Spend a Fun-Filled Day at the Pioneer Park Nature Center

Do you want to spend a fun-filled day exploring nature?

Then head to the Pioneer Park Nature Center.

Just sixteen minutes from our downtown Lincoln apartments, its mission is to interpret the natural history of Nebraska and the central great plains.

The park offers a peaceful retreat, and the 668-acre property features woodland, wetland, and prairie habitats.

Highlights include:

CHET AGER BUILDING

Step inside the Chet Ager Building to enjoy hands-on exhibits focusing on the woodlands and wetlands. It also includes live animals such as eastern screech owls. These birds are small and gray with vertical streaks. They may entertain visitors with their bounce song, which lasts three to six seconds.

IRENE AND GEORGE ALEXANDER BIRD GARDEN

Established in 2012, the Irene and George Alexander Bird Garden is a demonstrative backyard habitat. It's surrounded by shrubs and comes complete with feeders and a water feature.

LOUISE EVANS DOOLE HERB GARDEN

Louise Evans Doole was an editor of The New England Farmer and the author of several herb books. When the garden was founded in 1972, it featured sixteen herbs. Today, it includes over 150 with identifying labels.

HUDSON CABIN

As visitors enjoy a hike, they'll see the Hudson Cabin. Thomas Jefferson Hudson constructed the structure in the 1860s, using milled flooring lumber and wood shingles, which were almost unheard of. At the time, it was called the largest and grandest home on Salt Creek.

HERITAGE SCHOOL

The Heritage School was originally built in the 1800s, and it stood just west of Valparaiso. It was destroyed by a fire and rebuilt in the 1930s. The schoolhouse was retired from use about thirty years later and now calls the nature center home. Visitors can take a step back in time when the school is open during public events.

The Pioneer Park Nature Center is just one of the outdoor attractions near Academy Lincoln. If you are searching for a place to call home, please contact us. We will gladly give you a tour of our vibrant community.

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