24th Annual Earth Wellness Festival

Lincoln Public Schools and a host of community education partners held the 24th annual Earth Wellness Festival at Southeast Community College on March 20-21.

The event drew roughly 3,000 Lancaster County fifth-graders to the college’s Lincoln campus for a series of creative and hands-on lessons in the areas of water, land, air and living resources. Examples of sessions included: Reptiles and Amphibians of Nebraska; Watershed Mayhem; Turtle Talk; Worm Wrangling; Endangered!; and Wow Wind!

Students also saw firsthand a barred owl, vulture, bald eagle and Johnny the serval from Lincoln Children’s Zoo. A serval is a medium-sized African wild cat native to sub-Saharan Africa.

Festival organizers worked closely with LPS and other districts to ensure the activities and materials correspond with their fifth-grade curriculum. The 300 volunteers and presenters included educators, environmentalists and government representatives.

The entities who worked together to make the festival possible are:

  • Lincoln Public Schools
  • Lower Platte South Natural Resources District
  • Nebraska Extension in Lancaster County
  • Keep Lincoln and Lancaster County Beautiful
  • Lincoln/Lancaster County Health Department
  • Southeast Community College-Lincoln
  • University of Nebraska-Lincoln Environmental Studies Program

University of Nebraska-Lincoln School of Natural Resources  

Published: March 22, 2018, Updated: March 22, 2018