Wetlands of Nebraska: An Outreach and Education Project
January 2020 - March 2023
- Kevin Pope, Principal Investigator
- Michael Forsberg, Co-Principal Investigator
- Michael Farrell, Co-Principal Investigator
- Mariah Lundgren, Staff
- Nebraska Game and Parks Commission
Informing people about Nebraska’s wetland resources and the important services these systems provide is a keystone to continuing to develop and refine our state’s wetland program. The main objective of this project was to produce and distribute a series of integrated outreach and education products to increase awareness of the importance of wetlands in Nebraska and an understanding of the need for wetland conservation. The products include:
--Five feature films about Nebraska’s wetlands and the wildlife and people that depend on them--- Sandhills, Playas, Saline, Riverine, and Urban. The films were produced by the talented Platte Basin Timelapse team at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and will take you on a journey across Nebraska. You will meet some interesting characters and will get a chance to see some scenes and wildlife that few people get to experience.
--A shorter overview film.
--Five ESRI StoryMaps---Sandhills, Playas, Saline, Riverine, and Urban.
--An updated Guide to Nebraska’s Wetlands and their Conservation Needs publication.
--A new booklet for kids entitled Wetlandology.
--Two educational videos about plant adaptations and animal engineers that were developed specifically for classroom use.
--An educator guide to the products and paired lesson plans for the educational videos are nearing completion and will be shared soon.
These products provide up-to-date information about Nebraska’s wetlands, which is aligned with the Nebraska Statewide education standards and delivers information in a format that is favorable to today’s audiences.
Partners on the project include Nebraska Game and Parks Commission’s award-winning NEBRASKAland Magazine (outdoornebraska.gov), the Platte Basin Timelapse (PBT) group at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, and Ducks Unlimited.