn Pollock - April 9, 2011

Identification of grasses - Workshop led by Dave Sutherland, UNO - Mar. 5, 2011

Ratzlaff Prairie - Sept. 18, 2010

T. L. Davis Preserve - Aug. 28, 2010

Spring Creek Prairie- July 25, 2010

Hitchcock Nature Center -June 26,2010

Hike in Fontanelle Forest, led by Neal Ratzlaff, co-author of the "Field guide to wildflowers - April 24, 10AM -

An Introduction to Nebraska's Mosses, Hornworts, and Liverworts - given by David Sutherland, assisted by Rob Harms and Todd Widhelm, - March 27, 2010 - contact Dave Sutherland for a copy of the presentation

Bessey Herbarium at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln - November 14, 2009 - led by Robert Kaul, Director of the Herbarium

Tour of Fontanelle Forest October 14, 2009 - Roland Barth and Neal Ratzlaff

Krohn's Prairie September 12, 2009

Alexandria Lakes August 18, 2009

Pahuk Prairie Prairie July, 2009

Two Rivers Saturday June 11, 2009

Andrews Tract in Fontanelle Forest Saturday May 9, 2009

Return to Waubonsie - Saturday April 18, 2009

Nebraska Invasive Species Project - presented by Annabel Major, Invasive Species Project Coordinator Nebraska Cooperative Fish & Wildlife Research Unit, Mar. 7, 2009

Gardening with Prairie Plants - a presentation by Bob Henrickson, Assistant Director of Horticulture Programs Nebraska Statewide Arboretum. Jan. 17, 2009.

Medicinal Plants, presented by Eric Scholar, Dec. 6, 2008.

Ancient Herbals in the UNL Libraries Archives presented by Richard Voeltz, Nov. 22, 2008

Aug 16, 2008 - Annual Meeting

Griffith Prairie - led by Gerry Steinauer. July 26, 2008

Burchard Lake - led by Mike Remund. June 21, 2008

Ponca State Park - led by Mark Hammer, May 17th, 2008

Erythronium Viewing at Madigan Prairie - led by Robert Kaul, April 19, 2008

Waubonsie State Park WInter Tree Identification Workshop March 15, 2008

Macrofungi of Nebraska: Edible and Poisonous presented by Tom Weber, Feb. 23, 2008

What Happened to Asclepiadaceae? Understanding the Science Behind Changes in Plant Classification presented by Tatyana Livschultz, Jan 26, 2008

Wild Seasons: Gathering and Cooking Wild Plants of the Great Plains presented by Kay Young, Nov. 17, 2007

Lincoln Salt Marshes October 13, 2007

Gutzmer Place September 22, 2007

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