Come Visit Us

Road Construction: SW 84th Street is under construction between Emerald and Denton. Please use West Denton Road to reach Spring Creek Prairie.

Spring Creek Prairie Audubon Center is an 850-acre tallgrass prairie nature preserve located 20 minutes southwest of Lincoln, Nebraska. (Download driving directions to the Center below.) Visitors can enjoy miles of walking trails (download trail map below), nearly 650 acres of native (never plowed) tallgrass prairie, ponds and wetlands, wildflowers and grasses, a diverse assortment of birds and other wildlife, historic nineteenth-century wagon ruts, peaceful surroundings, and beautiful scenic vistas. Volunteer opportunities are available and education programs for all ages are offered year-round.

It is one of a growing number of Audubon Centers of the National Audubon Society.


11700 SW 100th Street

PO Box 117

Denton, NE  68339


Spring Creek Prairie is open seven days a week throughout the year except on major holidays (New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and day after, and Christmas).

The visitor center is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Trails are open sunrise to sunset. Come experience the satisfaction of walking on beautiful trails and enjoy the peaceful prairie surroundings.


$4/adults; $3/seniors, students, and children (6-17); children 5 and under free. Free admission every Tuesday.

Annual $50 supporters receive:

  • Unlimited free admission to visitor center during open hours;
  • Access to all walking trails sunrise to sunset;
  • 10% discount on gift shop purchases;
  • Reciprocal admission to Iain Nicolson Audubon Center at Rowe Sanctuary near Kearney, Neb.

Supporters also receive membership to National Audubon Society and a subscription to Audubon magazine.

Joining Spring Creek Prairie Audubon Center is fast, convenient, and overflowing with benefits. Print our supporter form attached below to complete and mail, or call (402) 797-2301 and we’ll gladly mail a copy to you. Make your check out to Spring Creek Prairie Audubon Center.

Are group tours available? Yes. A one-hour guided walk/tour is $7/person for groups of 6 to 20 people; $8/person over 20 people; $40 minimum for groups of 5 people or less. E-mail or call us for information on tour availability.

Can dogs/pets be brought to Spring Creek Prairie? Although we all love dogs here, we cannot allow them or other pets on the trails. (The exception being service animals.) The nesting success and safety of the grassland birds here are our priority, and they need to be kept safe from other animals. We appreciate your understanding, and we can provide maps of nearby outdoor places where pets are allowed.

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