April 26 update: The visitor center building continues to be open with temporary hours, now open daily 12 noon-4:00 p.m. Visitors are asked to wear a mask while inside. Walking trails are open sunrise to sunset year-round. There may still be remnants of trail construction, especially around the visitor center, so please watch your step.
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
Hours: The visitor center has reopened with temporary hours, Monday-Saturday 12:00 noon-4:00 p.m. During regular hours, the visitor center is open M-F 8:30 am - 4:30 pm, and weekends 8:30 am - 12:30 pm. The Center is closed during these holidays: New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Presidents' Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Veterans' Day, Thanksgiving Day and day after, and Dec. 25-Jan 1, 2022. Trails are open sunrise to sunset year-round, even when the visitor center is closed. Come experience the satisfaction of walking on beautiful trails and enjoy the peaceful prairie surroundings.
Annual $100 supporters receive:
- 10% discount on gift shop purchases
Supporting Spring Creek Prairie Audubon Center is fast and convenient. Go to the top of this page and click the Donate button. Checks can be mailed to our post office box address above. 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.
Are drones allowed to be flown? Drones are only allowed on our property for research activities, and flights must be approved and scheduled by staff.
Answers to other commonly asked questions can be found on this page.
Enjoy this great video from Naturally Nebraska.