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Chet Ager Building

  • Exhibits include:
    • Information and hands-on activities about wetlands and woodlands
    • ‘Base Camp’ – an exploration area for primary school aged children
    • Live animals including snakes, turtles, screech owls and a barn owl
  • Large windows overlook a garden with plantings while feeders and a water element attract a wide variety of birds
  • The Louise Evans Doole Herb Garden and a wild tea garden are nearby

Prairie BuildingPrairie Building

  • Exhibits include:
    • Information and hands-on activities about the tallgrass prairie
    • Small animals including snakes, turtles and American kestrels
    • A children’s corner with puzzles, building materials
    • Crafts for preschoolers
  • An art wall features changing shows of the work of local artists
  • The Gift Shop has a wide variety of nature-related books, t-shirts, puppets, notecards and other items
  • The Malinovskis Auditorium provides a flexible meeting space for 60 to 80 people overlooking a pond
  • Preschool classrooms
  • Nature Center offices

The recent exhibit/office addition contains many green building features including straw-bale construction, geo-thermal heating and air conditioning, the use of recycled and low VOC materials and a green roof.  It was the first building in Lincoln to be awarded LEED certification. The building is surrounded by prairie plants, including a labeled demonstration garden area.