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Catch these Game and Parks education events in July

LINCOLN, Neb. – Nebraska Game and Parks Commission educators have scheduled a month full of interesting and engaging events for educators and the curious in July. Here are a few opportunities:

Virtual Project WILD and Aquatic WILD educator workshop is July 6

LINCOLN, Neb. – A virtual Project WILD and Project Aquatic WILD educator workshop, hosted by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, is scheduled for July 6 at 9 a.m.

Project WILD and Project Aquatic WILD teach lessons such as life cycles, habitats, wildlife populations, biodiversity, land management, and human-wildlife interactions. Project WILD focuses on terrestrial habitats while Aquatic WILD focuses on aquatic habitats.

The free Project WILD workshops, for formal and informal educators, provide training for both Project WILD and Aquatic WILD guides. Participants will receive both the Project WILD and Aquatic WILD guides and can expect to learn content knowledge and skills to implement activities into their settings.

Registration is required and can be completed by emailing monica.macoubrie@nebraska.gov.

Growing Up WILD Educator Workshop set for July 13 in Kearney

LINCOLN, Neb. – A Growing Up WILD educator workshop, which provides an early foundation for developing positive attitudes and behaviors about nature and lifelong social and academic skills, is scheduled for July 13 at 6 p.m. at the Kearney Public Library.

This award-winning early childhood curriculum guide is for educators of children ages 3-7. The guide builds on children’s sense of wonder about nature by providing age appropriate, interdisciplinary lessons. Each thematic lesson includes multiple activities which teach math, reading, letter recognition, science, social studies as well as social-emotional skills.

Registration is required and can be completed at apps.outdoornebraska.gov/WildlifeEduEvents. For more information, email green.holly0204@gmail.com.

Spectacular Stars, Magnificent Moths event is July 17

LINCOLN, Neb. – Join the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission and Northern Prairies Land Trust to discover the world of nighttime insects during the Spectacular Stars, Magnificent Moths virtual event at 7 p.m. July 17.

The free event, which coincides with Moth Week, will show how plants and wildlife depend on nocturnal insects and how they all depend on humans to minimize light pollution. There is no better place to appreciate this relationship than at Merritt Reservoir, renowned for its dark skies and spectacular stars.

See the calendar event entry at calendar.outdoornebraska.gov for the registration link. For more information, email jamie.bachmann@nebraska.gov or check out the Facebook pages for Nebraska Wildlife Education or Northern Prairies Land Trust.

Project WILD and Aquatic WILD educator workshop July 17 in Kearney

LINCOLN, Neb. – A Project WILD and Project Aquatic WILD educator workshop, hosted by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, is scheduled for July 17 at 10 a.m. at the Kearney Public Library.

Project WILD and Project Aquatic WILD teach lessons such as life cycles, habitats, wildlife populations, biodiversity, land management, and human-wildlife interactions. Project WILD focuses on terrestrial habitats while Aquatic WILD focuses on aquatic habitats.

The free Project WILD workshops, for formal and informal educators, provide training for both Project WILD and Aquatic WILD guides. Participants will receive both the Project WILD and Aquatic WILD guides and can expect to learn content knowledge and skills to implement activities into their settings.

Register at apps.outdoornebraska.gov/WildlifeEduEvents. Contact For more information or questions please email green.holly0204@gmail.com for more information.

Dig into the past July 20 at Nebraska Nature Nerd Night: Life in the Past Lane

LINCOLN, Neb. – Nebraska Game and Parks Commission science educators will dig into the past with a virtual event Life in the Past Lane: Discovering Nebraska’s Prehistoric Creatures at 7 p.m. July 20.

Shane Tucker, a highway paleontologist with the University of Nebraska State Museum and the Nebraska Department of Transportation, will be the guest.

Discover how Tucker studies fossils as a means to travel through time, uncovering prehistoric landscapes and learning about the diversity of life that has walked, crawled and flown over Nebraska through time.

The event is part of the monthly Nebraska Nature Nerd Night virtual series for curious adults. These webinars, on the third Tuesday of each month, explore the secrets and science of nature in through storytelling and conversation.

Registration is required. See the calendar event entry at calendar.outdoornebraska.gov for the registration link. Questions for the guest may be submitted during registration.

For more information, email monica.macoubrie@nebraska.gov.

Conservation Career Chat: Public information officer/NEBRASKAland photographer

LINCOLN, Neb. – Join the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission on July 21 in its series of virtual Conservation Career Chats. Julie Geiser will discuss her duties as a public information officer and Nebraskaland Magazine photographer.

Geiser, who lives in North Platte, covers west-central Nebraska as regional editor of Nebraskaland. She also organizes education and outreach regarding outdoor skills.

The series is held via Zoom on the third Wednesday of each month at 10 a.m. Central time as a different Game and Parks career is highlighted. Each interview will be recorded and uploaded to the Nebraska Game and Parks Education YouTube Channel.

See the calendar event entry at calendar.outdoornebraska.gov for the registration link as well as a schedule of future Conservation Career Chats.

For more information, contact monica.macoubrie@nebraska.gov or check out the Nebraska Wildlife Education Facebook Page.

Wonders of Wetlands Educator Workshop is July 22

LINCOLN, Neb. – Join the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission for the Wonders of Wetlands Educator Workshop at 9 a.m. July 22 at Lincoln’s Pioneers Park Nature Center.

These diverse habitats can be found across Nebraska, and they are a fantastic tool for teaching about our state’s aquatic spaces.

This curriculum is for formal and informal educators of grades K through 12. Participants will gain resources through the Project WET curriculum that will help define wetlands, their functions, their role as a habitat, and how people are active in them. Come learn new skills and ways to implement wetland-based activities in and out of the classroom.

Registration is required and can be completed at apps.outdoornebraska.gov/WildlifeEduEvents.

Educator workshop will focus on Beginning Nature Journaling

LINCOLN, Neb. – Join Nebraska Game and Parks Commission science educators for a Beginning Nature Journaling Educator Workshop at 6 p.m. July 29 at the Spring Creek Prairie Audubon Center in Denton.

Participants will learn about nature journals, discuss the types of observations, and talk about the importance of data collecting and how it relates to Nebraska and good science communication.

This free workshop is for formal and informal educators who want to start nature journaling to use the information in their classrooms or with their students. Participants will receive a nature journal, nature prompt book, literature, and some few basic art supplies. Participants must attend the entire class to receive these resources.

Registration is required and can be completed at apps.outdoornebraska.gov/WildlifeEduEvents. Contact monica.macoubrie@nebraska.gov for more information.

About Jerry Kane

Jerry Kane is the news manager with the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. He can be contacted at jerry.kane@nebraska.gov or 402-471-5008.

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