Platte Basin Education


The Platte River is a major watershed in the heart of the Great Plains. The Platte waters crops and cattle, hosts resident and migrant wildlife, supplies thirsty cities, fuels power generators, and delights fishermen and boaters.


Explore our educational multimedia series of the Nebraska Sandhills, Platte River Prairies and Terns & Plovers featuring STEM-based curricula tied to standards along with engaging photographs, videos, infographics and interactive games.

  • A Photo Gallery of the Platte River Prairies

    Through time-lapse photography, and still photos, the Platte Basin Timelapse team reveals the secret, hidden life of the diverse animals and plants that inhabit the wetlands, grasslands, and woodlands of the secluded Platte River Prairies in central Nebraska.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Photographs of Terns & Plovers

    See the differences between terns and plovers in this selection of photographs by Michael Forsberg.

    Grades: 5-8
  • Photographs of the Nebraska Sandhills

    Learn about the beauty of the Nebraska Sandhills by viewing this image gallery.

    “I like the way the sun comes up some mornings—it’s really pretty—and I like the way the sun sets and I like the quiet evenings. . .We see the wildlife and we see the bright stars at night and we see the Milky Way. . .It’s special.” —Bruce Switzer

    Grades: 5-8

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