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

Native Prairie at Fredstrom Elementary in Lincoln

Outdoor Classrooms


The Nebraska Department of Education says our state has about 1,250 public and private schools. Nearly every one has some kind of school yard or playground, providing an opportunity for teachers, administrators, students and parents to develop outdoor classrooms and incorporate them into the school's curriculum. Many Nebraska schools have included native prairie, ponds, wetlands, trees and other habitat in their outdoor classrooms.


National Wildlife Federation has a Schoolyard Habitat Program designed to help schools develop outdoor classrooms that attract and support local wildlife. NWF's resources include a how-to guide to creating schoolyard habitat areas, ideas for finding local support, lesson plans, and links to sources of grant funding for outdoor classrooms. Below is a list of Certified Schoolyard Habitat Areas in Nebraska you can visit.


Some of Nebraska's Natural Resource Districts also offer grants to schools to support outdoor classrooms. Find your local NRD contact here.


The Nebraska Statewide Arboretum has helped many Nebraska schools develop outdoor classrooms, and has information on its website.


National Wildlife Federation's Eco-Schools program takes a holistic approach to greening schools, by incorporating efforts to reduce energy and water use, develop outdoor classrooms, reduce climate footprint, improve transportation, reduce waste and boost recycling.


Some of Nebraska's best outdoor classrooms are Certified Schoolyard Habitat Areas, which you can visit in communities around Nebraska:


Bellevue: St. Mary's School

Crete: Doane College

Lakeview: Lakeview Student Council

Gering: Cedar Canyon School

Gretna: Eastern Nebraska 4-H Center

Lincoln: Fredstrom Elementary

Lincoln: Montessori School for Children

Lincoln: Morley Elementary School

Lincoln: First Lutheran Church Learning Center

Lincoln: Southwest High School

Norfolk: Northern Hills Elementary


Omaha: Brownell-Talbot School

Omaha: Crestridge School

Omaha: Faith Westwood Church Garden

Omaha: Harry Andersen Middle School

Omaha: Rockbrook Elementary

Omaha: Russell Middle School

Omaha: Western Hills Magnet Center

Oshkosh: Garden County Elementary

Ralston: Ralston Middle School

Sidney: Haskell Hill Montessori School

Walthill: Walthill Public Schools

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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