Nebraska Nature Visitor Center Receives Grant from the Nebraska Environmental Trust
Lincoln, NE – April 7, 2011 – Nebraska Nature Visitor Center announced today that it will receive $60,000 from the Nebraska Environmental Trust for “Educating a New Generation of Environmentally Committed Nebraskans”. The Trust Board announced funding for the project at its meeting on April 7, 2011 in Lincoln. This is the final year of award. The project is one of the 94 projects receiving $15,412,788 in grant awards from the Nebraska Environmental Trust this year.
Nebraska Nature and Visitor Center near Alda, Nebraska requested a $240,000 grant, payable over three years, as part of an overall plan to re-open the Visitor's Center, hire personnel and offer educational programming, resources, and exhibits for Nebraskans and visitors from throughout the world. Through public/private collaborations with schools, environmental organizations, and ecologically-minded corporations, the Center will inform and educate the public in potentially all five focus areas of the Nebraska Environmental Trust: habitat, surface and ground water, waste management, air quality, and soil management. Matching funds have been obtained from four partner organizations (Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, Platte River Recovery Implementation Program, Hastings College, and Johnson Family Foundation) and have developed a sound and cost-effective business plan to ensure the Center's long-term sustainability.
The Nebraska Legislature created the Nebraska Environmental Trust in 1992. Using revenue from the Nebraska Lottery, the Trust has provided over $172 million in grants to 1,292 projects across the state. Anyone – citizens, organizations, communities, farmers and businesses – can apply for funding to protect habitat, improve water quality and establish recycling programs in Nebraska. The Nebraska Environmental Trust works to preserve, protect and restore our natural resources for future generations.