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SJSB INTERPRETIVE VISITOR CENTER REPORT FOR 2016

2016 was an eventful year for the Visitor Center or the Barn as we like to call it.  Prior to our opening Memorial Day weekend a few things were done in preparation for the season:   Don Cantrell and his crew performed a prescribed burn on the native grass areas to rejuvenate the mixed prairie […]

CUSTER COUNTY’s ‘CANTEEN SPIRIT’ is ‘4 A CURE’

Broken Bow – Here in central Nebraska, when one hears ‘canteen spirit’ one reflects on the herculean efforts of so many volunteers that greeted and fed our troops when their train would stop at the North Platte Depot during WWII.   ‘Canteen spirit’ is synonymous with volunteerism.   Custer County and the surrounding area has that […]

Sandhills Journey Scenic Byway Membership Flyer

All memberships – individual and/or business – are welcome and appreciated!!  These memberships help promote the byway and provide funds for grant matches.  Please complete and return the attached membership form  membership-application-march-2016 with your $25 membership payment to the SJSB Treasurer:  Helen White, P.O. Box 224, Thedford, NE  69166!

Follow the Rails Art Tour Completes Sixth Year

The late Charles Kuralt called Nebraska’s Highway 2 “one of America’s 10 most beautiful highways” exclaiming, “This road will take you to one of the last unexplored frontiers where vast treasures can be discovered.” For the last six years, volunteers along 272 miles of Nebraska Highway 2, what is known as the Sandhills Journey Scenic […]

Spring Crane Migration

Each spring something magical happens in the Platte River Valley: More than 80% (500,000+) of the world’s population of Sandhill Cranes converge on this critical sliver of threatened habitat. Millions of migrating ducks and geese arrive with them. National Geographic named this annual migration event as one of North America’s two greatest natural wildlife phenomena, […]

How to pack for the Sandhills in the fall

Getting to the great outdoors, no matter the season, can be a great vacation. But sometimes your packing list can easily get out of control, especially in places like Western Nebraska where the weather can be fickle. You want to always be prepared, but you don’t want to be bogged down.  Anytime you’re planning an […]

Tanking

For some reason tanking seems to be a uniquely Nebraskan activity.  I’ve been informed that there is some tanking activity in other Midwestern states but I’m going to choose to ignore it and focus on the great tanking that’s available on the Middle Loup River. For those of you who don’t know about tanking, it’s […]

Biking the Scenic Byway

Do you want to do something outrageous? Do you want to see the beauty of the sandhills up close with the sun on your face and the wind in your hair?  Then take on the challenge of biking the Sandhills Journey Scenic Byway.  At 297 miles it’s a big enough challenge for even the most […]

Carhenge

Carhenge is completely absurd.  Then again art is rarely responsible or logical, great art even less so.  I’m not going to tell you that Carhenge is great art.  Carhenge is better than great art, Carhenge is fun. You probably won’t stand in awe of it, you probably will giggle, or shake your head and laugh.  […]

Nebraska National Forest

Nebraskans have an interesting relationship with nature.  On one hand we have a deep respect for the natural world and the need for balance.  This manifests itself in our conservation efforts and abundance of state parks.  On the other hand we are not shy about changing our environment to suit our needs and preferences.  This […]