Nebraska Wildlife Week 2011





Wildlife Week 2010:

"Keep Rivers Wild for Wildlife"


Wildlife Week 2009: "Nebraska's Wild Places"


Wildlife Week 2008: "Pollinators!"


 Wildlife Month 2007: "Nebraska's Natural Legacy"


Wildlife Week 2006: "Migration, Wings on the Move"


Wildlife Week 2005: "Native Prairies"


Rowe Sanctuary

Audubon's Rowe Sanctuary


Lillian Annette Rowe Bird Sanctuary is dedicated to the conservation of Sandhill cranes, Whooping cranes, and other migratory birds, and their habitat along the Platte River in south central Nebraska. Owned and managed by the National Audubon Society, the sanctuary has grown from 782 acres in 1974 to nearly 1,900 acres today. Rowe Sanctuary is the perfect place to view the spectacular annual spring migration of a half-million Sandhill cranes, along with ducks, geese, and other migrating birds. 


The Ian Nicolsen Audubon Center at Rowe Sanctuary provides nature-based education opportunities year-round for local schools and the general public. Outdoor, experienced-based education is the heart of what the Audubon Society does at the Center.


During the crane migration season in March, C.S.I. (Crane Scene Investigations) is a two-hour program that teaches students about Sandhill cranes and their annual migration, and Earth Connections will guide students through a hands-on approach to nature with artist and educator Caryl McHarney. Educational videos on cranes are also available year-round on the Rowe Sanctuary web site. More on both programs here.


In the Summer, the Big Bend SOAR Camps (Summer Orientation About Rivers) is a nature day camp where 2nd through 5th grade children can learn about the Platte River and other natural areas in and around Buffalo and Kearney Counties. Flying Higher is a hands-on ecology camp geared for 6th through 8th grade children that takes campers into the realm of scientific surveys and identification with a huge dose of fun. More both programs here.


During other parts of the year, the Nebraska's Waters & Wildlife program can provide a variety of education activities that connect student's outdoor experience with art, language, science, social studies and other subjects. SPLASH (Senses Providing Language Arts Skills Help) is designed to develop writing skills in a natural way. Activities include a river dig, hikes, and more. More on both programs here.


Keanne Leonard is education director at Rowe Sanctuary, 44450 Elm Island Road, Gibbon, NE 68840. Reach her at (308) 468-5282, or visit the Rowe Sanctuary web site here.  


Outdoor Classrooms
Energy, Water and Recycling
Environmental Education Curriculum
Involving Your Community
Audubon's Spring Creek Prairie

Central Platte Natural Resources District

Audubon's Rowe Sanctuary

National Wildlife Federation's Eco-Schools
Adopt a Stream
Wildlife Week Poster Contest
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