Raising Nebraska offers programs for visiting classes of all ages, conducted by a full-time University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension professionals. These two-hour programs allow learners to experience Raising Nebraska while diving deeper into Nebraska agriculture through hands-on education.
The program fees start at $2.00 per participant.
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Pre-Kindergarten – 2nd Grade
Agriculture All Round Me
Agriculture is everywhere – not just in the fields. Participants will explore the AgriHouse to see and touch all of the different ways they see agriculture in their daily life.
Seed in a Bag
Participants will get to take home a “seed in a bag” after learning about the plant life cycle and what plants need to thrive.
Monsters Don’t Eat Broccoli
Based on the book by the same name, this experience will help young learners understand the importance of fruits and vegetables in their diet. This experience also includes a read-aloud of the book and a snack based on the book.
Participants will learn about wiggly-squiggly worms, but also the important role that worms play in soil health. This activity does use live worms.
3rd Grade – 5th Grade
Using mapping skills and handheld GPS devices, participants will learn the basics of GPS and go on a scavenger hunt using GPS Data.
This national program, developed by Nebraska Extension, partners the Positive Youth Development model with life skill development and decision-making philosophy to instill in youth participants invaluable confidence and communication skills necessary to make responsible decisions and develop the internal strength to resist risky behaviors such as tobacco, alcohol, e-cigarette/vaping and drug use.
Geography of Nebraska
There are few other places where you can walk from one end of Nebraska to the other in a few seconds. Here at Raising Nebraska, we not only use our walkable map to help teach physical geography, we use our map to look at human settlement and environmental geography.
This tasty experience POPS! Literally. Nebraska is Number 1 in popcorn production. Learners will get to see, smell, and taste popcorn while learning about the science behind the pop – and why some corn does NOT pop.
6th Grade – 8th Grade
Maps are Wrong?!
Every map is created for a purpose, but not every map can accurately answer the questions we have. Participants will learn about different map projections, plat maps, and road maps. They will then use these maps to solve questions about the world around them.
Make Your Pizza
Each participant will make their own pizza while learning where the ingredients come from. Vegetarian options are included. Should learners need gluten-free or vegan options, this will need to be specified at the time of making program reservations.
This national program, developed by Nebraska Extension, partners the Positive Youth Development model with life skill development and decision-making philosophy to instill in learners confidence and communication skills necessary to make responsible decisions and develop the internal strength to resist risky behaviors such as tobacco, alcohol, e-cigarette/vaping and drug use.
Agriculture is more than Farming
Yes! Agriculture IS more than Farming. Using the resources at Raising Nebraska, learners will explore careers in the agriculture sector. The careers covered in this experience include manufacturing, computer programming, engineering, marketing, and supply chain.
9th Grade – 12th Grade
Using ESRI data, participants will use historical data to look at modern communities and neighborhoods. Learners will then transition to their communities and decide where theoretical new businesses should or should not go based on mapping data.
Who knew chemistry could taste so good – or so bad! Using the scientific method, learners will experiment with cookie ingredients and taste for themselves the successes or failures that can happen when ingredients are left out.
Blockchain and NFTs Coming Summer of 2023
Blockchain is a phrase that seems to be everywhere, but what does it really mean? Agriculture was one of the first adapters of blockchain technology. Hands-on activities will help learners with the concepts of blockchain and how it applies to everything from supply chain, biosecurity, and even NFTs. This is a great program for those interested in finance, agriculture, art, and/or entrepreneurship.
Using research and activities published in the Journal of Chemical Engineering, learners will make their own bioplastics. This is not your typical bioplastics lesson. We will be upcycling food waste products, like orange peels and coffee grounds, to make plastics. We will also be talking about the structure of polymers and sustainability in the plastics lifecycle.
Most of the programs listed above can be scaled up or scaled down in age. This allows all homeschoolers to cover the same topics, but on a level that is appropriate to their learning level.
Programs can be customized based on the needs of the learners and the educational objectives and outcomes. To learn more about these opportunities, please contact Experience Coordinator, Sarah Polak, at 308-385-3967 or by e-mail at email@example.com
Special Education Classes
Raising Nebraska’s facilities are fully mobility accessible. Most topics listed above can be scaled up or scaled down to meet learners needs. Staff at Raising Nebraska want the experience here to be a positive one and may ask questions about the fine motor skills of participants and/or triggers (strobe lights, loud noises, smells) to insure that all can participate fully and in a meaningful way. Programs can be customized based on the needs of the learners and the educational objectives and outcomes.
Our cooking programs are customized based on season and group. These engaging programs help with occupational and physical therapy skills for learners.
To learn more about these opportunities, please contact Experience Coordinator, Sarah Polak, at 308-385-3967 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org