The Greatest Grassland
Prairie is the French word for meadow.
According to Theodore Roosevelt*, "We have taken into our language the word prairie, because when our backwoodsmen first reached the land [in the Midwest] and saw the great natural meadows of long grass — sights unknown to the gloomy forests wherein they had always dwelt — they knew not what to call them, and borrowed the term already in use among the French inhabitants."
Pitch any preconcieved notions you might have about the prairie.
We love our French meadows here in Nebraska. They are where we play, meditate, and marvel at some of the most spectacular sunrises and sunsets in the world.
So pitch any preconcieved notions you might have about the prairies and come experience the waves of amber grass in central Nebraska. Come and explore the flora and fauna of the Platte River Valley and the Sandhills. Experience for yourself the incredible skies bursting with color at sunrise and clear as crystal while stargazing at night.
* Roosevelt, Theodore (1889). The Winning of the West: Volume I. New York and London: G. P. Putnam's Sons. p. 34