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Pioneers Park Nature Center Programs

Spring 2014

Download the full Spring 2014 Program Guide for contact information, hours and fees.


Night Walk
Take a walk under the brilliant stars of the winter sky as we listen to hear the sounds of nocturnal animals around us. After the hike we will warm up with hot cocoa. This is recommended for ages 6 and up. Register by January 31
Date: Saturday, February 8   |   Time: 7-8:30p
Location: Prairie Building

Great Backyard Bird Count
Bundle up and join us for a 9:00 a.m. winter bird walk. Then meet with other birders at the Chet Ager Building for hot mulled cider and a snack as we count the visitors at our bird garden. That data will be submitted to the biologists at the Cornell University Bird Lab for the 16th Annual Great Bird Count. The Wild Bird Habitat Stores will be on hand to discuss how you can attract birds to your backyard. No registrations necessary for this drop-in program but please call 402-441-7895 if you plan to attend the bird walk.
Call 402-441-7895 for reservations at least two weeks in advance.
Date: Saturday, February 15   |   Time: 9-11:30a
Location: Saturday, February 15
Fee: $5 Suggested Donation

Geology day
Learn about fossils, minerals, rocks and gemstones through displays and demonstrations by the members of the Lincoln Gem and Mineral Club. They can also help you identify your own specimens during this drop-in program. Date: Sunday, March 9   |   Time: 1-4p
Location: Chet Ager Building
Fee: $5 Suggested Donation

Wild Adventure
This will be a family event hosted by the Friends of Pioneers Park Nature Center. Details are still being determined. Please contact the Nature Center after February 1st to learn more. Date: Saturday, April 19   |   Time: TBD
Locaiton: Pioneers Park Nature Center

Birthday Parties @ The Nature Center!
Reptiles Rock, Insect Investigations, Nature’s Scavenger Hunt, Amazing Birds, Marvelous Mammals or Grow in the Garden. Choose the theme that will make for an exciting birthday celebration. There is time for a nature hike/activity and your birthday activities. We provide the space, program, a favor bag for each child and a special gift for the guest of honor. You provide the refreshments
Call 402-441-7895 for reservations at least two weeks in advance.
Available facilities:
Birthday House: $75 for 10 children and 3 adults, $7 each additional child, 15 maximum.
Auditorium: $100 for up to 10 children and 5 adults, $7 each additional child, $3 each additional adult.

Programs for Youth

Preschool Open House
Learn about the wonderful nature based Preschool and Pre-K programs at Pioneers Park Nature Center by attending one of the open house sessions. Children explore the Nature Center daily developing inquiry, motor and social skills. Registration for 2014-15 school year begins on February 1st. If there is inclement weather Open House will be held Tuesday, Jan 28.
Date: Tuesday, Jan 21   |   Time: 10-11a or 1-2p
Location: Prairie Building

Animal theater & Winter Play
Celebrate Groundhog’s Day with the animals! Come see a show about wildlife at the Nature Center. Then head outside for some fun winter games. Dress for the weather.
Date: Saturday, February 1   |   Time: 10 – 11:00a
Location: Prairie Building

Nature Explorers Camp
Looking for fun and adventure for your spring break? Spend it at the Nature Center. Children ages 6 - 13 will play games, explore, build magic places, make friends and have a great time during spring break. Campers will get outside every day to investigate the natural world around them. Extended hours are available from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at no extra charge.
Dates: March 10-14   |   Time: 8:30a-5:00p
Location: Prairie Building

Hand in Hand: Spring Song
Together you and your child will discover the wonders of spring through walks, games and stories. Please dress for the weather, we will be exploring outside for a portion of each class. A snack will be provided. Ages 2 ½-3 ½ year olds and accompanying adult only. This class is designed for one-on-one time, please leave younger siblings at home.Register by March 6
Dates: March 17, 24 & 31, April 7, 14, 21 & 28, May 5 Day: Mondays   |   Time: 10-11:30a
Location: Prairie Building Goldenrod Classroom
Fee:$65/child/8 week session


The Nature Center rotates scheduled badges and try-its. Upon request, staff will work with leaders for Naturalist or Forester badge programming with the following fee schedule:
2 hours or less: $7/scout; minimum of 10

Scout Hikes
One hour naturalist-led hikes are available. Call 402-441-7895.
Fee: $3/scout   Minimum of 10 scouts.

Naturalist Badge for Webelos
Register by April 30
Learn to identify the poisonous plants and animals of our area, search for animals of our region, investigate food chains, bird flyways and the importance of wetlands! Complete activities 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11 with the help of Nature Center staff.
Days: Saturday, May 3   |   Time: 9:30a-noon
Location: Prairie Building   |   Fee: $10/scout

Junior Naturalist Series
This series of programs is targeted at Brownies but all levels of Girl Scouts are welcome to attend. Fee includes instructor, supplies, snacks and recognition. Come dressed for the weather, we’ll be outside for at least part of the time! Register through the Girl Scouts at at least two weeks before the program.
Days: Sundays   |   Time: 1-3:30p
Location: Prairie Building   |   Fee: $15/scout

February 16: Myth Busters
March 16: More Than Just Feather
April 13: Spring Explosion


Sandhill Crane Trip
Experience one of our planet’s most spectacular wildlife migrations. Visit the Nebraska Nature and Visitor Center, travel rural roads to see the cranes foraging and dancing in the fields, then watch and listen to them return to the Platte River at sunset from a Rowe Sanctuary blind. The fee includes van transportation, dinner and blind costs. Must have the ability to walk uneven trails in low light with a guide. Registration and payment required by February 21 for blind reservations.
Date: Thursday, March 20   |   Time: Noon-11p
Location: Prairie Building   |   Fee: $75/person
* $25 is for the blind reservation and is non-refundable if the trip is cancelled or participants cancel and we cannot fill with a new participant.