Plugged in to the community
Bright Lights is a non-profit organization that takes learning beyond the classroom. We provide elementary and middle school students with five weeks of unique, motivating, hands-on learning opportunities in a wide variety of topics every summer. Since being founded by two Lincoln, Nebraska moms in 1987, Bright Lights has promoted the habit of life-long learning while having fun and making friends. And with the support of our partners and donors, Bright Lights has become a vital part of the community. Find out more about us and our donor, volunteer and camp opportunities — as well as how we took our camps virtual for Summer 2020 — at BrightLights.org.
Tune in to this fun lesson to create a bubble wand from found and recycled materials at home.
CommonGround is a national movement of farm women who want to share information about farming and the food we grow. Consumers in the cities and suburbs are more disconnected from farm life than ever before, and that disconnect has led to misconceptions about modern farming and the people behind it. We’re a group of Nebraska farm women working to help dispel myths and built trust in farm families again. We want to answer questions and share facts as well as our personal stories of farm life. The video provided will help to answer the question, “Is modern farming good for the environment?”
Community Crops is a non-profit organization developed to support several community gardens in Lincoln. The gardens not only supply food for the community, but provide an opportunity to learn about how to be sustainable. To learn more about Community Crops please visit, https://communitycrops.org/.
Lincoln-Lancaster County Planning Department
The Lincoln-Lancaster County 2050 Comprehensive Plan embodies Lincoln and Lancaster County’s shared vision for the future, out to the year 2050. The theme of the Comprehensive Plan is “Plan Forward,” because it will not only look forward in time, but also forward in concept to envision a diverse, inclusive community that is livable, thriving, innovative, and resilient. Visit planforward2050.com to participate in our virtual public event, available through the end of August. The virtual event is meant to simulate a traditional open house, with stations focusing on three growth scenarios out to the year 2050 and a mix of informative and interactive content.
Lincoln Public Schools
The Lincoln Public Schools Sustainability Department promotes green efforts throughout the district and the community by implementing environmentally responsible practices in LPS facilities and providing educational opportunities for our future environmental stewards. Some of our programs include the Green Schools Recognition Program, recycling, composting, and school gardens. In this video, we talk about our carbon footprint and simple changes we can make at home to reduce our impact on the environment.
Monarch Gardens, LLC
It’s time to rethink pretty and reprairie suburbia.
More than 1/3 of fresh water in the U.S. is used to water lawns while 5,000 acres of land are converted to lawn daily. Meanwhile, less than 3% of the original tallgrass prairie remains, making it more threatened than the Amazon and Indonesian rainforests combined — 70% of all U.S. grasslands may be gone by 2100. Why should we care? When the prairie goes, so to go the pollinators and critters that make our landscape beautiful. Kids today will see 35% fewer butterflies and moths than their parents did 40 years ago, and 28% fewer birds, mammals, amphibians and fish. Saving water and saving our landscape starts with a single seed. Choose native plants like goldenrod, sunflower and purple prairie clover to brighten your landscape and empower your pollinators!
Nebraska Ethanol Board
Support your health and the health of the environment by filling up with fuel blended with ethanol. When you do, you reduce toxic, chemicals emitted from your vehicle’s tailpipe and you reduce greenhouse gases by 43%. Ethanol, which is made from corn grown right here in Nebraska, is also usually the more affordable option so you’ll save money! E15 can be used in vehicles 2001 and newer. Learn more about the difference ethanol makes.
Extension supports Nebraskans daily, in almost every area of their life. From agricultural expertise to nutrition and youth leadership, Nebraska Extension is working hard to ensure the success of Nebraska’s youth, families, farms, ranches and communities. An important way we can contribute to a sustainable future is through green gardening, or the practice of designing, installing and maintaining urban landscapes that benefit the environment, instead of degrading it. Learn more from an extension expert in the video below.
Pioneers Park Nature Center
The Nature Center is a great place for people of any age to visit during all seasons. Walk the trails through our prairie, meet our exhibit animals, listen to the birds in our bird garden, relax on one of our benches, treat yourself to the smells of our herb garden, dig in the natural play area or learn from our exhibits.
I recommend that people try using the iNaturalist app to identify and record the wide variety of species. Anyone with a smart phone can take photos on the app and try to identify their images. There are lots of images on the app to explore also. Visit inaturalist.org and look for shapes, colors and patterns in nature. A fun way to help focus on something specific is to use a toilet paper towel like a telescope or microscope. Focus on the details. Can you sketch or describe the details?
UNL Department of Entomology
In this video we briefly cover what is happening to the bees and how you can help! We also give management tips on beekeeping and how to pick plants to help all pollinators. Learn more about research and programming going on at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Bee Lab and Great Plains Master Beekeeping.
For more information, please visit https://entomology.unl.edu/bee-lab and follow us on Facebook @UNLBeeLab
Great Plains Trails Network
The Great Plains Trails Network is a group of citizens who advocate and support a network of trails in and around Lancaster County, Nebraska, for jogging, biking, walking and horseback riding. The network seeks the acquisition, development and wide availability of trails.