The mission of Spring Creek Prairie Audubon Center is to conserve and restore the tallgrass prairie ecosystem including birds, other wildlife, and their habitats for the benefit of humanity and the earth's biological diversity.
Audubon established Spring Creek Prairie Audubon Center in 1998 on the site of the former O’Brien ranch approximately 20 minutes southwest of Lincoln, Nebraska. (Read about the history of the ranch in the attachement below.)
This 850-acre tallgrass prairie sanctuary offers over three miles of walking trails, native prairie grasslands, wetlands and ponds, wildflowers and grasses, and beautiful scenic vistas. In its midst more than 220 species of birds, 370 species of plants, and other wildlife dwell side-by-side with historic 19th-century wagon ruts from a cutoff to the Oregon Trail.
Family nature programs, school field trips, special events, and burgeoning attendance resulted in the construction of our visitor center, which opened in 2006. Through educating the public about the value of tallgrass prairie while introducing thousands to its beauty and diversity, we are helping preserve this singular — and very threatened — portion of the plains.
The visitor center blends into the natural setting of Spring Creek Prairie. From its green design to the way its aesthetically understated appearance mirrors nature, the facility brings equal attention to both form and function — and proves that understanding is indeed the first step toward caring responsibly for our native land and all its resources.