Take Advantage of Fall Education Opportunities at Nebraska Adventure Parks • Nebraskaland Magazine

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Join us at Nebraska’s Venture Parks in southeastern Nebraska for a variety of educational opportunities this fall. Daily programs are scheduled throughout the week of September; for more information, visit Schramm Education Center on Facebook.

Our event highlights include:

Celebrate the hatching day of the world’s largest common snapping turtle

Visit the Schramm Education Center in Gretna in September to celebrate the hatching day of the world’s largest common snapping turtle, Big Snap Daddy.

The turtle is estimated to be 93 years old and has lived at the aquarium for over 30 years. It celebrates its hatching day this month.

While you’re there, be sure to check out the rest of the exhibit, which includes live animals, interactive activities, and aquariums showcasing Nebraska’s natural aquatic habitats.

Take a beginner’s writing hike at the Schramm Education Center

Join Nebraska Master Naturalist, writer, and educator Jeff Lacey on a hike designed to help naturalists of all ages write and draw about the forest in a nature journal.

Whether you are a poet, visual artist or scientist, this is a great opportunity to develop your field journaling skills and celebrate the forest in a supportive community.

The hike will take place on September 10 at the Schramm Education Center. Two sessions are available, one from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and the other from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Game and Parks is hosting a new outdoor program for seniors

Seniors are invited to come participate in a new program, Wise & Wild, at Venture Parks in Nebraska on Thursdays in September.

The program is designed for seniors who love the outdoors and want to spend time in parks. Educators will share a variety of nature-related topics with indoor and outdoor activities.

The programs are from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. The timetable is as follows:

  • 1: Nebraska Turtles, at Platte River Owen Landing State Park
  • 8: Crawdad Creek, at Platte River State Park Nature Center
  • 15: Monarchs & More, in the gardens of Eugene T. Mahoney State Park Activity Center
  • 22: Birdwatching for Beginners at Platte River State Park Nature Center
  • 29: Bird Identification, at Platte River State Park Nature Center

The program is free.

Paddle at Platte River State Park on Friday nights

Complement your dinner or family night out with some outdoor time on the lake. Join us at Owen Landing at Platte River State Park to partake in your favorite paddle craft: kayak or canoe. These activities are available from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Fridays in September.

Paddling is available for all skill levels and equipment is provided. Canoeing is free on Friday evenings.

Schramm Education Center offers educational entertainment on Saturdays

Have fun learning new things at the Schramm Education Center in Gretna on Saturdays in September. The day includes three programs filled with learning for all ages.

At 11 a.m., attend Seeds of Schramm, where we’ll learn about pollinator gardens and meadows at the Schramm Education Center, then join a biologist to learn about a variety of seeds. Meet in the lobby.

At 1:00 p.m., stop by the picnic tables in the birding area to watch the kite-making session. Participants will create a kite and fly it weather permitting.

At 3:00 PM, visit the park’s geological outcrop for the Fossil Discovery Session. Visitors will investigate the outcrop and discover stories about the past and the fossils we find.

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