Help support the prairie.

November 13, 2014

We hope you’ll consider giving a tax-deductible donation to the Brandenburg Prairie Foundation. Any amount you can give will help us continue our goal of preserving, expanding and educating people about Minnesota’s native prairies. We are so proud of our Touch the Sky Prairie, a unit of the Northern Tallgrass Prairie National Wildlife Refuge in southwest Minnesota. Touch the Sky is now over 1000 acres and we continue to work with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and The Nature Conservancy of Minnesota towards expansion.

Thank you for your consideration, and please plan a visit to Touch the Sky!



Help support the prairie.

November 14, 2013


J&J at TTS

Jim and Judy Brandenburg at Touch the Sky Prairie


“Born on a small prairie farm to children and grandchildren of turn of the century emigrants, I first experienced a world without trees. My earliest memories are of a landscape with an incessant wind and a bright open-sky sun. At a quiet and more than shy fourteen I made a first attempt at a new language. The resultant image of a shy fox from my second hand three-dollar camera spoke back to me with a loud, profound and life-changing voice.”

“Nearly fifty years later that voice is still whispering in my ear. The dialect is the same, even though I have tried many versions along the way. I traveled and photographed grand landscapes of the world. Many were covered with alluring luxurious forests and jungles. I even fulfilled a boyhood fantasy to live in a romantic wilderness log cabin beneath towering pines. But the visual language dialect that still seems to translate with the deepest meaning in my work is that of the open sky prairie-like landscape.”


Give to the Max Day is finally here! Each year generous supporters like you join us for the exciting 24 hour annual Give to the Max Day. On this day in 2012, over 53,000 people made donations, raising over $16.3 million (in one day) for Minnesota non-profits and schools.

Your generous support makes a meaningful difference to the preservation of tallgrass prairie in southwestern Minnesota.

Today, Minnesota’s Give to the Max Day, your gift may help us win an extra $1,000 for Touch the Sky Prairie National Wildlife Refuge.

Every gift made today helps our chances of winning a $1,000 Golden Ticket! By partnering with GiveMN, an online giving website for Minnesota nonprofits, the Brandenburg Prairie Foundation will have 25 chances to maximize your gift on Give to the Max Day!

Here’s the really exciting part: At the end of the day today, one donation from across Minnesota will be randomly selected for a $10,000 Super-sized Golden Ticket!

The more gifts we receive online today, the more our chances increase to receive that magical Golden Ticket! Just imagine if we could double the size of Touch the Sky Prairie! Please don’t miss this opportunity to be part of Minnesota’s greatest day of giving!


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The Great Minnesota Give Together

November 18, 2011

Is there any other state that could raise nearly $13.5 million
for non-profits in one day?

Thank you, Minnesota.

We are especially touched by those who donated to
the Brandenburg Prairie Foundation.

Welcome to the new blog!

November 11, 2011

Welcome to the new blog! Please update your bookmarks. You can still visit the old blog, here.

The Brandenburg Prairie Foundation was established in 1999 by former National Geographic photographer and filmmaker Jim Brandenburg, his wife Judy, and many dedicated supporters in Luverne, Minnesota. The foundation’s mission is to promote, preserve and expand the native prairie in southwest Minnesota. Through numerous projects, the Brandenburg Prairie Foundation educates and heightens awareness of the prairie’s irreplaceable beauty and significance. Jim’s spirit resides in the prairie – it is his childhood home and is where his career began to bloom. By establishing the Foundation, Jim has turned his passion for the prairie into a lifetime commitment.

The prairie was once the continent’s largest ecosystem; today, it has become rare and one of the most fragmented, leaving less than one percent of the original Northern Tallgrass Prairie in the upper Midwest intact. It is arguably North America’s most endangered ecosystem. Through fragmentations, ecosystems that had once relied on its geographical size for its diversity become disintegrated, causing an imbalance in the intricacies of the native environment. Aside from loss of habitat and equilibrium between predators and preys, fragmentation is responsible for inbreeding among species. In turn, inbreeding will result in weakened species that can no longer survive in an already challenged ecosystem. Although such corruption of habitat occurs very quickly, it will take generations of carefully managed restoration to reverse the damage.

The Brandenburg Prairie Foundation, along with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, have purchased over 800 acres of untilled prairie land in Rock County, Minnesota creating the “Touch the Sky Northern Tallgrass Prairie National Wildlife Refuge.” Together, they have developed a 15-year management plan for its restoration. With time and continued effort, hundreds of native species will return – the tall grasses, the songbirds, flora and native wildlife. Their dream is to see the bison roaming “Touch the Sky Prairie” again.

If you would like to participate in permanent protection and restoration of the native prairie in southwest Minnesota, please become a member of the Brandenburg Prairie Foundation. To make a donation please contact the Brandenburg Gallery, Luverne, MN, toll-free 888-283-4061 or donate online at