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.   Scholarship Page

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, 2017.  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 54th Nebraska Youth Range Camp to be held June 5-9, 2017, 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


The Central Platte Natural Resources District (CPNRD) provides scholarships for students residing in or attending school within the CPNRD.  Scholarships are provided in the amount of $100 towards registration fees to attend the Nebraska Youth Range Camp hosted by the Society of Range Management. Central Platte NRD will reimburse qualified students in the amount of $100 after confirmation from the Society of Range Management that the students have attended the full camp.  CPNRD will request a list of camp attendees from the SRM and mail the sponsorship check to the parent listed on the registration form.  Students must request sponsorship prior to attending the camp by providing a copy of their registration form to Marcia Lee at:
Email:     Fax: (308) 385-6285    Mail:  Central Platte NRD, 215 Kaufman Ave, Grand Island NE 68803



High School Contests      

Envirothon | Land Judging | Range Judging



Free LEED Educator Workshop  Flyer

I would like to pass on to you this amazing FREE professional development opportunity hosted by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission.  This is the 8th annual Legacy in Environment Education Discovery or LEED educator workshop.  Each year Game and Parks hosts this workshop at a different unique landscape throughout the state.  For 2017 this workshop will be hosted at Indian Cave State Park in Schubert, NE on Monday June 26- Tuesday June 27.

This two-day intensive educator workshop focuses on a specific area in Nebraska.  Here we will have resource professionals coordinate activities and talks specifically designed around Indian Cave State Park.  This year’s themes will focus on; Oak Woodland Management, Invasive Species, Macroinvertebrates, Fire management, native flora and fauna, Timber Rattlesnake studies, and many more!  Teachers will get hands- on experience working with all these themes.  In addition, teachers will be provided with Project Learning Tree curriculum guide, field guides specifically for the area, and numerous activities they can use in their future classrooms.

Teachers will be provided all lodging, food, and transportation (to and from hotel and park) for the workshop.  Teachers must attend BOTH days to receive all resources and guides.  Ready to register??  Please email with your full name, mailing address, affiliation, and phone number.



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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  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. 

*Success Academy of Grand Island was the latest school to receive funding to create an outdoor classroom for butterfly monarch habitat at Dodge Elementary in Grand Island in the amount of $1,666.75.  Students from Grand Island Senior High’s Success Academy, Dodge Elementary, Skills Academy Elementary, and the Roots & Shoots Program will partner in the project.  They will use the scientific method to conduct real world observation and data collection in the monarch butterfly habitat.  Vlcek Gardens, Chapman, will provide project design and construction.  Pheasants Forever will present lessons for students to apply their knowledge in field observations by participating in national Monarch Butterfly field studies.  The outdoor classroom will cover approximately 800 square feet, with implementation to be completed this spring.  CPNRD has provided funding towards 14 outdoor classrooms since 2001.

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

March Edition  Articles: Outdoor Classrooms-Take It Outside!, Free Arbor Day Seedlings, Free Monarch Habitat Educator Packets, CPNRD-Ron Bishop College Scholarship Program, Taking Registrations for Groundwater Festival, Adventure Camp About the Environment for Middle School


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