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2012.01.06 > For Immediate Release
contact: Charley Reed - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2129 - email: cdreed@unomaha.edu

Century-Old Barn, Silo to be Moved to Allwine Prairie Preserve

Omaha - Big changes are happening at Nebraska’s Allwine Prairie Preserve – two big changes to be exact.

On Thursday, Jan. 12 a barn and silo will be moved from their current locations at 180th and Ida streets to Allwine Prairie Preserve, located at 148th and State streets. The move will take place between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Both structures are over 100 years old and were donated by Barbi Hayes, whose family has owned farms in the area since the 1800s. Along with the donation of the barn and silo, Hayes donated $605,000 to restore the structures into state-of-the-art environmental education and research facilities; an anonymous donor gave an additional $50,000.

The renovation of the two buildings is part of the Glacier Creek Project, an ongoing effort by the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) to improve the use and sustainability of its diverse Omaha-area prairie preserve for the education and enjoyment of future generations and area residents.

The barn will be renovated to include a state-of-the-art field lab, classroom, kitchen and library. The barn will be connected via a walkway to the silo, which will be redesigned as a lookout tower.

Allwine Prairie Preserve currently serves more than 1300 students as an educational and research space as well as providing hundreds of visitors a place to enjoy Nebraska’s rural heritage.

Donations are being sought to complete the education facility as well as to acquire additional surrounding land to encompass the entire Glacier Creek watershed. For questions or more information, please contact Tom Bragg, Department of Biology, at (402) 554.3378.

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