The adventure doesn’t stop when you walk out the doors of the Nebraska Building. New for 2015, Raising Nebraska: Outdoors is a creative outdoor presentation of Nebraska’s agricultural diversity.
A huge garden shaped like the state of Nebraska, it is stocked with a wide variety of crops, plants, trees and grasses positioned in the areas of the state in which they are prevalent. Approximately 100 feet long and 60 feet deep, the walkways through the space represent the major river systems in Nebraska.
Innovation, education and enlightenment in a unique outdoor space:
In addition to the dozens of plants, crops, trees and vegetation planted in the space, the Raising Nebraska Outdoor Experience will include a wide range of educational experiences including:
- On-site kiosks, interpretive displays and educational spaces will facilitate both instructor led classes and self-guided discovery
- Workshops and seminars will be held for school groups, community organizations, a wide range of agricultural and food producers, professional landscapers, specialty crop producers, and others
- Several editions of the popular “Backyard Farmer” television program will be shot on-location and broadcast statewide on NET Television and posted online
- Educational programs and experiences designed to leverage both the outdoor and indoor spaces at Raising Nebraska to provide a comprehensive look at Nebraska agriculture, natural resources, landscapes and food production.
The Raising Nebraska Outdoor Experience will provide year-round educational experiences including:
- Selecting the right seeds and plants for the right place, developed through genetics, genomics and plant breeding
- Using cover crops and compost to amend construction soils and reduce erosion
- Growing fruits and nuts in small spaces for urban landscapes
- Demonstrating how crop rotation and tilling practices work to protect the land in different ways in different places
- Creating opportunities for niche markets and producers to grow pumpkins, melons, edamame and other specialty crops
- Protecting our water supply and conserving it through best irrigation practices—turfgrass, native grasses, etc.
- Using innovative ways to make byproducts useful as bioenergy and biofuels—switchgrass, corn, sweet sorghum, soybeans
- Managing grasslands for food production and conservation
- Using best practices and integrated pest management to touch the earth lightly and lead our young people to become the next generation of stewards of the land
- Providing recreation, wildlife habitat and products for enjoyment in prairies, forests and rivers—Christmas trees, wine grapes, ecotourism on rivers and lakes