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

Sandhill cranes soar over the Central Platte River near sunrise

Central Platte Natural Resource District


Central Plate Natural Resources District strives to protect groundwater and surface water, reduce flood threats, reduce soil erosion, create and protect wildlife habitat, and educate children and adults to use natural resources wisely. The Central Platte is one of 23 NRDs in Nebraska, created by the Legislature to protect our natural resources (find your NRD here). The Central Platte NRD boundaries reach from the Lincoln-Dawson County line near Gothenburg to Highway 81 near Columbus (see map of the District here).


Central Platte NRD provides three kinds of grants to support environmental education in the District's territory. Outdoor Classroom grants can fund up to $1,500 of the cost of plants, seeds, signs or other materials needed to create or improve an outdoor classroom site on school grounds. The Community Grants program can provide funds to community or non-profit groups to fund up to $2,000 of the cost of bringing instructors or materials to schools. Mini Classroom grants will pay up to $35 per teacher for materials or other costs of environmental activities and projects in the classroom. More information here.


The NRD sponsors the Nebraska Children's Groundwater Festival, which educates about 1,000 4th and 5th grade students each year on groundwater and its relationship to natural resources. On Tuesday, May 10, the Festival's 23rd year will be celebrated when the Festival is held at Central Community College in Grand Island. The Festival will provide hands-on activities, presentations and display booths that teach students about the sources of groundwater, permeation of the soil, the scarcity of groundwater and its vulnerability to pollution. More information here


Central Platte Natural Resource District also funds scholarships to college-bound students considering a natural resources or agriculture career; publishes a newsletter on environmental education topics; supports the Adventure Camp about the Environment (a summer camp for 6th-8th graders); operates a lending library; and is involved in Envirothon, range judging, and land judging contests. More information here.


Marcia Lee is the Central Platte Natural Resource District's Information and Education Specialist. You can reach her at the Central Platte NRD office, 215 Kaufman Avenue, Grand Island, NE 68803. (308) 385-6282. Visit the Central Platte NRD here, and find information about the District's education programs 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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Crane photo copyright by Duane Hovorka