Program Guide


This guide will direct you to Lincoln, Nebraska's many FUNdamental facilities, programs, classes, and events during the fall of 2023. Covering everything from free community events, and fitness classes to programs for kids, adults, and people with special needs- this guide will show how to have a great fall and winter at our 137 parks, 172 miles of trails, 93 playgrounds, six recreation centers, five golf courses, five dog runs, four disc golf courses, various public garden spaces, and a nature center.


Directors Message

Maggie Stuckey-Ross

As the winter chill settles in, I want to take a moment to express my heartfelt appreciation. Our amazing, dedicated staff has shown unwavering commitment, ensuring our facilities and programs remain welcoming havens for the community. Your hard work and passion truly shine, even amidst the frosty landscapes. THANK YOU for all you do!

To the incredible community of Lincoln, your continued support and enthusiasm for our work fuels our determination to provide exceptional experiences. Your presence warms our hearts, and we're grateful for your ongoing connection with nature.

Speaking of nature, let's embrace the beauty of the season! Winter graces our parks with a unique charm—frost-kissed landscapes and serene vistas. Spend some time outside this holiday season! Let's celebrate this enchanting time and relish the outdoor wonders it brings because before we know it, spring will be here in all its glory.

Thank you all for being a part of our Parks & Recreation family. Your contributions make our work come alive, and together, we create lasting memories. Let's cherish this winter season and the joy it brings.

Get out, be active, and have fun! We'll see you in the parks!


Maggie Stuckey-Ross, Director


Rentals & Registration


Reservations are online at (keyword: reservation). Payment must be paid online or sent to the office for completion of reservation. Requests for refunds are subject to a $25 service charge and must be made at least seven working days prior to the reservation date.

Note: Rain, cold, heat, or bugs are not an automatic cause for a refund. Each request/issue will be considered separately after a refund form has been completed.

Indoor Facilities:

Indoor/enclosed facilities available for rent include: Antelope, Auld Pavilion, Bethany, Van Dorn.

Outdoor Facilities:

Outdoor picnic shelters and group picnic table locations are also available for rent.

Wedding Locations:

Numerous park settings are available to reserve for your ceremony: Antelope Park Bandshell, Auld Pavilion, Hazel Abel Park, Stransky Park, Sunken Gardens, Iron Horse Park, Oak Lake Island, Bowling Lake, Veterans Memorial Garden, Government Square Park, Holmes Lake, Hamann Rose Garden at Antelope Park, and the Union Plaza Amphitheater.

Special Use:

Planning a concert or community event? Rent spaces like Centennial Mall, Tower Square, Union Plaza Amphitheater, or the Antelope Park Bandshell. Additional paperwork is required for special use events, please contact the reservations desk for more information.

For more information please contact the reservations desk, Administration building, 3131 “O” Street, Suite 300, call (402) 441-7847, OPT. 0 during regular business hours, or email


Our center facilities are available to rent for your reunion, birthday party, meeting, or event. Some rentals include use of game room with foosball, pool, bumper pool, table tennis, and shuffleboard! Call any center for more information or to book your event.


The auditorium is great for birthday parties, group meetings, and company retreats. (402) 441-7895 for more information.



Holmes Golf Course Clubhouse Looking for a special place for a wedding, reception, or party? Whatever the occasion, it’s your time to shine and Holmes Golf Course has a great banquet room for rental at very competitive pricing. The banquet room with a full bar accommodates 140 people along with outdoor lawn area that overlooks the golf course with the state capital in the distance. Contact Scott Carlson at (402) 441-8960 for more information and to schedule your event today.

For clubhouse rental information, contact the Holmes Golf Course, (402) 441-8960, or visit



Our centers facilities are available to rent for your reunion, birthday party, meeting, or event. Some rentals include use of game room with foosball, pool, bumper pool, table tennis, and shuffleboard! Call any center for more information or to book your event.


Reserve a practice court online for your basketball or volleyball team. Practice times are 55 minutes and can be scheduled up to two weeks in advance.

  • Basketball reservations are half ($15) or full ($30) court
  • Volleyball reservations half ($16) court

Contact the center where you wish to practice for additional information. Reservations can be made online at - Reserve a Court


Registration is available online for most classes and programs! Class sizes are limited, so register early!

Register for a class

Cancellations: The Department reserves the right to combine classes/programs as needed or cancel classes/programs due to insufficient enrollment. A full refund will be granted if the Department cancels the program.


Quick, affordable rentals of all your backyard favorites: badminton, bocce, croquet, horseshoes, washers, bean bag toss, ladder ball, tug-of-war, and plenty more! For more information, contact the Irving Recreation Center, (402) 441-7954

Nature Programs



Join us each month to experience the sights and sounds of the Nature Center after hours. Each hike will have a different focus. Topics may include nocturnal wildlife, astronomy, legends and storytelling, and natural history. Pre-registration is required; no drop-ins. Check-in 15 minutes prior to start time. Prairie Building $5/person

  • Friday, Jan. 19 - 5:30-7 PM
  • Friday, Feb. 16 - 6-7:30 PM
  • Friday, Mar. 1 - 6:30-8 PM


Hyde Memorial Observatory

Enjoy programs about astronomy and space exploration, learn from knowledgeable volunteers, and take a peek into the universe through telescopes. The observatory is open and free to the public Saturday nights year-round except on major holidays. The Observatory is located on the south side of Holmes Lake on South Shore Road.

  • Visit to learn about programs or to become a volunteer.
  • Saturdays October 1st-March 14th, 7-10 PM
  • Saturdays March 15th-August 31st, Sundown-11 PM
  • Saturdays in September, 8-11 PM


Every spring the Nature Center invites our friends and visitors to help do some spring cleaning in our gardens and along trails. All are welcome, children may volunteer with an accompanying adult. All volunteers (or accompanying parent/guardian) must sign the Lincoln Parks and Rec volunteer waiver form. Tasks will include physical labor, walking trails, using garden tools, and other outdoor tasks. No prior experience necessary. Please register by April 19, if you plan to attend. 

  • Saturday, Apr. 20 - 1-3 PM
  • Meet at Prairie Building
  • Free to attend.



Two badges, one event! Earn the Hiker and Bugs badges during this nature program. We'll prep, plan, and go for a hike while also learning to use our senses to explore and investigate the natural world around us.

Register at Girl Scouts Spirit of Nebraska,

  • Saturday, May 11 - 10 AM-NOON



Merit badge classes and service projects are available upon request.

  • $5/scout for 1.5 hour program
  • 10-person minimum



Open to the public. There will be a short business meeting and a presentation by Joshua Wiese, Range Manager at the Crane Trust in Wood River, NE.

  • Saturday, Jan. 27 - 9-11 AM



Prairie to Prairie logo

This event is a 5K run at the Nature Center followed by a 15-mile bike ride on gravel roads to the Spring Creek Prairie Audubon Center for another 5K run. Tackle this challenging event on your own or form a team! At the conclusion of the race, there will be a celebration onsite at Spring Creek Prairie with food and drink available for purchase. Event starts at 8:30 a.m. Registrations before May 8 will receive a commemorative T-shirt!

This fundraising event is made possible through partnership with Lincoln Parks and Recreation, Lincoln Parks Foundation, Solidago Conservancy, and Spring Creek Prairie Audubon Center.

Pre-registration is required and more information will be coming soon.

  • Sunday, May 19



Join us for the Great Backyard Bird Count, a community science event. Each year people all over the world participate to watch, learn, count, and celebrate birds. The Great Backyard Bird Count is great for birders of all levels. We'll meet at the Chet Ager Building, watch the feeders, and then head out for a hike, weather permitting.

Register by Wednesday, Feb. 14.

  • Saturday, Feb. 17 - 9 AM
  • Chet Ager Building
  • Suggested Donation $5



Witness the greatest migration in Nebraska as we visit the largest Sandhill Crane roost in the world! Ride along with Pioneers Park Nature Center's Naturalist and Coordinator to the Crane Trust Nature and Visitor Center, near Alda, for a private blind viewing. Experience the sights and sounds of thousands of Sandhill Cranes as their evening roost. There will be a stop at Mormon Island State Recreation Area for wildlife watching and a light meal. Participants should dress for the outdoors, bring binoculars, cameras, and other recording equipment. Binoculars are available to borrow. There will be a ¼-mile walk from the bus to the blind in low light over uneven terrain.

Space is limited to 24 participants. Registration will be announced later. Group departs from Auld Pavilion in Antelope Park. *$50 cancellation fee, if the participant cancels.

  • Date and Time TBD
  • Meet at PPNC
  • Ages 12+
  • $120/person*



May is Migratory Bird Month and May 12th is Mother's Day. Let's celebrate both with a bird walk at the Nature Center. This program will include a slow walk in the wetland and woodland areas looking and listening for springtime birds. Bring your own binoculars or request to borrow a pair from the Nature Center.

Register by May 9.

  • Sunday, May 12 - 9-11 AM
  • Prairie Building
  • $5/person

Free Programs

Play in the Parks

Free Movement Classes

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Woods Park, 3131 O Street, near playground.

  • Apr. 2 - May 31
  • Tuesdays and Thursdays - 10:30-11:30 AM
  • Fridays - 9:00-11:00 AM

Additional equipment is provided. Bring water bottle and hand sanitizer. Classes are sponsored by AARP Nebraska. 

Adult Fitness Classes

Increase flexibility, find balance, and tone with these small group classes. The meditation classes will practice focusing on awareness of inward experiences. At the F Street Community Center, 1225 F Street.

  • Yoga - Tuesdays, Noon-12:45 PM
  • Beginning Meditation - Thursdays, 6-7 PM

Veterans Memorial Garden Programs


3200 Veterans Memorial Drive, Antelope Park

2024 Programs

  • Memorial Day - May 27, time TBD
  • Bricks of Honor Annual Dedication - June 8, 10 AM
  • Patriot Day - September 11, time TBD
  • Veterans Day - November 11, 11:00 AM, Auld Pavilion
  • Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day - December 7, 11:55 AM, Auld Pavilion

For more information about the Advisory Council, events, the garden including honorary monuments, visit

Pickleball and Tennis


Visit for additional information.

Outdoor Courts

  • Ballard Park, 66th & Kearney St.
  • Cooper Park, S 6th St & D St
  • Eden Park, 46 Antelope Creek Rd
  • Henry Park, S. 44th & Prescott Ave.
  • Mahoney Park, 70th & Fremont St.
  • Peterson Park, 4400 Southwood Dr.
  • Roberts Park, S 56th & Sumner St
  • Roper Park (East), N. 8th & Judson St
  • Seng Park, N. 49th & Garland St
  • Tyrrell Park, N. 67th St & Baldwin Ave
  • UPCO Park, N. 40th & Adams St

Early Childhood and Preschool Programs

Lincoln Parks and Recreation preschool programs have been recognized by Nebraska Step Up to Quality for their commitment to quality childcare and education. Step Up to Quality programs go beyond state licensing requirements to better serve the needs of young children and their families and to prepare them for success in kindergarten and beyond. 

Learn more at:



Pioneers Park Nature Center

(402) 441-7895
Established in 2000, Nature Preschool is a play-based program in which children learn by doing: hiking, climbing, digging, building, and being outdoors. The curriculum is built around children’s curiosity of the natural world while incorporating social emotional skills, problem solving, language, literacy, and math concepts to prepare for kindergarten and beyond. We believe that early childhood is a time for discovery, a time to enjoy the many miracles of the natural world such as: the colors of fall prairie grass, the texture of a snake's skin, the call of chorus frogs, the smell of plum blossoms, and the feel of cool, damp soil.

Nature Preschool and PreK

Registration opens March 1, 2024

  • Preschool - Ages 3-4
    • September 3, 2024 - May 15, 2025
    • Tuesday and Thursday, 9:00 - 11:30 AM
    • $110/mo.
  • PreK - Ages 4-5
    • September 4, 2024 - May 16, 2025
    • Morning:  Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 9:00 - 11:30 AM
    • Afternoon:  Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 12:45 - 3:15 PM
    • $160/mo.


Calvert Recreation Center

(402) 441-8480.

Calvert Recreation Center has offered programs and activities for preschool-age children since the center opened in 1989. At Little Sprouts Preschool children learn about nature and the world around them in an urban setting while learning other skills for school success.

Little Sprouts preschool curriculum is planned based on the children’s interests and discoveries, incorporating activities that support children in developing skills for school readiness. Little Sprouts is focused on music, art, outdoor exploration, and other fun early childhood activities to help support the learning and development of children ages 3-5.

Little Sprouts Preschool

  • Program starts Sept. 4, 2024
  • 5 day:  Monday-Friday, 9:00 - 11:30 AM, $166/mo.
  • 3 day:  Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, 9:00 - 11:30 AM, $97/mo.
  • 2 day:  Tuesday and Thursday, 9:00 - 11:30 AM, $69/mo.


Summer Day Camps



Summer Day Camps are all about creating memories, exploring new adventures, making friends, and celebrating being a kid. Our camps are for kids who have completed K-7 grade and who want to PLAY all summer long. Our camps have a wide curriculum of activities to keep campers moving and more importantly having fun with their friends. Every week campers will experience field trips, swimming, arts & crafts, active games, and so much more.

Call the camp location or (402) 441-7952 for more information.

  • Monday-Fridays
  • June 3 - August 9, 2024, 7 AM-5:30 PM
  • No camp on June 19 and July 4, 2024
  • $156 weekly ($125/4-day weeks)
Location Grades Call for info:
Air Park 4900 Mike Scholl Dr.   K-5 (402) 441-7876
Belmont   1234 Judson St. K-5 (402) 441-6789
Calvert 4500 Stockwell K-5 (402) 441-8480
Irving 2010 Van Dorn St. K-7 (402) 441-7954
McPhee**   820 Goodhue K-5   (402) 441-7952

** McPhee will not have camp Aug. 5-9.

Need-based scholarships available. 

All sites accept DHHS Child Care Subsidy (Title XX) except Irving.


For youth currently in 6th-9th grades. Need-based scholarships available. 

No camp on June 19 and July 4, 2024

  • Monday-Friday
  • June 3 - August 9, 7:30 AM-3:00 PM
  • F. St Community Center
  • $65/week ($53/4-day week)
  • $10 registration deposit


Gain important job skills while having fun assisting Summer Day Camp staff with daily operations! Schedule will vary based on individual leader's availability. 

No camp on June 19 and July 4, 2024.

  • Monday-Friday
  • May 31 - August 6, 7:30 AM-4:30 PM
  • Irving and Calvert
  • $40/week
  • Participant must apply, complete an interview, and be selected for this opportunity.
  • Contact the center directly for more information. 

two young girls and an adult in a red canoe

2024 Nature Camps Registration Opens January 22, 2024.

Nature Day Camp is designed to inspire a sense of wonder and build understanding by providing outdoor experiences under the guidance of caring staff.


A half-day camp for children ages 3–6 to learn about the world around them. Camp activities and experiences are planned around seasonal changes and happenings at the Nature Center. Children have time to explore and investigate, play with others in a social setting, and express themselves through arts and crafts. Come prepared to be outdoors, get dirty, and have fun!

  • During the weeks of June 3-6, June 10-13, June 24-27, July 8-11, July 15-18, July 22-25.
  • Mondays- Thursdays 9:00-11:30 AM
  • $110/4-day week
  • Children must be potty trained & able to use an adult-sized toilet on their own.
  • Prairie Building Classrooms
  • $25 deposit due at time of registration


Explorer Nature Camp is for children who have completed kindergarten but who have not yet entered 6th grade.

Activities include hikes, creek exploration, pond investigations, archery, fishing, arts and crafts, and more. Participants will be outside most of each day and will need to bring a lunch, water bottle, and an extra change of clothes and closed-toe shoes daily. Guest presenters, special activities, and off-site (field trip) experiences also occur throughout the summer.

No camp on June 19th.

  • During the weeks of June 3 - 28, July 15 - Aug. 2
  • Monday-Friday, 8 AM-5:30 PM
  • $210/week
  • Lynn Johnson Nature Education Building
  • $25 deposit due at time of registration


Youth who have completed 6th grade but who have not yet entered 9th grade will be immersed in outdoor learning and leadership-building experiences in Navigators Nature Camp.

The camp includes outdoor recreation activities such as canoeing, archery, fishing, and hiking. Participants will also explore nature to learn about various habitats, native andinvasive species, and build on their understanding of conservation and environmental issues. Guest presenters are incorporated into the Navigators' experience. Participants will be outside most of each day and will need to bring a lunch, water bottle, and an extra change of clothes and closed-toe shoes daily.

  • July 8 - 12
  • 8:00 AM – 5:30 PM
  • $205/week
  • Lynn Johnson Nature Education Building
  • $25 deposit due at time of registration.

LPS Breaks don't slow down nature campers!

Register now for School's Out days!

Hike, explore, and adventure at the Pioneers Park Nature Center. Campers will be outside most of each day, weather permitting, and will need to bring a sack lunch, water bottle, and an extra change of clothes and shoes daily. Registration is complete only when enrollment fee and Participant Info and Waiver form are received.


Students in grades K-5 can spend Spring Break hiking, exploring, and playing outdoors! Learn about ecology, wildlife, and more during this fun-filled week of day camp. Campers will be outside most of each day and will need to bring a sack lunch, water bottle, and an extra change of clothes and shoes daily.

  • March 11-15
  • 8:00 AM–5:30 PM
  • Lynn Johnson Nature Education Bldg.
  • $210/week

Register for the Spring Break Nature Camp

School's Out 

A group on the trail walks through the wooded area.

When LPS is not in session, our School’s Out programs are! We offer a variety of programs for children throughout the year. Most programs include activities such as academic support, sports skills, games, arts, crafts, nature activities, cultural celebrations, stories, music, songs, social skill development and computer skills. All our programs are licensed.

Need-based scholarships are available. All locations are eligible for DHHS Childcare subsidy. For more information, visit (search: Schools Out).

Before School & After School Programs

Dates: August 14, 2023 - May 23, 2024

Before School: $155/month

After School: $161/month

   Location       Schedule         Call for info:     
Air Park 4900 Mike Scholl Dr. ASR & BSR (402) 441-7876
Belmont 1234 Judson St. ASR & BSR (402) 441-6789
Calvert 4500 Stockwell ASR & BSR (402) 441-8480
Everett 1123 "C" St. ASR only (402) 441-7952
Irving 2010 Van Dorn St. ASR only (402) 441-7954
F Street 1225 "F" St. Free Teen Drop In (6-12 Grades) (402) 441-7951
McPhee 820 Goodhue ASR & BSR (402) 441-7952

*No program PLC Tuesdays for staff training


Full days of fun recreation activities including active games and sports, crafts, and occasional field trips. Ongoing most days when LPS is not in session. Registration deposit required.

  • Belmont Recreation Center, (402) 441-6789
  • Calvert Recreation Center, (402) 441-8480
  • $33/day 
  • 2024 Dates
  • Jan. 2, 3, 4, 5
  • Feb. 16
  • Mar. 11, 12, 13, 14, 15
  • Mar. 29
  • Apr. 26


Campers pose in front of Kona Ice, enjoying a refreshing treat on a warm sunny day.

Youth must bring a sack lunch; snacks will be provided during the day. 

Extreme Teens enjoy activities like:

  • Enrichment activities
  • Community engagement
  • Independent living skills
  • Developmental assets lesson
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Physical fitness and nutrition
  • Monday - Friday Mar. 11-15, 2024
    • F Street Community Centers, 1225 F Street
    • 9 AM - 3 PM
    • $65

Strider bike event at Woods Park

Youth Programs


During after school hours at Irving Recreation Center, middle school students can participate in a variety of age appropriate, fun, and enriching activities. We encourage all students to be engaged and take advantage of the activity choices available. The Center is open exclusively to Irving students upon school dismissal until 5:30 p.m. Students are welcome to stay after 5:30 when the rec. center opens to the public. All Students must submit an After School Member Form to participate. Need-based scholarships are also available to qualifying members. **

*Open to Current Irving Middle School Students only
** Please note: There will not be a program on PLC days, recognized city holidays and election days.

  • Monday-Friday
  • Dismissal - 5:30 PM
  • $3/day, $45 for 20 visits, $350 for a year pass



Focused on building an interest in science and engineering in children, Junior FIRST LEGO League is a hands-on program designed to capture young children's curiosity and direct it toward discovering the possibilities of improving the world around them. Children will research a topic, create a poster presenting that research, build a LEGO model with at least one motorized part that addresses the topic researched, and present what they have learned to a reviewer in a non-competitive, fun, high energy environment. Fee includes instruction and t-shirt.

  • Saturdays, January 27 - March 9
  • 9-10:30 AM
  • Irving Recreation Center, 2010 Van Dorn St, Lincoln, NE 68502
  • Ages 6-9
  • $80



Learn to Ride - Balance Bike Class

Riding a bike is considered a key development milestone for children. Wheelie Good Ride Academy is providing balance bike instruction for any level rider with a focus on beginners. Lessons are once weekly for 60minutes for 5 weeks. Class will consist of team building games, and bicycle skill instruction.We’ll have several bikes available for use. Butif your little one already has a balance bike, please bring it. Helmets required.

Call 402-413-5277 for more info and to register.

  • Saturdays, dates TBD
  • 1:30 -2:30 PM
  • Irving Recreation Center, 2010 Van Dorn St., Lincoln, NE 68502
  • $30/child
  • Ages 2 - 7 (can register if participant is older) Parent/guardian is asked to accompany children.


Adaptive Programs

Recreation programs for youth and adults with intellectual & physical disabilities, and mental health diagnoses

Two people painting in a classroom environment.


Our Day Structure programs are held in a supportive, caring environment, with trained and experienced staff. We have kind and caring volunteers and community specialists who lead groups and special programs. Participants are encouraged to set personal goals and participate in a broad spectrum of programs. A few of our program offerings include: Exercise & Physical Activities, Arts & Crafts, Gardening, Theatre/Drama, Nutrition & Cooking, Leisure Education, Life Skills, Special Events/Holiday Parties, Community Outings, and much, much more! Call 402-441-7901 for more information.

Day Structure 1 is for adults with mental health diagnoses. Monday - Friday, 7:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Day Structure 2 is for adults with medical/physical diagnoses. Monday - Friday, 7:30 AM - 3:30 PM 


Evening recreation clubs meet bi-monthly. Call (402)441-7901 to sign up for weekly email updates.



Afternoon respite program. Call (402) 441-7901 for more information.

  • Beginning Wed. January 15
  • 1:00 - 4:00 PM
  • $3/day Pre-registration required
  • Saturdays, March 9-May 11
  • 1:30-4:00 PM
  • $10 one time session fee, plus $11/week
  • Hollywood Bowl, 920 N. 48 St.
  • Pre-registration required, space limited, call 402-441-7901. 

Unified Activities

  • Saturdays
  • 9:30-10:45 AM or 10:45 AM-12:00 PM
  • Session 1: Jan. 6, 13, 20
  • Session 2: Feb. 3, 10, 17
  • Session 3: Mar. 2, 9, 16
  • Session 4: Apr. 6, 13, 20
  • Session 5: May 4, 11, 18
  • Easterday Recreation Center
  • $26.75/session. Pre-registration required, call 402-441-7901.

Pre-registration required, call 402-441-7901.

  • Saturday, Jan. 27
  • Saturday, Feb. 24
  • 9:30-11:00 AM
  • $10 each class
  • Easterday Recreation Center

Prepare to cheer for Lincoln Shooting Stars' Special Olympics basketball tournaments. 11-week session.

Pre-registration required, space limited, call 402-441-7901.

  • Thursdays starting Jan. 18
  • 5-5:45 PM
  • $25 fee
  • Easterday Recreation Center

Special Olympics

Lincoln Shooting Stars Special Olympics team entering summer games opening ceremonies.

What is Unified Sports?

Dedicated to promoting social inclusion through shared sports training and competition experiences, Unified Sports joins people with and without intellectual disabilities on the same team. It was inspired by a simple principle: training together and playing together is a quick path to friendship and understanding.

In Unified Sports, teams are made up of people of similar age and ability, which makes practices more fun and games more challenging and exciting for all. Having sports in common is just one more way that preconceptions and false ideas are swept away. Our opponent is intolerance. Only shoulder-to-shoulder, as teammates together, can we defeat it. Join and take your place alongside the rest of our global game-changers today.

The Lincoln Shooting Stars team offers opportunities for Unified Sports in basketball, bocce, bowling, flag football, golf, soccer, swimming, track, and volleyball. If you are interested in participating as a Unified Partner in any of these sports, we would love to hear from you!


Call (402) 441-7901 to register or email Darcia Cole,


  • Sundays November-March
  • 12:30-1:30 PM: Individual/Level A Skills, Half Court Practice
  • 1:30-2:30 PM: Full Court Practice & Unified Team Practice
  • Irving Rec Center, 2010 Van Dorn St.
  • Saturday February-May
  • 9-10:30 AM
  • Easterday Rec Center, 6130 Adams St.
Track & Field
  • Sundays, begin March 5
  • 1:15-2:45 PM
  • Lincoln High School track, 2229 J St.



  • Saturdays, December-May
  • Youth Swim (ages 8-21) 1:45 - 2:45 PM
  • Adult Swim (ages 22+) 12:30 - 1:45 PM
  • Lincoln Southwest High School

Young Athletes

A sport and play program for children with and without intellectual disabilities, ages 2-7 years old. 

Young Athletes introduces basic sprot skills, like running, kicking, and throwing. The program offers families, teachers, caregivers, and people from the community the chance to share the joy of sports with all children.

  • Tuesdays, starting January 16
  • 6-6:45 PM
  • Easterday Recreation Center, 6130 Adams St.



Lessons available for all ages and skill levels. Offered at most pools. Schedules vary by location. 

Registration dates will be announced later. Check for more information.


Morning Sessions - Monday-Thursday (2 weeks)
  • Session 1: June 3 - 13
  • Session 2: June 17 - 27 *No class June 19
  • Session 3: July 8 - 18
  • $60
Evening Sessions - Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday (3 weeks)
  • Session 1: June 3 - 21 *No class June 19
  • Session 2: July 8 - 26
  • $60
Saturday Mornings (6 weeks)
  • Session: June 8 - July 13
  • $60



Introduction to competitive swimming and diving for 6-18 year olds.

  • Monday-Friday
  • June 3 - July 19
Dive Meets
  • Thursdays
  • June 13, 20, 27, July 11
  • All City Dive Meet: July 19
Swim Meets
  • Saturdays
  • June 15, 22, 29, July 6
  • All City Swim Meet: July 19, 20




Swim with the entire family at various neighborhood pools

  • May 28 - August 9
  • 6-8 PM
  • $10/family
  • Locations vary on day
    • Monday: Belmont
    • Tuesday: Eden
    • Wednesday: Irvingdale
    • Thursday: Ballard
    • Friday: Arnold Heights and Woods



*The Aquatics Office does not manage the Trago Spray ground. For Information about this facility, contact or call 402-221-7847.

  • May 27 - September 4
  • 11 AM-7 PM
  • FREE
  • N. 22nd & U Streets



  • August 11
  • Time TBD
  • Star City Shores, 4375 S. 33rd St.



Pools are available for family and group events. 1.5 hour rental time is usually after closing. Requests can be made after May 27. Call the pool or the Aquatics Office for more information.

Team Sports

Group up with family, friends, and coworkers to have fun with these fall sports.

Contact our Team Sports office at (402) 441-7892 or visit their online registration system at



Must be 18 years old & out of high school. All Adult Team fees are subject to state sales tax.


Teams will play a six and eight-game regular season and a double-elimination tournament. Games vary in night and location according to league and class. 

  • Registration Dates: Feb. 12 - Mar. 31
  • Fee varies by league. Visit website or call Athletics office for additional information.
  • Season Dates: days vary by division.
    • Mens: Sunday-Friday
    • Womens - Wednesday
    • Coed - Tuesday, Friday, Sunday
    • Church Mens - Monday
  • Games begin mid-April



We are offering a FREE clinic in late March for those interested in umpiring. For more information call 402-441-7892 or email Monica Manning at

  • Ongoing
  • Free
  • Trainings in late March/April


Youth Team Sports



Official 5-on-5 flag program of the National Football League. 10-person teams are assigned a volunteer coach and organized by friend requests and geographic areas. Players receive an official NFL Flag Football jersey. Practices determined by coach. Games held at Lewis Ballfields.

  • Registration Dates
    • Regular: January 2 - February 5
    • Late: February 6-12
  • Fees:
    • Regular: $90/first child, $85/additional child
    • Late: $100/first child, $95/additional child
  • Season Dates: March 18 - May 2
  • Divisions, Day/Time: K-1, 2-3, 4-5, 6-8
    • Days/Time TBD



Play 4-on-4 spring volleyball in a lowkey, developmental and instructional environment. Players receive a program shirt. 8-person teams are assigned a volunteer coach and organized by friend requests and geographic areas. Games at Belmont or Calvert Recreation Center. 6-game season.

  • Registration Dates: January 2 - February 12 
  • Fees: $50/first child, $45/additional child 
  • Season Dates: Mid-March - Early May
  • Divisions, Day/Time: K-1, 2-3, 4-5
    • Games on Satuday AM



This Nebraska Recreation and Park Association program is a low-key, grass-roots competiton for youth to showcase their skills. Top four finishers in 8-yr old and above qualify for the state meet in June! Track shoes or turf shoes with rubber cleats are not permitted. No starting blocks.

  • Registration Dates: April 1 - May 1 
  • Fees: FREE
  • Season Dates: TBD
  • Divisions, Day/Time: Boys/Girls divisions
    • Ages as of January 1, 2024: 6, 7, 8-9, 10-11, 12-13

Now Hiring officials

Get paid $24 per game!

  • Youth: Flag Football • Basketball
  • Officials must be 16yrs+
  • Adult : Basketball •Volleyball •Softball •Kickball
  • Officials must be 18yrs+

For more info and to apply: (402)


As they say, "Practice makes perfect". Lincoln Parks and Recreation provides opportunities for both youth and adults to be part of an organized team sport all year round. Get your friends, neighbors, and coworkers together to play!

Our practice facilities offer various locations where your youth or adult sports team may practice. Reservations for indoor and outdoor facilities may be done online at


Amenities vary depending on location. View locations, availability, and reserve your practice field or court online.


  • $15/half court, $30/full court per 55 minutes.
  • Locations: Air Park, Belmont, Calvert, Easterday, F Street, Irving


  • $16/full court per 55 minutes.
  • Locations: Air Park, Belmont, Calvert, Easterday, F Street, Irving


Amenities vary depending on location.

Baseball/Softball Practice Fields:

Gold Ball Fields

  • $25 per hour
  • Premiere ball field locations with agri-lime infields and irrigated outfields.
  • Maintenance is scheduled at least twice per week.

Silver Ball Fields

  • $19 per hour
  • Excellent for both games and practice. These fields also have agri-lime infields.
  • Some fields have irrigated outfields and most have maintenance scheduled twice per week during peak use.

Bronze Ball Fields

  • $14 per hour
  • Good for team practice or a pick-up game. Some of these fields will have agri-lime infields but will not have irrigated outfields. These are scheduled for maintenance once per week during peak use.

Open/Soccer Practice Fields

  • $17 per hour
  • Open fields are great for young teams and adults.

Sand Volleyball Courts

  • $8 per hour
  • These sand courts are an ace for your team to practice their warmer season bumps and spikes. 

Woods Tennis Center

Lessons and Leagues for players ages 4+ 

  • Session 1: May 30-June 30
  • Session 2: July 6 - August 11

Scholarships available for those who qualify.



A golf instructor kneels to adjust the club of a young girl during lessons.

Highlands Golf Course

  • 5501 NW 12th St.
  • (402) 441-6081

Holmes Golf Course

  • 3701 S. 70th St.
  • (402) 441-8960

Mahoney Golf Course

  • 7900 Adams St.
  • (402) 441-8969

Pioneers Golf Course

  • 3403 W. Van Dorn
  • (402) 441-8966

Jim Ager Golf Course

  • 3761 Normal Blvd.
  • (402) 441-8963

For information about golf programming, visit

To register for programming call Ager Golf Course, 402-441-8963 or email Zac Hailey,



Five week camps designed to give young golfers a jumpstart to the season. Instruction from PGA Professionals will take kids around the course to brush up on all areas of the game and get them ready for the 2024 season! Camps at Ager.

  • Tuesdays: April 9 - May 7, 4-5 PM
  • Thursdays: April 11 - May 9, 4-5 PM



Five week league for any level of golfer who can complete 9 holes at Ager Golf Course with their own ball. Golfers compete on teams of two for weekly points. Standings are kept with winning teams & individuals winning awards at the end of the season party.

  • Saturdays: April 13 - May 11
  • Tee times starting at 10 AM


Registration includes 8 weeks of instruction, prizes, and a Youth on Course membership allowing your golfer to play at Jim Ager for only $5. 

Register for Junior Golf Camps and Leagues at


Eight weeks of golf instruction from PGA Professionals designed for youth between the ages of 4 and 6. Instruction features golf and near-golf equipment to keep young athletes engaged and having fun while learning golf. Camps at Ager.

  • Mondays: June 3 - July 22, 9-10 AM
  • Thursdays: May 30 - July 25, 10:30-11:30 AM
    • No camp July 4


Designed for the beginner golfer. Students will learn all aspects of the game utilizing the practice facilities and golf course. Camps at Ager.

  • June 3 - July 22, Mondays, 12:30-1:30 PM
  • May 28 - July 16, Tuesdays, 9-10 AM
  • May 28 - July 16, Tuesdays, 2:45-3:45 PM
  • May 29 - July 17 (GIRLS ONLY CAMP), Wednesdays, 11 AM-12 PM
  • May 30 - July 25 *no camp on July 4, Thursdays, 9-10 AM
  • May 31 - July 26 *no camp on July 5, Fridays, 11 AM-12 PM



Eight weeks of golf instruction from PGA Professionals. Students will recieve more indepth instruction and take all learned to the course in each class. Camps at Ager.

  • June 3 - July 22, Mondays, 2-3:30 PM
  • May 28 - July 16, Tuesdays, 10:30 AM-12 PM
  • May 29 - July 17, Wednesdays, 2:30-4 PM



Four week camp for the young athlete who got a late start to the golf season. Very popular among busy multi-sport athletes competing a lot in June. This camp will express junior golfers through the main areas of the game. The program is designed for any level of golfer and taught by PGA Professionals. Camp at Ager.

  • July 12 - August 2, Fridays, 9-10 AM


TEEN GOLF CAMP (Ages 13-18)

Designed for the high school or soon-to-be high school golfer, the Teen Camp meets for eight weeks at Holmes or Mahoney Golf Course. Instruction from our PGA Professional staff will teach each golfer all aspects of the game from swing technique to golf strategy.

  • May 28 - July 16, Tuesdays at Mahoney, 12:30-2 PM
  • May 29 - July 17, Wednesdays at Holmes, 12:30-2 PM


Summer-long golf leagues for any level of golfer who can complete 9 holes at Ager Golf Course.

Opportunity to play with current and future friends in a two-person team format where golfers compete against each other for points. Team standings are kept and the winning teams and individuals will be awarded prizes at the end of year party. 


  • May 29 - July 17, Wednesdays, 9 AM
  • May 31 - July 26 *No league on July 5, Fridays, 9 AM



  • May 31 - July 26 *No league on July 5, Fridays, 10 AM



  • May 29 - July 17, Wednesdays, 5:30 PM


TEEN LEAGUE  (Ages 13-18)

  • May 30 - July 25 *No league on July 4, Thursdays, 2 PM
  • Rotates Courses Each Week TBA



  • June 3 - July 22, Mondays, 10:30-11:30 AM

Wellness Programs


Indoor Walking 

Stay fit during all types of weather by walking in our comfortable gym. Call ahead for availability on non-school days.

Air Park Community Center

  • 14 lap/mi
  • Monday - Friday: 6:30 - 9:00 AM
  • $2.00

"F" Street Community Center

  • 15 lap/mi track
  • Daily
  • Free, *$3.00 outside specified hours.


Neighborhood seniors are invited to enjoy coffee and leisure activities such as walking in the gym or playing table tennis or billiards at the Air Park Community Center. 

  • Fridays, 9:30 AM
  • Free


Belmont Recreation Center

  • Sundays 5:00-10:00 PM
  • $3/1 wk, $30/13 wks
  • All ages welcome.


With Bellajhara Belly Dance Troupe. Tribal Belly Dance is an improvisational group dance consisting of five basic moves: both fast and slow in variation. Dress comfortably: yoga wear, leggings, t-shirts, or camis. No jeans please. Coin belt accessories available for use in class.

No registration needed, walk-ins welcome.

  • Beginning: Thursdays, 4-5 PM
  • Experienced: Thursdays 5-6 PM
  • Easterday Rec Center, 6130 Adams St.

FREE CLASS AND PERFORMANCE ON FEB. 10th at the Auld Pavilion.

Aging Partners

two women doing indoor yoga

Health and Fitness Center

600 S 70th St.

Monday through Friday, 8 AM - 4 PM

Cardio equipment, strength training equipment, free weights, balance, and other exercise aids are available.

  • $10 suggested monthly contribution for age 60 and over.
  • $15 fee for under age 60.

A certified personal trainer is available at no charge on Tuesdays and Thursdays BY APPOINTMENT ONLY.

For most Health and Fitness classes, there is a $4 per class suggested contribution for age 60 and over. $5 per class fee for under age 60. Preregistration is required for all classes by calling 402-441-7575. Please register early. Classes that do not have sufficient enrollment will be cancelled.


Chair Yoga

  • January 10 - March 27
    • Wednesdays, 9:30-10:30 AM
    • Eastridge Presbyterian Church, 1135 Eastridge Dr.


Dance for Life

  • January 8 - April 8
    • Mondays, 1:30-2:30 PM
    • No class January 15 & February 19
    • American Lutheran Church, 4200 Vine St.
  • January 10 - March 27
    • WED 10-11 AM
    • No class January 17
    • Auld Pavilion, 1650 Memorial Dr.


Qigong Refresh and Recharge

  • January 9 - March 26
    • Tuesdays, 10-11 AM
    • American Lutheran Church, 4200 Vine St.
  • January 11 - March 28
    • Thursdays, 1:30-2:30 PM
    • St. Mark’s United Methodist Church, 8550 Pioneers Blvd.



Living Well with Chronic Conditions Workshop

  • March 12 - April 16
  • Tuesdays, 12:30-2:30 PM
  • Victory Park, 600 S 70 St., Classroom 105




  • January 9 - March 28
  • Tuesdays/Thursdays
  • Two class options
    • 9-10 AM
    • 10:30-11:30 AM
  • Victory Park, 600 S. 70 St., Classroom 105



Caregiver Support Group

  • No registration needed – walk-ins welcome
  • 2nd Tuesday of every month 5 – 6 PM
  • St. Mark’s United Methodist Church, 8550 Pioneers Blvd., Room 137
  • Enter through door 9 on south side of St. Mark’s, turn left and go downstairs

Special Spaces



  • Antelope Triangle,
    • S. 27th & Capitol Parkway
    • Sunken Gardens
    • Hamann Rose Garden
    • Rotary Strolling Gardens
    • Daylily Garden
    • Cascade Fountain
  • Hazel Abel, 18th & E
  • Centennial Mall, 15th & K-R St
  • Union Plaza, 21st & P St



  • Beal Slough, 60th & Pine Lake Rd
  • Bethany Park Beginners Disc Golf Course, 66th & Vine
  • Roper East, Fairfield St. & N. 3rd
  • Roper West, Groveland St. & N. 8th
  • Tierra/Briarhurst Park, S 27th & HWY 2



  • Peter Pan Park, N. 32nd & W St
  • Tierra/Briarhurst Park, S 27th & HWY 2


A copper St. Bernard with a white and black spotted nose, lays down and relaxes in front of the dog themed Roper East Fence. The Fence has a Dog Runs poster.

There are four dog runs with acres of space for your canine friend to run wild. Pet-friendly drinking fountains are at Mahoney, Roper East, and Stransky. A dog rinse station is at the Stransky location.



These parks have special equipment designed for adult exercise.


two people riding horses on a trail though wilderness park

Pioneers Park offers a 2.6 mile riding experience with a variety of wide views of park space to shaded forest riding. Horses are not allowed past the arches at the Nature Center on the far west of the park.

Ride through the wooded trails in Wilderness Park. Parking lots at S. 1st St. and S. 14th St. allow horse trailers. Access also from Day Camp, Epworth parking lot, 1st, 14th, and Saltillo trailheads.



  • Arbor Lake, North of Interstate 80 along N. 27th street
  • Frank Shoemaker Marsh, 10281 N. 27th
  • Helmuth Marsh, South of Mill Road & west of 14th Street
  • Jack Sinn Memorial Wildlife Management Area, Hwy 77 & Ashland Road
  • Lincoln Saline Wetlands Nature Center, East of Lincoln's Capitol Beach Lake
  • Little Salt Creek Wildlife Management Area, Southeast of 1st Street and Raymond Road
  • Little Salt Creek West Wildlife Management Area, Branched Oak Road between NW12th and 1st streets
  • Little Salt Fork Marsh Preserve, 1st and Raymond Road
  • Little Salt Springs, NW 12th street and Branched Oak Road
  • Marsh Wren, South of Arbor Road and east of North 40th
  • Pioneers Park Nature Center Wetlands, 3201 S. Coddington Ave.
  • Warner Wetlands, 98th street and Interstate-80
  • Whitehead Saline Wetlands, South of Interstate 80 and east of 27th Street
  • Zoetis Saline Wetlands, 1st Street and West Cornhusker Highway

Discover the beauty of Nebraska's most unique wetland resource.

Teeming with life and history, Nebraska's Eastern Saline Wetlands offer visitors a number of outdoor activities such as wildlife watching, nature viewing, photography, and short hikes. These saline wetlands represent one of Nebraska's most unique and threatened natural resources.

For more information, visit


Community Forestry Programs

Lincoln Community Forestry is FUNdamental to vibrant neighorhoods.


We recognize that some citizens like to have options and be involved in determining the future of public trees near their homes. In that spirit, we are providing an option for those who would like to “adopt” an ash tree in the right-of-way by providing ongoing chemical treatment to minimize damage by Emerald Ash Borer.

Learn more about the program and download the permit application at

If a property owner wants to have a city tree treated for anything, not just EAB, an "Application for Permit to Treat" is required as directed by Municipal Code 12.20.040.


The City of Lincoln received grant funding from the USDA Forest Service/Nebraska Forest Service to help low-to-moderate-income homeowners pay for the removal of ash trees and plant new trees at no cost. For more information about the program, and to see if you qualify, please go to



The Lincoln Parks and Recreation Department offers a cost-share assistance program to property owners in Lincoln who desire to purchase and plant a street tree(s) on the City right-of-way adjacent to their property. The $300 voucher is good toward the purchase and installation of a tree at participating local nurseries. The remaining balance of the cost of the tree and the planting of the tree will be at the homeowner’s expense. Certain conditions and requirements apply to the street tree voucher program.

Call (402) 441-7847, OPT. 0 to submit a request for voucher, or for more information.

Lincoln's Community Forest


Lincoln has held a Tree City U.S.A. designation for almost 5 decades and we are proud to proclaim our commitment to our thriving urban forest. Our forestry and parks staff are responsible for the City’s trees in public spaces that include parks, golf courses, trails, streets, and medians. Trees are living assets that increase the resiliency and sustainability of our community for generations to come. Forestry and parks staff preserve and grow our community forest by removing damaged or diseased trees, planting new native and diverse species, and maintaining all trees in our public spaces. Not only does our community forest showcase many shades of colors throughout the seasons, it also provides our City with social, environmental and economic benefits for all. Trees lower heating and air conditioning costs, prevent erosion, provide wildlife habitat, reduce storm water runoff, increase property values, and make our neighborhoods more livable.

Doing its part to maintain and preserve our priceless community forest, the Lincoln Parks and Recreation Department’s Community Forestry Section is responsible for all city-owned trees. The Department is also responsible for the planting, pruning and removal of trees on public property, which includes trees in parks, in golf courses, and along our trails.

For service calls regarding public trees, call (402) 441-7847, OPT. 0 or go to


Every Spring and Fall Lincoln plants hundreds of trees in our public spaces. If you are looking for a volunteer planting schedule and an opportunity to plant alongside fellow tree stewards, please call (402) 441-7847, OPT. 0.

Are you a member of a Neighborhood Association (NA), Homeowner’s Association (HOA) and have ash street trees?

If yes, contact Adam Klingenberg at or (402) 441-8269 for information on City assistance.

Volunteering and Supporting the Parks

Volunteers plant a small tree in a park

Support the Parks


  • These annual adoptive areas are great for neighborhood association groups, families, organizations, or corporations who wish to provide care to public spaces and landscape plantings throughout Lincoln. Most areas require approximately 1-2 hours a week throughout the growing season. On-site recognition is provided.



  • Assist the swim or dive team coach with practice, run drills, develop skills, supervise practice. Weekly swim/dive meets also need volunteers. Contact the Aquatics office at 402-441-7960.


  • Lincoln Parks and Recreation’s Lincoln Shooting Stars Special Olympics team practices for competition in 10 sports. Program is open to athletes ages 8 and older. We also offer the Young Athletes Program for ages 2-7.
  • Volunteers are needed for coach assistants, Unified Partners, practice assistants and general supervision. Year-round opportunities at various locations. Call (402) 441-7877.


Several community members give back to Lincoln by serving on one of the many volunteer advisory groups providing guidance to the Parks and Recreation Department.

Thank you for your guidance and support!


Friends of Pioneers Park Nature Center memberships start at $25/year. Benefits include special access to Friends programming, gift shop discounts, reciprocal admission to other nature centers nationwide, and supporting a valuable community resource. 

Call 402-441-7895 to find out how to symbolically adopt one of the animals who call the Nature Center home.

Volunteer Events and Programs




Sunken Gardens 2024 theme is “Golden Hours”. As the first rays of dawn kiss the horizon, the Sunken Gardens awaken in a symphony of colors and tranquility. As citizens wander and explore the gardens, they can immerse themselves in the magic of both sunrise and sunset in the capitol city. Visit for all themes since the 2005 rennovation and previous years designs.

For more information about Sunken Gardens, contact Zac Halley at (402) 326-9045 or


  • Volunteers will meet and greet Garden visitors providing information about the Garden history and learn about the plants in the Gardens plus provide guidance to Garden Patrons.
  • June 4- Oct.
  • Daily
  • Flexible hours



  • This program helps with the fulfillment of the Master Gardener and Student Community Service Credit requirements through working with the annual and perennial plantings in the Sunken Gardens, Rotary Strolling Gardens or the Hamann Rose Gardens. Learn the different aspects of Horticulture from Professional Garden Staff and then immediately apply them.
  • May 14 - Oct.
  • Tuesday and Thursdays
  • 9:00 AM - Noon



Volunteers are encouraged to partcipate in a "Learn and Do" rose garden spring maintenance program which includes the proper spring pruning and maintenance techniques for various types of roses including hybrid teas, miniature roses, climbing roses, and shrub roses.

  • Saturday, April 13
  • 9 - 10:30 AM
  • Sunken Gardens, 27th and Capt'l Blvd



Volunteers will install the annual flowers at Sunken Gardens. Volunteers are asked to bring a trowel, gloves and clothing appropriate for gardening. This event is limited to the first 60 volunteers who RSVP.

  • Saturday, May 11
  • 8:30 AM until done
  • Sunken Gardens, 27th and Capt'l Blvd



Volunteers will help prepare the beds. In case of inclement weather, Put the Beds to Bed will be postponed until the following Saturday in November.

  • Saturday, November 2, 2024
  • 8:30 AM until done
  • Sunken Gardens, 27th and Capt'l Blvd