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Pioneers Park Nature Center

FUNdamental to Environmental Quality and Youth Development

Welcome to Pioneers Park Nature Center…
668 acres of tallgrass prairie, woodlands, wetlands and a stream. Since 1963 the Nature Center has served the Lincoln area as an environmental education center and wildlife sanctuary. Eight miles of hiking trails wind through various habitats and take visitors past non-releasable raptor exhibits, as well as bison, elk, and white-tailed deer.  

FamilyTwo interpretive buildings house hands-on and small animal exhibits. The Edna Shield’s natural play area for Children provides a place for kids to dig, build and climb. Prairie, bird, children’s and herb gardens with many labeled specimens are both beautiful and instructive. Programming includes a preschool, nature camps, school hikes, scout badge work, birthday parties, special events and a variety of other classes for all ages. The Nature Center is open 362 days a year. Admission is free, suggested donations $3/person, $5/family or $10/group.

Click to learn about the Pioneers Park Nature Center!

  • Meet our staff and find out more about the Friends of the Pioneers Park Nature Center!
  • Find out the history, facilities, gardens, art and more! More info...
  • Check out the classes and programs More info...
  • Did you know there are Nature Center Camps? More info...
  • Preschoolers have a fun time with our Preschool Programs too! More info...
  • Would you like to become a volunteer? More info...
  • What can you do to help the nature center? More info...
  • Program Information for the entire Parks & Recreation department Download the guide
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