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Education

The South Platte NRD is committed to providing the best information possible to people of all ages about groundwater festivalthe care, protection and use of our natural resources.  Our educational programs serve schools, youth groups, farmers and the general public.  From our resource lending library to workshops and special events, our goal is to help develop positive environmentally sound ideas for all generations.

One of our most successful youth programs is the Western Nebraska Children's Groundwater Festival, a fun-filled one day event where area fourth grade students learn about where our water comes from, its uses and how we can all care for it.

Each year's festival offers lively entertainment and interactive displays led by groundwater and natural resources professionals. The students rotate in small groups to different groundwater or groundwater-related presentations throughout the day.

Our staff members participate in a number of educational settings throughout the year, sharing their love and knowledge of natural resources with students of all ages.

 

Student Links
USGS USDA FSA Backyard Conservation
Ground Water Learning Environmental Kids Club Arbor Day Kids All About Weather
Forests      

 

 

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The South Platte NRD sponsors workshops that promote best management practices for farm producers.  Using best management practices (BMPs) helps reduce the movement of agricultural chemicals from farm fields, which helps groundwater from contamination. While many of these workshops are voluntary, some are required for producers in designated South Platte NRD Groundwater Quality Management Areas.  For more about the NRD's Groundwater Management Areas, click here.

 

 

We provide a number of resources for teachers, who can receive scholarships to attend camps or workshops that are natural-resources oriented.

Teachers
Teaching Backyard Conservation NACEE Ground Water Activities Project Wild
Project Food, Land & People NOAA Education   Project Wet
       

 

 

state land judgingStudent opportunities are also abundant, whether your interest lies in the areas of range or land management, or wider general knowledge. The South Platte NRD helps with a number of contests for area students.

Environmental resource materials, information and curriculum are available through the District Resources Library. We loan material on a variety of subjects such as water, plants, wildlife, soil, litter and recycling.  Many materials are geared toward primary, middle school, intermediate and high school-age students.  They involve students in fun, hands-on activities designed to increase their knowledge of the natural environment. We also have a large selection of materials and videos to provide information to adults seeking information.

 

 

 

 

CAMPS and SCHOLARSHIPS


The South Platte NRD offers scholarships to 2 camps. 

2018 Scholarship Applications are due by May 7,2018.


Scholarship applications can be found here.


Camp Applications MUST be submitted to the SPNRD with the Scholarship Application. 
If your application for a scholarship is not approved you will be notified timely so that you may send your application and fee to the camp prior to the camp deadline.

Range

The Nebraska Range Camp presented by the Nebraska Section Society for Range Management (SRM) is for youth ages 14-18.  The SPNRD Scholarships are available to anyone who resides in Kimball, Cheyenne or Deuel Counties.  If awarded, this scholarship will cover 100% of the camp fee.  Applicants are still responsible for any additional costs and travel to/from the camp. 
For details please visit http://www.nesrm.org/YouthRangeCamp.html

2018 Range Camp Brochure

ACE

Adventure Camp About The Environment (ACE) is hosted by Nebraska’s Natural Resources Districts and is for students who have completed the 6th, 7th and 8th grade in the 2017-2018 school year (or the school year prior to the camp dates).   The SPNRD Scholarships are available to anyone who resides in Kimball, Cheyenne or Deuel Counties.  If awarded, this scholarship will cover 100% of the camp fee.  Applicants are still responsible for any additional costs and travel to/from the camp. 
For details please visit https://www.nrdnet.org/programs/education

2018 ACE Brochure