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Waterfalls Blog Turns into UNO Project

Smith Falls State Park along the Niobrara River near Sparks, NE.

When you blog, sometimes the strangest things happen. I still find it hard to believe that a blog I did about Nebraska waterfalls a while back actually became a college class project for a graduate student at the University of Nebraska at Omaha! But, I learned last night that such was the case.

Lacey Matney, a grad student in the Master of Science/Urban Studies program at UNO, dropped me an email message indicating that she had turned my blog post on waterfalls into a story map for a class she is taking. Say, what?

Fort Falls on the Fort Niobrara Wildlife Refuge along the Niobrara River near Valentine, NE.

She writes: “The GIS I class at UNO is making story maps for the Nebraska GIS/LIS Association (there’s a statewide competition).  Paul Hunt is collecting the maps (phunt@unomaha.edu).”

To see Lacey’s “cool” story map, click here.

Lacey also has her own travel blog under the pseudonym Mathilda.

Lacey Matney.
Lacey Matney.

Thanks so much, Lacey, for using one of my blog posts and promoting Nebraska’s beautiful natural wonders!

About greg wagner

A native of Gretna, NE, a graduate of Gretna High School and Bellevue University, Greg Wagner currently serves as the Communications and Marketing Specialist and Manager for the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission's Service Center in Omaha. On a weekly basis, Wagner can be heard on a number of radio stations, seen on local television in Omaha, and on social media channels, creatively conveying natural resource conservation messages as well as promoting outdoor activities and destinations in Nebraska. Wagner, whose career at Game and Parks began in 1979, walks, talks, lives, breathes and blogs about Nebraska’s outdoors. He grew up in rural Gretna, building forts in the woods, hunting, fishing, collecting leaves, and generally thriving on constant outdoor activity. One of the primary goals of his blog is to get people, especially young ones, to have fun and spend time outside!

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