Become a Friend of the Pioneers Park Nature Center
We rely on community support.
Since 1963 the Nature Center has served the Lincoln area as an environmental education center and wildlife sanctuary.
With 668 acres of tallgrass prairie, woodlands, wetlands and a stream; the Nature Center provides over eight miles of hiking trails that wind through various habitats and take visitors past non-releasable raptor exhibits, as well as bison, elk, and white-tailed deer.
PIONEERS PARK NATURE CENTER
FUNDAMENTAL TO ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY AND YOUTH DEVELOPMENT
The Nature Center is a great place for people of any age to visit during all seasons. Come walk the trails through our prairie, meet our exhibit animals, listen to the birds in our bird garden, relax on one of our benches, treat yourself to the smells of our herb garden, dig in the natural play area, or learn from our exhibits.
Hours of operation are Monday through Saturday from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm, Sundays from noon to 5:00 pm during the summer months. Starting in the fall, facilities close at 4:30 pm. Open every day except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. Admission is free.
Two interpretive buildings house hands-on and small animal exhibits. The Edna Shields natural play area for Children provides a place for kids to dig, build and climb. Prairie, bird, children’s and herb gardens with many labeled specimens are both beautiful and instructive. Programming includes a preschool, nature camps, school hikes, scout badge work, birthday parties, special events and a variety of other classes for all ages. The Nature Center is open 362 days a year. Admission is free, suggested donations $3/person, $5/family or $10/group.
The preschool and pre-K programs are built on the philosophy that children learn by doing: hiking, climbing, digging, building, and being outdoors.
Classes & Programs
A variety of classes and programs are held year-round for all ages at the Nature Center. Check out some upcoming events.
Day camps are offered through the Nature Center for children ages three to 17 and focus on enjoying and learning about nature while exploring the outdoors.
The mission of Pioneers Park Nature Center is to interpret the natural history of Nebraska and the central great plains; to promote the enjoyment, appreciation and awareness of our natural environment; to practice and foster a conservation ethic; and to provide a sanctuary for wildlife and a peaceful retreat for people.
Monday - Saturday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Noon - 5:00 PM
Open every day except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.
Suggested Donations: $3/person, $5/family, or $10/group
3201 S Coddington Avenue
Lincoln, NE 68522
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