Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Monday, December 28, 2009
We've rented a Bobcat to remove the snow. We seem to get a big drift at our front door every time it snows! Dan digs like a mad man and managed to tunnel out till I met him with the snow blower. Fun with man-toys...
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Ok, here's the situation. It's snowing big time. This is snow like we had when we were kids! I love it! I know there are those who dislike the cold and snow, but it really is a beautiful scene as the snow settles in on the prairie. Travel difficulties aside, the moisture and beauty are welcome indeed. If you can make it out to the center to hike the trails, it will be worth the effort.
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Brad, Shirley, Vicki and Dan
The Nebraska Nature & Visitor Center located is pleased to announce that Dan Glomski has been hired as the Center’s Program Coordinator in the organization.
Dan brings over twenty years of experience providing science based programming, including being Curator of Astronomy at Hastings Museum. Dan’s current focus at the Nature Center includes producing and presenting year-round nature based programs for school aged and adult audiences. Dan will work closely with educators and volunteers to provide programs that tell the story of Nebraska’s rivers, prairie and wildlife.
Vicki Struss came on board in July and serves as our office manager. Vicki keeps the office running smoothly and is usually the first person to answer the phone. Vicki lives on a farm near Kenesaw with her husband Rick.
To help with the gift shop, we have hired Shirley McCallum of Grand Island. Shirley will draw on her experience as an interior designer and volunteering for several gift shops in the area. Shirley's creative touch can be seen throughout the building.
I (Brad) started as director in April and am looking forward to working with Shirley, Vicki and Dan as we begin to grow this organization.
The Nebraska Nature & Visitor Center re-opened its doors this past summer and has partnered with Hastings College, Nebraska Game & Parks Commission, Platte River Recovery Program and the Nebraska Environmental Trust.
Located on the I-80 Alda exit 305, the Nebraska Nature & Visitor Center exists to provide a place where people of all ages can connect to nature along the Platte River. You can go to www.nebraskanature.org for more information.
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
We are participating in the upcoming Teacher's Time Out this November 5, 2009.
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
The Platte river is big, some 300+ miles long. It has become choked with vegetation for many reasons over the years. This has a big effect on the ability of the river to carry water in its slow meandering braided prairie river natural state. One method to help clear the vegetation is to spray it with a herbicide. Much can be done by truck, but some areas must be sprayed by air. A helicopter was hired to cover the areas that just are too difficult to reach by other means. Thats when Rob Schultz who is the Hall County Weed Control Superintendent stopped by the Center and asked if the Helicopter could use our parking area to stage from.
Monday, October 12, 2009
The Central Platte River valley is home to some of the most productive land on our planet. This productivity has created a robust economy of agriculture, business and industry that thrives to this day. The common thread is the Platte. The Platte breathes life into this region, it always has.
Our entire lives we have lived and worked in the valley and we go about our business seldom stopping to take notice. People travel I-80 as fast as they possibly can, hardly recognizing the river that has flowed for eons carving out a landscape that was once at the heart of the greatest grassland ecosystems on earth.
The Platte, though fragmented compared to its historic borders, still plays host to a robust ecosystem of flora and fauna that is world class in its scope. This is the focus of our mission.
The Nebraska Nature and Visitor Center exists to provide a place from which people of all ages can connect to nature. Landowners, scientists, politicians, tourists, artists and students are starting to piece together the future of the Platte. We are learning more now than we ever have about the river. What are we to do with all of this knowledge? The one thing we can’t do is ignore it.
The Nebraska Nature and Visitor Center will be a resource and a portal to nature. We will celebrate Nebraska and it’s land as a place that is vibrant and alive. As the debates and policies are formed, a place in which people can connect, learn, and discover grows more important..
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Saturday, August 29, 2009
We hosted twenty two freshman from Hastings College this morning. We were glad to have them as they were able to help move several projects forward in just a few hours. It was really a treat to have them out and hope to reconnect with other such groups in the near future.
Sunday, August 23, 2009
We will provide food and a tour and update of our activities. Please give us a call or email to let us know if you can make it.
308 382 1820
Saturday, August 22, 2009
Long time volunteers Connie McCartney and Anton Curtis were out on their monthly bug survey today. I tagged along for a bit just to see what might turn up. It amazing what is there when you just take a little time and watch. Click on the photo of Connie's field notes to see what we were able to document in a few hours of walking the river bottoms off the trial bridges here at the Center.
It seems that there are about a dozen days each year in Nebraska that are just the right mix of temperature, humidity and wind that make for what I call a perfect day. I think today is going to be one of those days.
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
I was invited to Shoemaker Elementary School in Grand Island this morning to talk to the kids about their theme, "Wild about learning". What a great group of teachers and students. It was fun to see all of the kids wearing their first day of school new shoes and they were all polished up. We will work with the school to create a place to bring children outside. I think the best place to teach most everything is a classroom without walls.
Thursday, August 13, 2009
We are continuing with week two of our photography workshops. Fifteen participants were registered and we have lots to learn. Portraiture was the topic last Tuesday evening.
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Thursday, August 6, 2009
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
We held our second volunteer orientation tonight. 37 people attended and 10 last week. Some were have volunteered for years and other were brand new to the effort. We had good food and conversation. We'll be rolling up our sleeves and getting to the business of running a great Center. We will hold another event next month. If you are interested in volunteering, just stop by or contact us by phone or email. We need good people every month of the year, so join us!
Saturday, July 18, 2009
Wood Carvers make walking sticks. A perfect day to be outside! This class was presented by Brandi and Sarah, both from NTV television. It was a partnership with Central Community College - G.I Campus. If you would to find out about future classes, contact Judy Weston at the G.I. Campus. Phone 308 398 7445. They conduct all kinds of interesting classes including a photography workshop to be held here at the Nature Center in August.
Saturday, July 11, 2009
We will be hosting two volunteer orientation events designed to get you involved (again). We will have a short introductory meeting to get ourselves organized and find out what talents each of us have and how we can connect them in volunteer service to the
Choose the meeting time that fits your schedule best, or come to both!
Thursday, July 23 at 9:30 am A light brunch will be served along with a short meeting.
Tuesday. July 28 at 6:00 p.m. We will have a BBQ with a short meeting to follow.
We will provide all of the food for both meetings.
If you are unable to attend but wish to be involved, simply call or email and we will get you the information needed to get on-board.
Center work day - Thursday, July 30 8:30 am - noon. Lunch will be served. We have both inside and outside work to complete. Stay as long as you can! Cleaning, brush removal, windows, mowing and more fun things to do.
More volunteer activities will be announced in the near future.
We're partnering with a talented group of students and profs from Hastings College to build and manage our web site. Kay Dobesh from Hastings is working part time this summer to design and build the core site. A rough draft is shown in the photo. It will provide a lot of information and be a place to stop by often to check out what is new at the center.
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Thursday, July 2, 2009
We're getting a new sign at the NNVC. This is no small sign. People will not drive by and miss this one!
Friday, June 19, 2009
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
We had a rain storm with a fair amount of hail last weekend at the center. On Saturday morning, it had the smell of a fresh cut hayfield. A good smell! Today, it has the smell of fermenting grass, not as nice. It really beat down the vegetation and I know the local farm crops took a beating. I hope they are able to recover. As I walked over the bridge, I was greeted by the herd of cattle that are grazing where the trail system used to be. Yes, we are working with our friends at the Whooping Crane Trust to re-establish a series of trails through the mixed grass prairie. I can't wait!