Welcome to the Conservation Education newsletter from the Nebraska Forest Service! Each month receive CE tips, updates on new opportunities, and see what workshops we have coming up around the state.


Join the U.S. Green Building Council Nebraska Flatwater Community for their 3rd Annual Green Schools Roundtable on Thursday, August 1st at Carol Joy Holling Center in Ashland, NE.

This is a great time to gather among your peers to get in a green schools state of mind for the 2019-20 school year. You will learn how to engage your schools in all things green including gardens and outdoor learning, energy, water, recycling & composting, environmental quality, curriculum and more! In addition to our large group discussion that has served us well in the past, this year we are adding some break out sessions to dive further into those specific topics of interest.

Teachers, administrators, facilities managers, local businesses and nonprofits, community leaders, and green school advocates are all welcome. This will be an excellent opportunity to collect ideas and hear how your peers are working to incorporate sustainability initiatives across buildings and in the classroom. This is an opportunity to learn from each other, gather ideas for the upcoming school year, forge new collaborations, and remember there are others working as hard as you to grow green schools. You are the experts, let's learn together!

Also new this year - we have the opportunity to tour a local composting facility that is working with schools, Hillside Solutions, at 8:30 am. If you would like to attend the tour in addition to the Roundtable, please be sure to accept that option in registration. There will be no additional charge.

We encourage carpooling, so please plan ahead!

Light lunch and refreshments provided. Registration: $10. Please be prepared to answer a brief attendance survey to prepare for the conversation, registration should take 2-3 minutes of your time.



Nebraska Solar Schools is piloting a new project: 100 Solar Energy Kits for 100 Nebraska Schools, made possible through a grant from the Nebraska Environmental Trust.

Nebraska Solar Schools is offering the National Energy Education Development (NEED) Solar Energy Kits to K-12 public and non-public schools throughout Nebraska as an incentive, a convenient and fun way to incorporate more solar energy education into their Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (STEAM) programs.

The initial focus of this pilot project is on public and non-public schools in Nebraska towns and cities that have developed or plan to develop solar projects, including rooftop solar, solar farms or other installations.

Solar communities provide educational opportunities such as classroom presentations and workshops, field trips and project development in collaboration with solar experts at local utilities, solar businesses, and community colleges that offer renewable energy training programs, for example. 

All Nebraska K-12 schools are encouraged to participate in the Solar Energy Education & Development Program and to submit a request form for a NEED Solar Energy Kit. If sufficient interest is demonstrated to warrant expanding this pilot project, Nebraska Solar Schools will seek additional funding.

Teacher and student curriculum guides are available for free download and review at



Building Tomorrow Child Care Conference
Grand Island, NE
June 15

Exploring Environmental Education with Early Learners
Chalco Hills Recreation Area (Omaha)
June 22, 9:30-12:30

Green Schools Rountable
Carol Joy Holling Center (Ashland)
August 1


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