Education

Education

In addition to some of the conventional educational activities, NNRD staff strive to provide information and education to both youth and adults. Quarterly newsletters, this website, periodic press releases, social media, displays, and presentations are just a few of the vehicles used to share information about programs and events. NRD staff are always available to speak to civic groups, conduct educational workshops for teachers and/or students, or lead tours and informational activities upon request.

Water Celebration

Water Celebration
Water Celebration

Held each year at Peru State College in March during their spring break, this collaborative effort with the Cooperative Extension, NRCS, Nebraska Forest Service, and others provides fifth graders with a day full of hands-on activities. Games, experiments, and crafts combine to explain the different ways water is important.

Plant-A-Tree

Plant-A-Tree
Plant-A-Tree

Over 18,000 trees have been presented to third graders throughout the District since the program’s inception in 1989. NRD staff deliver the trees each April to classrooms at their request; a short program is provided to educate the youngsters about their tree species and how to plant and care for it. Each child has an opportunity to take a seedling home.

Envirothon

Envirothon
Envirothon

This competition tests teams of five high schoolers in seven categories: soils, wildlife, range, forestry, aquatics, policy, and one national subject which changes each year. Regional contests take place from January-March across the state; winners advance to the State contest in late April at locations that change each year. The lucky State winner represents Nebraska at the national contest later that summer. The regional contest for schools in the Nemaha NRD is in Beatrice in March.

Nebraska Envirothon

Land & Range Judging Contests

Land & Range Judging Contests
2018 Area Land Judging
Land & Range Judging Contests

Each fall high school FFA students compete in range judging contests and land judging contests throughout the state. Range judging takes place in September within predetermined regions, and those contests rotate among different locations within their regions. Students are tested on plant identification and range management. A state contest which also rotates around the state is held later in the month, and any team or individual may compete at that contest regardless of their placing in the regionals.

Land judging contests are also set up on a regional basis, and the Nemaha NRD and Lower Big Blue NRD take turns hosting every other year. This contest involves evaluating soils and land use. Unlike the range contest, land judging contestants must qualify at their regional contest in order to participate in the state contest.

2018 Land Judging Results

Wednesday, October 3, 164 FFA members from 12 southeast Nebraska schools competed in the Southeast Area Land Judging Contest in Otoe County. Contestants are tested on soil characteristics and land treatment recommendations in the hands-on contest. Both team and individual awards were handed out with Elizabeth Hodges from Johnson Brock taking the top individual honors. In the team division, Pawnee City led the way with their team of Ashlynn Hartmann, Eve Beethe, Olivia Gottula, and Sierra deKoning.

Four schools were eligible to advance teams to the State contest. They were Pawnee City, Johnson Brock, Falls City, and Palmyra. In addition individuals who placed in the top 10 but were not part of a State contest team also earned a berth to the State contest. Those included Ryan Hunt, Lewiston; Ty Hays, Palmyra; Levi Dorsey, Johnson County Central; Kim Becker, Meridian; and Audrey Sandfort, Johnson Brock.

In State competition at Lake Wanahoo near Wahoo on October 17, Palmyra’s team of Kaleb Kempkes, Briley Luff, Lilly Calkins, and Daniel Fry placed second earning them a trip to the National Land Judging Contest in Oklahoma City next May. Individually Lilly Calkins also took second place overall, and Levi Dorsey followed her at third place out of the 151 contestants.

Full results are available by clicking the links below:

Area Land Judging October 3: Individual Results Team Results Adult Results

State Land Judging October 17: Individual Results Team Results Adult Results

Nebraska Land Judging Contest

 

Watershed of Wonders

Watershed of Wonders
Watershed of Wonders

In even numbered years the Nemaha NRD hosts a day camp, Watershed of Wonders, at one of its public recreation areas for children ages 10-12. The camp originated in 2002 and has been at either Kirkman’s Cove or Iron Horse Trail Lake every two years.

Up to 100 children may be accommodated at the free event that provides hands-on natural resources activities such as archery, fishing, water rockets, and a boat or hayrack ride.