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Research

We encourage use of both Glacier Creek Preserve and T.L. Davis Prairie for research projects to the extent that such use does not adversely affect the long-term quality of the preserve's native habitats.  To submit a research request or find out more about research at the preserve, go to the Research Tab on our home page.

Teaching

We encourage the use of both Glacier Creek Preserve and T.L. Davis Prairie for teaching and other educational activities and visitations to the extent that such use does not adversely affect the long-term quality of the preserve's native habitats.  Please note the Preserve Use Policies listed at the end of this page that govern use of the preserve.

 

Post-Secondary Students & Faculty

Our preserves provide a diversity of educational opportunities and resources for post-secondary faculty and students. We encourage educational departments across UNO, Creighton University, and other regional campuses to take advantage of the resources provided for teaching and teaching-related activities. One advantage of the preserve is that we do not require payment of an access fee.  Several Service Learning and volunteer opportunities also are available for students throughout the year. Contact the Preserves Director to make arrangements to bring your class or hold a special event at one of our preserves.

>>Volunteer

Pre-K-12 Education

Our preserves provide ideal locations to teach students about the natural history of Nebraska’s historic prairie and woodland landscapes.  Grade school, middle school and high school educators are encouraged to take advantage of Glacier Creek Preserve or T.L. Davis Prairie for outdoor classrooms.  One advantage of the preserve is that we do not require payment of an access fee.  In addition to tallgrass prairie (Glacier Creek Preserve), our preserves provide habitats including riparian wooded corridors (Glacier Creek Preserve) and upland woodlands, savanna and loess hill prairies (T.L. Davis Prairie).  Generally, late summer and fall (August - November) are the best seasons for schools to schedule visits to the preserves. To schedule a visit, contact the Preserves Director who will be happy to answer questions or help coordinate your visit.

 

General Public

UNO's preserves, which do not require a use-fee, are places to learn about or experience eastern Nebraska's historic natural prairie and associated environments.  Except for special events, the preserves are open to visitation by the public from 30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes after sunset. We request that large groups (generally 6 or more people) contact the Preserves Director prior to visiting the preserves in order either to coordinate with others, including researchers, who may be using the preserve at the same time, or to avoid conflicting visits.  Pets are prohibited at both preserves as are any kinds of weapons.  Please park in designated areas and follow the Preserve Use Policies listed below on this page.

>>Driving Directions to Glacier Creek Preserve

>>Driving Directions to T.L. Davis Preserve

Tours

Depending on limited staff time available, tours for groups, organizations, clubs and the general public may be arranged at Glacier Creek Preserve and T.L. Davis Prairie Preserve.  Typically, walking tours at Glacier Creek Preserve last 1-2 hours during which you would get the opportunity to explore the prairie and discuss the history of the preserve, restoration efforts and on-going experiments taking place at the preserve. Contact the Preserves Director for more information on availability of this opportunity.

 

Preserve Policies & Regulations:

  • Except for service vehicles, motorized vehicles are prohibited beyond the parking area (Glacier Creek) or parking lot (T.L. Davis Prairie).  Exceptions may be made by the Preserves Director.
  • Firearms and other weapons are not allowed on our preserves.
  • Alcoholic beverages are not allowed on our preserves.
  • To protect wildlife, pets, leashed or unleashed, are prohibited on our preserves.
  • We only maintain management access roads within the preserve but you are free to venture off-track.  When doing so, please avoid the long-term research plots as well as any areas throughout the preserve that are marked with colored flags or flagging.  Do not disturb or remove any flags, stakes, equipment or markers since they are used to mark ongoing research.
  • Please help us keep the preserve clean for all users by not littering.  Take away everything you bring with you to the preserve.
  • Do not disturb or remove any plants, animals, or other material.  Permission to collect specimens for classroom or research activities, however, may be approved by the Preserves Director.
  • Camping and open fires are prohibited.
  • Be respectful of other visitors.  Our preserves are places where natural sights and sounds should prevail.
  • At T.L. Davis Prairie, where parking spaces are limited, please do not block neighboring driveways.