Great Nebraska

Naturalists and Scientists

The state of Nebraska and the Great Plains region has a strong and diverse environmental heritage that has been studied by equally diverse individuals. Some of those individuals were connected to the University of Nebraska and others were those who also shared deep interests and skills in exploration and research. Their activities, research, and inadvertent adventures, documented in field notes, letters, and photographs, highlight aspects of the region that may no longer exist today or that have significantly altered since the turn of the century and early twentieth century.

This site provides an introduction to some of these individuals and to regions of Nebraska as they were seen in the late 19th and early 20th century. Regardless of their position, the state of Nebraska, with creeks, prairies, rivers, salt flats, and the unique region of the Sandhills, allowed anyone to discovery, to learn, and to share their stories. Some of the stories are written, some are only found in a letter, some may be shown only in a photograph, some are yet to be discovered.

Through this site, and the records, documents, photographs, and biographies presented, are opportunities to learn more about some of the stories of Nebraska and our environmental heritage.