City of Lincoln
2016 Media Releases
- July 1, 2016
- For More Information Contact:
- Jamie Kelley, Pioneers Park Nature Center, 402-441-8708
Nature Center Offer Programs on Butterflies, Rocks, Minerals and Herbs
The Pioneers Park Nature Center, 3201 S. Coddington, invites the public to participate in three special events in July:
- The Annual Butterfly Count begins at 9 a.m. Saturday, July 9. The event is sponsored by the North American Butterfly Association and presented by the Nature Center and the Spring Creek Prairie Audubon Center. Creighton University Biology Professor Ted Burk will present a talk about butterflies, including identifying characteristics of various species. Participants will then visit designated count areas at the Nature Center and Spring Creek Prairie. Each group will be assigned a butterfly identification expert.
The registration fee is $5 per person and must be received in advance. This program involves a walk of about two hours, covering two to three miles. Children must be accompanied by an adult. To sign up, call 402-441-7895.
- A Rock and Mineral Grinding Party is set for 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 10 at the Nature Center Prairie Building. Members of the Lincoln Gem and Mineral Club will present information on gems and minerals of the Great Plains and demonstrate rock cutting, polishing and finishing. Registration is not required, and a donation of $5 is suggested.
- The Herb Festival from 9 a.m.to noon Saturday, July 16 will include presentations and outdoor tours by local herb experts:
Native Herbs and Edibles -- Biologist RaeAnn Powers and Plant Ecologist Dustin Rymph of Prairie Legacy Inc. will discuss the benefits of native plants. Prairie Legacy Inc. in Western provides local ecotype seed and plants and other botanical services and products to foster environmental health and eco-friendly living.
Troubleshooting the Herb Garden -- Sarah Browning, a UNL Extension Educator in Horticulture, will discuss common pest problems in the herb garden and the best low-toxic control methods.
Preservation of Herbs - Nicole Saville, Spiritus Vitae Botanicals, will cover the basics of herb preservation, including simple drying and liquid extractions. She will also discuss the best and simplest methods for long term storage of herbs.
Maggie's Vegetarian Café will provide tea and refreshments between sessions when the participants can learn about the history of the Louise Evans Doole Herb Garden. The Herb Festival and the Louise Evans Doole Herb Garden are supported by The Doole Family Charitable Foundation.
The registration fee is $15 and must be received in advance. To register, call 402-441-7895 by July 12.
For more information about the Pioneers Park Nature Center, call 402-441-7895 or visit parks.lincoln.ne.gov.