Madigan Prairie


Madigan Prairie was donated to the Foundation in 1978. It consists of 23 acres of 'virgin' tallgrass prairie, never grazed or plowed. The prairie is bounded on the south by a pond and forest, and on the east by forest. Adjacent to the southeast corner of Madigan Prairie is Red Cedar Recreation Area, managed by the Lower Platte South Natural Resources District. Current management practices at Madigan include regular mowing. Within these conditions, the reserve appears to have maintained native flora characteristic of pre-European occupation of the region.

Madigan Prairie


Madigan Prairie is located in Saunders Co, between Valparaiso & Weston. Madigan is 1 m east of the Butler Co. line, 2 mi south of Route 92. Legal description: Eastern 23 acres of S 1/2 of NW quadrant of Sec. 20, T 14 N, R 5 E Map


Madigan Prairie was donated to the University of Nebraska Foundation for the purposes of research and education.

Institutional Affiliation

University of Nebraska-Lincoln, School of Biological Sciences


Seed collection is done periodically by the Prairie Plains Research Institute. Research is highly encouraged. Because annual haying is the routine, projects that are inconsistent with haying should contact the management committee with sufficient lead time to suspend haying.


Individuals or groups wishing to visit Madigan Prairie for educational or research purposes should contact the Natural Areas Committee at the University of Nebraska.


Natural Areas Committee
Department of Biological Sciences
University of Nebraska Lincoln, Nebraska

Aerial Photographs

Madigan Prairie Aerial Photograph

Land Use (GAP) Classification

Madigan Prairie GAP

Climate Data

See historical climate data from the nearest weather station at Weston, Nebraska.