Nebraska Game and Parks Secures 3M Eco Grant for Environmental Education Trail

Nebraska Games and Parks Commission
Nebraska Games and Parks Commission
Nebraska Game and Parks Commission
Nebraska Game and Parks Commission

Lincoln, NE -(AmmoLand.com)- The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission has secured a grant to build a proposed Environmental Education Trail at Eugene T. Mahoney State Park (SP) near Ashland.

The self-guided Environmental Education Trail would be created to inform children about the interconnectedness of the natural world’s living and non-living components through interpretive signs and interactive stations that physically engage park guests and students.

The trail would be part of a proposed Environmental Education Expansion Project, an effort to improve and expand upon existing naturalist programs at the park. Mahoney SP is the coordinator for naturalist programs in the four Platte Valley State Parks, which also includes Platte River SP and Schramm Park State Recreation Area (SRA) and Louisville SRA. Mahoney SP has five full-time naturalists during the summer months and on weekends during the remainder of the year.

The goal of the $50,000 3M Eco Grant 2015 is, according to 3M, to improve science-based environmental and conservation education for youth from preschool through grade 12.

Funding will be used to partially fund a head naturalist. It also will be used to develop indoor and outdoor environmental education displays and interactive trail development featuring the area’s water, forest, animal, fauna, and air quality characteristics.

About The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission:

The mission of the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is stewardship of the state’s fish, wildlife, park, and outdoor recreation resources in the best long-term interests of the people and those resources. To accomplish that purpose, the Commission plans and implements its policies and programs efficiently and objectively; maintains a rich and diverse environment in Nebraska’s lands and waters; provides outdoor recreation opportunities; manages wildlife resources for the maximum benefit of the people; and attempts to help Nebraskans appreciate their role in the natural world.

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