Volunteer at Pioneers Park Nature Center

The Nature Center is greatly assisted and enriched by its volunteers. In return, volunteers meet staff and other volunteers who enjoy nature and who care about the earth and about wildlife. Volunteer opportunities include:

Land Management

Help staff care for the herb garden. Workdays include cleaning up the garden in the spring, a planting party, regular scheduled weekday sessions working in the garden, and a garden potting party in the fall.

Herb Garden

Help staff care for the herb garden. Workdays include several afternoons in April to clean up the garden, a garden planting party during the second week of May, 8:30 – 10:30 sessions on a weekday chosen by the group weekly in late May and June, every other week in July and August, and a garden potting up party in October.

Prairie Garden

Help staff care for the prairie gardens and nursery. Saturday morning workdays from 8:30 – noon, April through September (need is greater in May through early June, then tapers off later in season).

Special Events

The Nature Center sponsors several special events. These could not be presented without volunteer help. They give volunteers an opportunity to give assistance with a one-time-only commitment. Past events include Wild Adventure Day, Herb Festival, Prairie Jazz Festival, and the Wild Fall Festival.


Group Volunteers

Projects for groups of up to 10 people over the age of 18 are often available. Call our naturalist at 402-441-8708 to discuss possibilities.

Student Service

Opportunities for high school and college students to help the community connect with nature as a junior camp counselor. Please call Jamie Kelley at 402-441-8708 to discuss these opportunities.


Our Mission

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.

Free Admission
Suggested Donations: $3/person, $5/family, or $10/group


3201 S Coddington Avenue
Lincoln, NE 68522

(402) 441-7895


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