The Pioneers Park Nature Center invites the public to participate in a variety of onsite and virtual nature programs this fall. All onsite events are at the Nature Center, 3201 S. Coddington Avenue. Schedules are as follows:
Prairie Immersion - Tuesday, September 29, 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and Tuesday, October 6, 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.: Learn about the tallgrass prairie ecosystem, plants, animals and people (past and present). The program is for children ages 9 to 12 and is developed to meet fourth grade science and social studies objectives. Additional dates may be added depending on demand. The event is free and advance registration required.
Habitat and Life Cycles Hike - Friday, October 2, 12:30 to 2 p.m., and Friday, October 9, 10 to 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 to 2 p.m.: Learn about habitats and the life cycles of different plants and animals. The program is for children ages 5 to 12 and meets first and second grade Nebraska science standards. Additional dates may be added depending on demand. This event is free and advance registration is required.
Virtual Field Trips - Virtual programs can be tailored to your classroom. Includes 30 to 45 minute live interactive video call from the Nature Center, access to field trip videos, and optional follow-up communication with Center staff. Virtual programs must be scheduled at least one week in advance. Call 402-441-7895 for pricing.
Funding for the programs above is provided by the Lower Platte South Natural Resources District, the Friends of Pioneers Park Nature Center, and the Lincoln Cares community donation program. Lincoln Cares allows customers of the Lincoln Electric System (LES) to add $1 to their monthly bill payments for Parks and Recreation, Lincoln City Libraries and Aging Partners. Projects and programs are funded from donations through LES and matching partner funds. Programs include the Parker's Pals scholarship program, which helps children of low-income families participate in youth and sports activities offered by Lincoln Parks and Recreation.
Full Moon Hike - Friday, October 2, 7 to 8:30 p.m.,: Enjoy the sights and sounds of the natural world at night. Participants should dress for the weather and be prepared to walk on uneven terrain in low light. Flashlights are discouraged, but red lights are welcome. This program is for adults and families with children ages 12 and older. The fee is $5 per person.
Fall Fun Explorers Camp - Thursday, October 15 and Friday, October 16, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., extended hours from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. are available: This program is for children ages 5 to 13. Campers will be outside most of the day and must bring a sack lunch, water, and an extra change of clothes and shoes daily. Nature Day Camps are designed to inspire curiosity and build understanding of others and their surroundings. Those interested may register for one or both days. The fee is $40 per camper, per day.
Protocols aligning with current Directed Health Measures will be followed for all onsite Nature Center programing. This includes a temperature check upon arrival and required use of face masks when indoors or when six foot distancing is not possible.
For more information about the Pioneers Park Nature Center or to register for programs call 402-441-7895 or visit parks.lincoln.ne.gov.