Student | Teacher Resources



CPNRD-Ron Bishop College Scholarship Program

This program awards $1,000 scholarships  to 10 students majoring in or enrolled in a natural resources field and is open to college students and high school seniors.  Return applicants and recipients are welcome to apply. Applications due March 15th.   Scholarship Page |2017-2018  Application

SunSummer Camp Scholarships

The Central Platte Natural Resources District (CPNRD) is offering $100 scholarships for middle and high school students to attend natural resources-related camps this summer.  CPNRD provides up to $100 per child to aid in registration costs to attend approved the following summer camps.  Eligibility Requirement: Students must live within the Central Platte NRD (map).   For more information on how to receive a summer camp scholarship, email Marcia or call (308) 385-6282.

* NRDs ACE Camp 

Middle school students residing in the CPNRD are encouraged to attend ACE Camp- Adventure Camp about the Environment (ACE), hosted by Nebraska’s 23 Natural Resources Districts and several education partners.  ACE Camp will be held at the State 4-H camp in Halsey, Nebraska from June 11-14.  The camp is for students who will have completed 6th, 7th or 8th grades. While at the camp students will learn from experts in the fields of forestry, energy, wetlands, soils, range, water and wildlife. Students will also have the opportunity to participate in archery, zipline, tanking and tubing at the camp.  Brochure/Registration   |  Poster

* Nebraska Youth Range Camp  

High school students are invited to attend the 53rd Nebraska Youth Range Camp to be held June 6-10, 2016, also at the Nebraska State 4-H Camp in Halsey. Range Camp is for students between the ages of 14-18. The camp’s dynamic curriculum appeals to students with a wide array of interests including, but not limited to, rangeland management, conservation, ecology, animal science, and wildlife. Students who attend this camp will be actively involved with field activities, lectures, hands-on experience, recreational leadership and team-building activities.   Brochure



High School Contests      Envirothon | Land Judging | Range Judging



WILD About Mammals Educator Workshop

Saturday February 25, 2017   9:00am-12:00pm
Hastings Museum- Hastings, NE   To register email



Sept 2010 Northeast full view

Outdoor Classroom Program (K-12)

The NRD’s Outdoor Classroom Programs were developed to provide funding to promote education of our natural resources through hands-on learning.  Funding is provided through three types of grants: Outdoor Classroom, Community Grants, and Mini-School Grants (applications below).

Outdoor Classroom For Schools up to $2,500 annually   Application 

Outdoor classrooms are provided to enhance learning through nature and found in both primary and secondary schools within the District. Schools that have received funding in the past include: Grand Island Northwest High School, Lexington District #22, Wood River Elementary, Centura Public Schools, Horizon Middle School-Kearney, Northeast Elementary-Kearney, Glenwood Elementary-Kearney, Doniphan-Trumbull Elementary, Cozad Community Schools, Grand Island Senior High, Kearney High School. 

*Grand Island Senior High was the most recent school awarded funding from CPNRD to convert an existing courtyard area into a sustainable outdoor learning lab by planting native trees and plants, bird feeders, a weather station, walkways, seating and a storage shed. The outdoor lab will be utilized for curriculum in the sciences, social studies, applied technologies and language arts departments; reaching around 2,000 students annually.

Community Grant- up to $2,000    Application

CPNRD’s Community Grant provides community organizations grant funds to provide natural resources education to school groups or to the public.

*Little Sprouts Outdoor Classroom- The Kearney Area Children’s Museum received funding from CPNRD to develop a Prairie Garden Walkway in their Little Sprouts Outdoor Classroom.  Plants will be selected that represent the prairie throughout the four seasons of the year.  Tours and workshops will be conducted focusing on biodiversity, characteristics of native prairie plants, and the role that these plants play in supporting the prairie ecosystem.   

Mini Classroom Grant- $35 per teacher    Application

The Mini Classroom Grant provides $35 to classroom teachers for natural resources classroom activities, field trips, etc.


H2O Triathlon


Nebraska Children’s Groundwater Festival

All 4th/5th grade students (public & private) are invited to attend the Nebraska Children’s Groundwater Festival.  Going on its 29th year, this educational event brings water experts and natural resources experts together to educate students about groundwater conservation.  Find out more!


NR Corner~ Natural Resources Newsletter for Educators

Latest Edition: Outdoor Learning Funding, Poster Contest “We All Need Trees,” Register for Groundwater Festival, CPNRD-Ron Bishop College Scholarships, Nominate Youth for $1,000 Conservation Award, Cover Crop & No-Till Conference, CPNRD Co-Hosts Range & Land Judging Contests


Watch on NETV March 23 at 7;30 p.m. & March 26 at 12:30 p.m.

Video on How Nebraska’s Natural Resources Districts
Manage Locally 

Produced and aired on Nebraska’s Educational Television.


Contact Marcia Lee for more information on CPNRD’s Education Programs (308) 385-6282 or