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Earth Wellness Festival

The annual Earth Wellness Festival held by the University of Nebraska –Lincoln Extension, is an environmental-education event for 5th-graders in Lancaster County. The 2-day event offers hands-on activities and engaging presentations dealing with water, air, land, and living resources. Each year, the Saline Wetland Conservation Partnership coordinator offers a fun and exciting game of Saline Wetland Jeopardy.

Partners involved with the Earth Wellness Festival include: University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension in Lancaster County, Lower Platte South Natural Resources District, City of Lincoln, Lincoln/Lancaster County Health Department, Lincoln Public Schools, National Drought Mitigation Center, Southeast Community College-Lincoln, and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln School of Natural Resources Environmental Studies Program.


North Star High School

In 2005, the Saline Wetland Conservation Partnership coordinator established an annual program with the Environmental Studies class at North Star High School. Each fall, a selected group of students from the class are taken on field trips to the saline wetlands. The field trips include presentations by personnel of the LPSNRD, UNL, NGPC, and the NRCS. The students learn about saline-wetland topics including vegetation, hydrology, entomology, restoration and mitigation, management, soils, well-monitoring and sampling, wildlife, and the relationship of urbanized development with natural areas.


Pioneers Park- Saline Wetland Exhibit

Nature Center Display                 Nature Center Display

The saline-wetland educational kiosk is located in the Chet Ager building at Pioneers Park. The exhibit includes general information about Nebraska's saline wetlands and its flora and fauna, endangered species, a map of the saline wetlands in Lancaster and Saunders counties, and includes a tabletop interactive ecosystem balance. The saline wetlands conservation partnership provided funding for the kiosk.