Urban Conservation


Central Platte NRD has two cost-share programs to assist cities, villages, and counties with a wide range of conservation recreational opportunities. Below is a brief description of each urban cost-share program. Applications will be accepted on an annual basis with a deadline of March 1st to be funded in the following fiscal year’s budget.

Recreation Area Development Program

This Program is designed to assist sponsors with the acquisition of land, or land rights, and to establish, develop and improve public recreational areas, including lake dredging. The cost-share rate is 50% of eligible project costs up to a maximum of $40,000. Applications submitted under the Recreation Area Development Program.

Trails Assistance Program

This Program is designed to cost-share with sponsors on trails projects that have received approval for funding under the Transportation Enhancement Program administered by the Nebraska Department of Roads or the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. The cost-share rate is 50% of the local share of the costs of the project with a program maximum of $40,000. Applications submitted under the Trails Assistance Program.
Note: Communities may reapply for either program three years following previously approved applications.
Guidelines and Applications

MARCH 2019  The board approved one application for the Urban Conservation Program in the amount of $10,000 to the City of Gothenburg for bank stabilization at Lake Helen.

MARCH 2018  The board approved its first applications for the Urban Conservation Program. Funding was approved in the amount of $30,000 to the City of Grand Island for picnic shelters at Sterling Park within the Sterling Estates located in northwestern Grand Island. The next development items include two picnic shelters, a basketball court, backstop, and benches. The second request approved in the amount of $17,965 was submitted by the City of Kearney to complete a design for the Whitewater Park Recreation Plan including stream drop structures, bank stabilization, hike-bike trail connections, parklike observation area, and a new put-in ramp. The Urban Conservation Assistance Program is designed to assist sponsors establish, develop, and improve public recreational areas.


80 Natural Resources District’s Recreation Areas

Nature Links

(Click on the name below to visit their site.)

Kearney Whitewater Park

Nature Centers in Nebraska

I Naturalist

Outdoor Nebraska

Nature.org – Nebraska

Only in Your State – Nebraska

Ak-Sar Ben Aquarium

Crane Trust Nature & Visitor Center

Hummel Park Nature Center

Neale Woods Nature Center

Pioneers Park Nature Center

Prairie Loft

River Country Nature Center

Rowe Sanctuary

Spring Creek Prairie Audubon Center

Wildcat Hills Nature Center


Walking Trails in Nebraska


Trail nameNearLocation
Fontenelle ForestBellevueFontenelle Forest Nature Center
Scott LookoutHalseyNebraska National Forest
Wilderness ParkLincolnLincoln
Cowboy Recreation and Nature TrailNorfolkNebraska Game and Parks Commission
Trooper TrailChadronNebraska National Forest
Meadowlark TrailFt. CalhounUnited States Fish and Wildlife Service