Updated August 13, 2020

Raising Nebraska has reopened to the public. The health and safety of our visitors, volunteers, staff, and neighbors is our top priority.

Raising Nebraska has made a number of temporary changes to help slow the spread of COVID-19. These changes include the following:

Changing entrance to Raising Nebraska. We are currently asking visitors to enter Raising Nebraska through the northwest doors, immediately off the west parking lot. For visitors who have visited us before, this is entrance/exit, just off of the kitchen space.

Changing sign-in procedures. All visitors will be asked to sign in (first name only required) along with a phone number. The addition of a required phone number is a new change. This information will be used only in the case of contact tracing. Your phone number will not be shared with anyone other than the Central District Health Department and only if they the Health Department requests it.

Masks are Encouraged. Raising Nebraska does not require visitors to wear a mask or face shield. Our University of Nebraska staff; however, are required to wear a mask or face shield if they are within 6′ of another person.

Changes to Seating. Raising Nebraska has removed more than half of the seating in the Grain Bin Theater to comply with social distancing. We have also added signage to our permanent seating to remind people to maintain social distancing.

Changes to Exhibits. We have closed off certain components in the soils exhibit and the AgriHouse. The components contain a large number of soft surfaces which are difficult to disinfect. For the safety of our visitors, and in recommendation with the local health district, we have chosen to close off parts of these exhibits.

As with any activity during this time, there is a certain assumption of risk when visiting places like Raising Nebraska. To read the full assumption of risk statement from the University of Nebraska, please visit https://covid19.unl.edu/assumption-risk-statement


We understand that not everyone is comfortable being “out and about” during this time. Our “360 Tour” allows for a taste of the Raising Nebraska experience. Please follow us on social media (Facebook and Twitter) for information about learning opportunities that you can enjoy from home. Check out our “Teacher Resources” tab at the top of this website for additional materials we have available for those schooling from home.


We know that this has been a difficult time for everyone, in different ways. Please visit https://disaster.unl.edu/coronavirus-covid-19-resources to find resources – many of which are free – that might be of help to you or those you care about.


We look forward to welcoming you, your family, and those who love to learn about food and the families who grow it. With questions or for more information please contact Raising Nebraska at 308-385-3967 or at raisingnebraska@unl.edu