The Niobrara Valley TREX began in 2008 with the goal to provide learning opportunities and hands-on experience to participants through a series of prescribed burns along the Niobrara River in the Nebraska Sandhills. The event is hosted at The Nature Conservancy’s Niobrara Valley Preserve and hosts a diverse group of fire practitioners like private landowners, volunteer fire departments, university students, natural resource managers, scientists, and wildland firefighters. During the two week training, participants assist with preparing, scouting, briefing, igniting, holding, mop-up, and patrol on numerous prescribed fires in the area. Field trips to areas burned in recent fires and presentations from local ranchers and scientists on fire ecology are scattered throughout the training. Besides training, the exchange works to promote grassland health, remove invasive Eastern Redcedar, and protect areas from severe wildfire.