Our Wildlife Education programs promote hands-on nature education. We seek to get children outdoors and help educators teach an understanding of, and appreciation for, wildlife and our natural world.
Climate Change and Nebraska Wildlife
Former Executive Director Duane Hovorka researched and compiled a booklet about the effects of climate change on wildlife in Nebraska such as ducks, deer and trout. The booklet includes research that was conducted by Audubon Society, NOAA, the University of Nebraska, Game & Parks, National Wildlife Federation and others. The forecast has been updated and we continue to monitor affected species.
Click HERE for a pdf copy of the report Game & Fish Forecast: Climate Change and Nebraska Wildlife.
If you are interested in a presentation of this material by NeWF staff or contractors, please contact Executive Director JJ Johnson in our office at 402-477-1008.
Wild Adventure Day
Nebraska Wildlife Federation and Friends of Pioneers Park Nature Center organized a Wildlife Adventure Day in 2014 to provide fun, free outdoor activities for the whole family. About 500 children and adults attended the first Wild Adventure Day, taking part in two dozen activities like a prairie hike, stream adventure, live snakes and amphibians, and many more. Sponsors included Russ’s Market, Union Bank & Trust, Pioneers Park Nature Center, and the Nebraska Game & Parks Commission. We hope you can join us for our 2017 Wildlife Adventure Day on Saturday, April 29, 2016, 10 am to 1 pm, at Pioneers Park Nature Center in Lincoln.
Schoolyard Habitat Areas
Bring wildlife and the natural world right to the classroom door by developing a Schoolyard Habitat Area. Students can learn about plant and animal biology through first-hand observation and experimentation. Habitat areas can be used for a variety of other subjects including math, literature, art, and science. In 1996, NEWF published the first Guide to Nebraska Schoolyard Habitat Areas, a how-to guide for teachers and parents interested in establishing outdoor classrooms which highlighted some of the best schoolyard habitat areas from around Nebraska.
The National Wildlife Federation has a national Schoolyard Habitats® program, and schools can register their site online and receive information on starting, maintaining, and using outdoor classrooms. . National Wildlife Federation is also the host of the Eco Schools USA program, which helps schools, teachers, and communities take a holistic approach to environmental education and making their schools greener.
Each Spring, in conjunction with the National Wildlife Federation’s celebration of National Wildlife Week, we sponsor Wildlife Week Nebraska. We provide information about Wildlife Week on our web site, and we again notified 4th, 5th, and 6th grade teachers in Nebraska about Wildlife Week 2018, Nebraska’s Endangered and At Risk Species.
Our Wildlife Week Poster Contest recognizes budding 4th, 5th and 6th grade wildlife artists from schools across Nebraska. Contest information and individual entry forms are available at Wildlife Week Poster Contest Rules 2018 or by calling the Federation office. Winning artists will be honored at Lincoln Earth Day on Saturday, April 28, at Union Plaza in Lincoln.