About PBT

AS CONSERVATION STORYTELLERS, our goal IS TO

Inspire care for our land and water and connect our neighbors up and downstream — all through the power of story. 

Follow THE WATER

A 900 hundred-mile journey through the heart of North America.

Water connects everything, from people to wildlife to landscapes. It is constantly moving and shaping the land around us.

What if we could use the power of photography and story to see our water in motion? What if we could leverage those images to build community and grow understanding of our watersheds? And what if this could start a bigger conversation about watersheds around the world?

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Back TO THE SOURCE

Through increased urbanization, we’re becoming disconnected from our land and water.

If we want to move through the next century with a healthy landscape, it’s time to re-engage with nature.

PBT began in 2011 with an ambitious goal: to timelapse an entire watershed and use that imagery to spark a deeper appreciation of the stunning places that surround us. Through these photos and stories, we hope to give you more avenues to explore our natural world.

Timelapse Cameras

Images and Counting...

Stories

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Who WE ARE

We are storytellers from many fields and walks of life, all inspired by our muse: water.

Our APPROACH

Appreciation

We tell stories because our connection to the land is not simply transactional — it’s relational.

Community

Conservation stories are people stories. We believe in building community around our shared resources.

Education

Through university classes and other educational efforts, we teach people about our natural world and train the next generation of storytellers.

Art AND SCIENCE

We partner with many types of organizations and individuals to tell the stories of their work and create new ways to engage the public in scientific research. If you care about conservation, we’d love to discuss working together.

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Funders & PARTNERS

Our work is made possible through the generous support and partnerships of a diversirty of organizations and individuals. We are proudly located within the School of Natural Resources at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. 

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Lower Platte South NRD

Audubon Rowe Sanctuary

AbarA, Big Creek, State Line Ranches

Calamus Outfitters

Center for Grassland Studies

Center for Great Plains Studies

Central Nebraska Public Power and Irrigation District

City of Lincoln

Cooper Foundation

Daugherty Water For Food Global Institute

Dave Showalter Conservation Photography

Denver Water

EPA

Ethel S. Abbott Charitable Foundation

Fire Forest

Gering-Ft. Laramie Irrigation District

Gitzo

Gudmundsen Sandhills Laboratory – UNL

Headwaters Center

Hirschfeld Family Foundation

Humanities Nebraska

Kimmel Family Foundation

Lincoln Parks and Recreation

Lower Platte River Corridor Alliance

Lower Platte South Natural Resource District

Lower Platte South NRD

Michael Farrell Fine Art

Michael Forsberg Photography

Nebraska Cooperative Fish & Wildlife Research Unit

Nebraska Department of Natural Resources

Nebraska Game and Parks Commission

Nebraska Indian Community College

Vital Impacts

Nikon

Platte River Basin Environments

Platte River Implementation Program

Platte Valley Companies

Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge

Santee Sioux Office of Environmental Protection

Sony

Solidago Conservancy

Steve Miura

Summit Workshops

The Crane Trust, Inc

The Nature Conservancy – Colorado

The Nature Conservancy – Nebraska

The Nebraska Environmental Trust

Turner Enterprise, Inc

University of Nebraska Kearney

University of Nebraska Omaha

University of Nebraska State Museum

University of Wyoming

US Bureau of Reclamation

US Department of the Interior

US Fish and Wildlife Service

US Forest Service

USGS Water Center – Nebraska

USGS Wyoming

Wachiska Audubon Society

Witnessing Watersheds

Wildcat Hills Nature Center

Wyoming State Engineer’s Office

NE Public Power District

What WE’RE UP TO

University Classes

Presentations

Workshops

Film Showings

Guided Hikes

Explore THE PLATTE RIVER BASIN

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Timelapse

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Stories & Films

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Places To Go

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