Bird Conservancy of the Rockies’ Nebraska family and community programs are designed for families, children, and community members living in Western Nebraska. Most programs take place at the local state parks and community centers near Scottsbluff and Chadron, NE. Recurring family programs include annual State Park Bioblitzes, Family Nature Nights, Migration Celebration, and other community outreach programs in the Nebraska Panhandle.
A BioBlitz is a citizen science event where members of the community join natural resource experts to conduct a species inventory of a natural area in a 24-hour period. BioBlitzes actively involve members of the community in a scientific endeavor that generates new knowledge and understanding. Bird Conservancy has facilitated annual BioBlitzes at Wildcat Hills State Park and Chadron State Park since 2016. Join this fun program and help us discover Nebraska’s biodiversity! Events include engaging sessions ran over the course of two days (Friday evening and Saturday morning), and can include bird surveys, bat surveys, insect surveys, wildflower walks, tree surveys, reptile surveys and more!
Family Nature Clubs
Family Nature Club is a monthly program for family groups to encourage participants to discover the wonders of nature. Each month, a different program will be presented with interactive nature explorations and outdoor skills activities. Each family group will receive their own Exploration Kit to use during the series to investigate the nature around them and to compete in challenges at home between sessions. The 2021-2022 monthly sessions will take place from 10-11 am MST at the Elks Shelter at Riverside Park in Scottsbluff, NE. Sessions will take place December 4, January 8, February 5, March 5, April 2, May 7 and June 4. To register for upcoming Family Nature Club sessions, please visit the Events Calendar.
May is when Nebraska celebrates International Migratory Bird Month! Bird Conservancy facilitates a Migration Celebration event as part of the statewide celebrations. The Migration Celebration will be held at Chadron State Park during a weekend in May. Family fun will include bird related activities, beginning bird hikes, and more!
FAMILY NATURE NIGHTS
Bird Conservancy partners with local Nebraska natural resource organizations to bring a “nature fair” styled Family Nature Night to your school, church, or community center. Family Nature Nights are two hour programs held in the evening that allow the whole family to speak with biologists, play games, create take home crafts, and participate in activities designed to share the wonder of Nebraska’s natural resources!