Spring Conservation Sensation

Each May, the Lower Platte North NRD hosts the Spring Conservation Sensation, an all-day natural resources festival for 5th and 6th graders. Students spend the day in hands-on educational activities focusing on water, wildlife, forestry, geography, and more.

Schools in the NRD’s portions of Butler, Colfax, Dodge, Platte, and Saunders counties are eligible to attend. Registration information for the event is mailed in March each year; to be placed on the mailing list, contact us at or 402.443.4675.

Registrations are also accepted online.

Land Judging

Every other year in the fall, the Lower Platte North NRD hosts a district Land Judging Contest for area FFA chapters. Students at the contest are tested on their knowledge of soil types, topography, proper land use practices, and related topics. Around 200 students compete in the contest each year at the East Central Regional Contest. The winning individuals and teams will move on to the state competition held at the end of October. In addition to NRD personnel, staff from the Natural Resources Conservation Service help conduct the contest.

Contest Materials

For downloadable score cards, guidebooks, and other information related to Land Judging, please visit the Nebraska Association of Resources Districts’ Land Judging Website

Test Your Well Event

The Lower Platte North Natural Resources District works with area FFA Chapters to host a “Test Your Well” event. These events are open to students, parents, teachers, and anyone in the area who are wanting to have their domestic well water tested for Nitrates. Lower Platte North NRD staff work with students prior to the event to train them on how to use the colorimeters for testing during the event. Nitrates in drinking water are colorless, odorless, and tasteless. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency set the maximum contaminant level of nitrates in drinking water at 10 parts per million (or mg/L) to protect against methemoglobinemia – also known as “blue baby syndrome”. The testing performed at the event is for nitrate levels only. There are numerous parameters that can be tested. For more information about these events, email or call the NRD at 402-443-4675.

Range Judging Contest

Range Judging is a competition that challenges high school students about Nebraska rangelands which make up half of the State’s land area. Participant learn to recognize range plants, range sites and the need for proper grazing practices.

Contest Materials

NRDs work with the Society for Range Management, NRCS and UNL Extension. For information related to Range Judging, please visit

Coffee, Lakeside

The Lower Platte North Natural Resources District (LPNNRD) offers a new educational topic monthly at the Clint Johannes Education Building at Lake Wanahoo.

Upcoming events will feature topics of Nebraska birds, fish, prairie grasses and wildflowers. Activities will also be available for kids in attendance. The FREE event will offer coffee and donuts provided by the LPNNRD.

Are you curious about a specific topic and wish to learn more? Email or call 402-443-4675.

Other Events

The Lower Platte North NRD teams up with the Saunders County UNL Extension to offer the 4-H/NRD Outdoor Recreation Workshop in the spring. This hands-on educational day features activities focusing on outdoor recreation and survival skills for Saunders County 4-H members and non-members.

The Saunders County Youth Ag Tour was created with the help of Saunders County UNL Extension and area FFA teachers. Students in the area can visit with their FFA teachers about the tour held in June that includes new sites annually. The LPNNRD offers a scholarship for attendees to use towards a college scholarship (for graduating seniors only) or for a 4-H/FFA county fair project.

The Nebraska Envirothon competition for high school students to test their knowledge about the environment. Five-member teams compete to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding in aquatics, forestry, soils, wildlife and a current environmental issue. More information about the contest can be found at

For more information about environmental education events, please contact us at or call 402-443-4675.