Nebraska’s NRDs have a variety of projects and programs to educate youth about conservation and natural resources. Below you will find information & links to Central Platte NRD’s Outdoor Classroom Program, Nebraska Children’s Groundwater Festival, Arbor Day Seedlings, High School Contests (Envirothon, Land Judging. Range Judging), and College Scholarship Program.

Outdoor Classroom Program (K-12)

The NRD’s Outdoor Classroom Programs were developed to provide funding to promote the 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). Providing lessons in nature ensures that children today are growing up with meaningful daily connections to nature. When children spend time in nature-filled outdoor learning environments, research shows that conflict is replaced by pleasant and positive exploration.  Click here for programs & funding available.

* Outdoor Classrooms For Schools- up to $2,500  Application   

The NRD’s Outdoor Classroom Programs were developed to provide funding to promote the education of our natural resources through hands-on learning.  Providing lessons in nature ensures that children today are growing up with meaningful daily connections to nature. When children spend time in nature-filled outdoor learning environments, research shows that conflict is replaced by pleasant and positive exploration.

* Community Grant- up to $2,000   Application

The Community Grant provides grant funds to organizations to provide natural resources education to school groups or to the public.  Recent funding approved:

* Diversifying the Tree Canopy- Success Academy of Grand Island Senior High was awarded $2,000 to plant 23 trees on Grand Island Boulevard. The trees will replace those lost to disease and storms. Students will be partnered with the City of Grand Island Parks and Recreation Department to receive hands-on training to learn how, when, and why it’s important to have a diversified tree canopy for our community.

*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 were selected to represent the prairie throughout the four seasons of the year.  Tours and workshops are 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. Additional funding is available for environmental education activities and projects.

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College Scholarship Program

CPNRD-Ron Bishop Memorial College Scholarship   This program awards $1,000 scholarships to 5 students majoring in a natural resources field. College juniors and seniors are eligible.  Return applicants and recipients are welcome to apply.

College Scholarship Page  |  2021-2022 Application

 Contact Marcia Lee at (308) 385-6282 or lee@cpnrd.org.

Other Conservation Resources

 Energy Efficiency Guide: Save Money on Home Energy Costs
Jessica and Bri requested that CPNRD add this guide to our website for conservation education and to earn a Girl’s Scout Badge.

If you have any suggestions to add to this page, email Marcia.

Free Arbor Day Seedlings

ARBOR DAY SEEDLINGS  Arbor Day is Friday, April 24th.  Central Platte NRD will be providing free seedlings to students to help celebrate this Nebraska-born holiday. The seedlings are 6”-12” tall and will be contained in plastic plugs to make it easier for students to take home. Planting instructions will also be provided.

To order contact Marcia Lee at:  lee@cpnrd.org or call (308) 385-6282 with the following information:
* Teacher Name(s)    * # of seedlings per classroom     * Phone #     * Email & School addresses

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High School Contests

Click on the contests hosted by CPNRD below for details and results of each contest:

Envirothon   |   Land Judging   |   Range Judging

 

 

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College Scholarship Program

CPNRD-Ron Bishop Memorial College Scholarship   This program awards $1,000 scholarships to 5 students majoring in a natural resources field. College juniors and seniors are eligible.  Return applicants and recipients are welcome to apply.

College Scholarship Page  |  2021-2022 Application

 Contact Marcia Lee at (308) 385-6282 or lee@cpnrd.org.

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Other Conservation Resources

 Energy Efficiency Guide: Save Money on Home Energy Costs
Jessica and Bri requested that CPNRD add this guide to our website for conservation education and to earn a Girl’s Scout Badge.

If you have any suggestions to add to this page, email Marcia.

Mini Classroom Grant- $35 per teacher   Application 

The Mini Classroom Grant provides $35 to classroom teachers for natural resources classroom activities, field trips, etc. Additional funding is available for environmental education activities and projects.

Nebraska Children’s Groundwater Festival

The Groundwater Festival is held each May at the Central Community College & College Park in Grand Island, NE. The festival reinforces groundwater quality, groundwater quantity, and natural resources education that students receive by bringing 50 water and natural resources professionals together to teach up to 1,0005th-grade students in one day.  Approximately 125 volunteers from surrounding communities and businesses volunteer for the event.

At the festival, students attend six in-depth classroom activities and a stage show. Schools that were scheduled to attend this year will be invited to attend the festival in 2021.  This event was the first groundwater festival to be formed and has been replicated in 42 states in the U.S.A., Mexico, Canada, India, and the United Kingdom. Over 30,000 students have been educated at the Festival since 1988.   Groundwater Festival Page

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Free Arbor Day Seedlings

ARBOR DAY SEEDLINGS  Arbor Day is Friday, April 24th.  Central Platte NRD will be providing free seedlings to students to help celebrate this Nebraska-born holiday. The seedlings are 6”-12” tall and will be contained in plastic plugs to make it easier for students to take home. Planting instructions will also be provided.

To order contact Marcia Lee at:  lee@cpnrd.org or call (308) 385-6282 with the following information:
* Teacher Name(s)    * # of seedlings per classroom     * Phone #     * Email & School addresses

High School Contests

Click on the contests hosted by CPNRD below for details and results of each contest:

Envirothon   |   Land Judging   |   Range Judging

 

High School Contests

Click on the contests hosted by CPNRD below for details and results of each contest:

Envirothon   |   Land Judging   |   Range Judging