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PRAIRIE LOFT CENTER

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Youth Development - Agricultural

Mission: To teach agricultural appreciation, outdoor education, cultural connections, and the wise use of natural resources.

Direct beneficiaries per year: In 2018, we will directly impact at least 2,450 students and 860 adults through customized field trips and educator training workshops on at least 120 service days. An additional minimum 1,600 youth and 1,200 adults will experience Prairie Loft programs though community events and other activities. This reflects a 5-year increase of 100% in both participant numbers and service days.

Geographic areas served: We are rooted in South Central Nebraska and serve Adams County and surrounding communities.

Programs: Our farm-based outdoor education program cultivates a deeper understanding of where we live, enhancing our community by offering exceptional programs for all ages that connect people, food, and the land. We provide hands-on, place-based learning activities unique to our region. Activities include field trips, family programs, summer camps, learning workshops, community events, service learning, and more!

Community Stories

8 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

Prairie Loft provides amazing opportunities to learn about agriculture and the outdoors, and most importantly, connects our community through public events, educational programs, and workshops. We are so fortunate to have this gem in our community backyard!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Prairie Loft connects with our local community in truly impactful ways! From educational events to concerts and festivals, Prairie Loft makes our community better!

1 Kelli B.1

Advisor

Rating: 5

I was given the opportunity to work at Prairie Loft at the beginning of the summer, and it’s been such a rewarding experience. I’ve been able to work at camps educating children about agriculture and wildlife, while also giving them room to explore the outdoors themselves. The staff here is comprised of hardworking individuals who make me forget I’m even working. I’m so glad I was given the opportunity to work at such a great place with such amazing people.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

An incredible organization that not only teaches about land, water, plants and animals.....it shows young and old alike how to BE outdoors away from technology. Such a joy-filled place.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've attended many events at Prairie Loft with my most recent being Grandparent's Camp! Amy and the staff were great in making our adventure fun while learning about the outdoors, soy beans, birds, bugs, plants and so many other things! It is very family friendly and Adams County and Hastings are blessed to have a venue that teaches farm to table to all ages! Way to go Prairie Loft!!

2 Angela178

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My family has been attending every possible event here since my oldest was born. This summer she had the most amazing birthday party out there. We are so blessed to have this educational, unique place and all of the events that are carefully planned year round!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

With a staff of only 1.5 FTE, Prairie Loft reaches thousands of children and adults every year through programming about agriculture and outdoor experiences. By keeping participation costs at a minimal level, or even zero, they can offer such programming to everyone in the community. Please check their website, www.prairieloft.org, for more information about how to participate.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Prairie Loft Center has become a vital part of the city of Hastings and surrounding areas. Their emphasis on outdoor and agricultural education is teaching young people a greater appreciation of the outdoors and the ways our food is grown. Field trips, special classes, all-community free activities, a music festival, and a community garden all enhance the experience of living in an agricultural area, even for those who don't live on the surrounding farms.