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@ Glacier Creek Preserve


The Barn @ Glacier Creek

The Barn @ Glacier Creek is a century-old barn (see outset on right) upgraded to accomodate today's high-tech research and educational needs, including wireless access as well as a hard line telephone connection. The Barn is fully ADA compliant including the availability of an elevator to all floors. The Loft is the upper floor of the facility (the old hayloft) and is reserved primarily for meetings and conferences. The Loft is supplied with ten, 6-ft. tables as well as enough chairs to accomodate groups fo up to 50 or so individuals. A media cart supports power-point and overhead projection of documents (e.g. high tech elmo system) including projection screen. The first floor of The Barn consists of public space that doubles as a classroom for smaller groups. This floor also has a small kitchenette with refrigerator, microwave and sink. Restrooms are available off of this floor with additional access directly from outside. Water fountains are also located on the 1st floor. A half-floor down and to the north of the first floor is the Field Lab. The Field Lab provides counter space and sinks for use by clases working with collections and samples from in the field. The Field Lab is equipped with dissectiong microscopes, some with camera attachments, a convection oven-dryer, a non-food refrigerator, for field collections, and the preserve's herbarium, which includes plant specimens from both of UNO's preserves. The Field Lab opens to the north patio to accomodate direct access outside the Barn for classes bringing samples into the lab for observation or manipulation.


While we neither provide nor arrange for food or drink, both food and drink in the Barn are allowed. The refrigerator in the kitchenette may be used to store food and drinks for meetings. Because we are limited in staff to one resident preserve manager, we ask those using the facility to plan to clean up the space and food items after the meeting/class. See our short clean-up checklist for more details. A Preserve Manager lives on site and, along with the Preserves Director, is available to help coordinate access to the Barn and lockup after the meeting/class. All questions related to use of the Barn for any reason are to be directed to (402-334-5468).


The Barn at Glacier Creek Preserve

Facility Use Cleanup Checklist

  • Place all food and trash in trash/recycling receptacles (variously located throughout the Barn)
  • Wipe off tables and counters used. All-purpose cleaner and clean rags can be found under the sink in the kitchenette (1st floor). Sinks are located in the kitchenette, bathrooms and the field lab. Place dirty rags in the plastic bin under the kitchenette sink.
  • Generally sweep floors and clean up spills. Brooms and dustpan are located in maintenance room stairwell (take steps down on the west side of the field lab). Rags and paper towels may be used to clean up any spills.
  • Leave tables and chairs in an organized manner.


The Barn and silo (behind barn in far left) in their original location in 2010.

Barn and Silo Journey Through Time & Space

"Life's journey began for these icons of our rural heritage in the early days of Nebraska's statehood when Danish immigrant Hans Johnson Sr. purchased farmland near what is now 180th and Ida Streets.

The barn was built around 1900 and the farm was passed down through generations of the Johnson family. According to descendant Barbi Hayes of Omaha, her mother grew up on the farm and delivered milk to Omaha grocery stores in the 1930's and 40's. Hayes grandmother, Bess Grau Johnson ran the large dairy while grandfather Roy Johnson ran the farm.

Though many years have passed since the lowing of cattle and bustle and clang of dairy drifted up through the rafters, the old "bones" are sound and the barn is on a new mission to preserve both our natural and agricultural heritage."

Date: 2012
Source: College of Arts and Sciences Newsletter
Compiled by Editor Joan Bell

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The barn and silo literally "hit the road" on January 13, 2011 and made their way from their original location on the Johnson family farm near Elkhorn to Glacier Creek Preserve in Bennington. The barn now serves as our education and research facility.


In the News

>>Jan. 10, 2013: Glacier Creek Preserve and The Barn were featured in an Omaha World Herald Special Sections article.

>>Jan. 14, 2011: The Barn makes it's way to Glacier Creek Preserve. Coverage of the barn move on the front page of the Omaha World Herald.

>>Jan. 6, 2011: UNO press release - "Century-Old Barn, Silo to be moved to Allwine Prairie Preserve"