Events

Nebraska Wildflower Week, May 31-June 9 of 2019

Nebraska Statewide Arboretum coordinates statewide Wildflower Week activities, bringing together organizations that recognize the value of wildflowers.

Wildflowers endure through hard times, lending beauty and brightness even to landscapes rarely seen by human eyes. Their flowers and seeds feed birds, butterflies and other wildlife; their roots loosen and improve soil; and they lend fragrance and beauty to wild places, making us want to take a closer look at places we might otherwise ignore.

Wildflower Resources

2018 Wildflower Week Events in Eastern Nebraska

* STILL ONGOING: Take your family on an Arboretum Adventure to look for wildflowers at 50 of Nebraska's public gardens! Download a guidebook and record your adventure by taking rubbings of plaques from every gardens you visit.

EVENTS FROM 2018 BELOW, new 2019 events will be posted by May 2019

May 30 near Norfolk. “Stars, Strolls & S’mores” Moon Walk 7:30-9:30pm at Wood Duck Wildlife Management Area. Presentations on herbs, frogs, toads and night photography sponsored by Nebraska Game & Parks, Lower Elkhorn Natural Resources District and Norfolk Area Visitors Bureau. Jamie.bachmann@nebraska.gov

June 1 in Omaha. Lauritzen Gardens “Conservation Discovery Garden Guided Twilight Tour” at 7 pm to discover native species for your own garden and learn how to identify native grasses, trees, flowers and pollinators. Free for members and $10 for non-members. Register

June 1-11 in Louisville. “Call of the Wildflowers” self-guided photo scavenger hunt at Platte River State Park. Free activity has handouts for plant identification and growing information from the Nature Center or the office 8am-8pm. 402-234-2217; ngpc.platte.river@nebraska.gov

June 2 near Marquette. Prairie Plains Resource Institute 5K or 10K Fun Run/Walk at Gjerloff Prairie from 9-11am on mowed trail with prairie wildflowers along the Platte River. Take Nebraska Highway 14 to Marquette corner, 4 miles west on 22 Road, 0.5 north on M Road. Download registration forms ; 402-694-5535; amyppri@hamilton.net

June 5 in Lincoln. Jazz in June Garden Tour at 6pm. Meet at the east entrance of Sheldon Museum of Art for 1-hour tour before 7pm Jamison Ross.

June 7 in Lincoln. Wildflower Tour at Jayne Snyder Trail Center at noon, 228 N. 21 St. 402-472-2971, arboretum@unl.edu

June 8 near Lincoln. Nature’s Treasure Trek at Pioneers Park Nature Center Prairie Building, 3210 S Coddington, 9:30-10:30am. Trek around the Nature Center using clues to look for wildflowers & other natural treasures. Aimed at young children and their families. Register by June 6, $3 per person. 402-441-7895

June 8 in Lincoln. Sale of wildflowers and other plants at Arboretum greenhouse from 12-4:30pm at 2150 N 38 St. arboretum@unl.edu

June 8-10 in Lincoln. FireWorks Restaurant celebrates wildflowers with self-guided tours of their rain garden (brochures inside); wildflowers garnished throughout various cocktails; wildflower coloring pages for children. 5750 South 86 Dr., 402-434-5960

June 9 in Lincoln. Garden Club free (donations encouraged) breakfast & tours. Breakfast 7:30 at Jane Snyder Trail Center, 19th & N St.,and tours of five gardens 9-1. jdcariotto@yahoo.com

June 9 in Lincoln. “Explore Partners in Pollination - Wildflowers & Insects” at Prairie Pines from 9:30-1pm. Tour through the tallgrass looking for insects at 10 with bilingual activities; talk on creating pollinator habitat at 11:30; and trails open until 5pm; 3100 N. 112th St. prairiepinespartners@gmail.com

June 9 near Talmage. Wachiska Audubon Society Wildflower walk 9:30-11am at Berg Prairie, a sub-irrigated prairie remnant with a unique population of wildflowers including lots of Anemone and Penstemon. Carpooling available from Lincoln and Syracuse. From Lincoln meet at 4547 Calvert at 8am; from Omaha meet at Love's Truck Stop in Syracuse at 9am. 402-486-4846, bethngaryc@windstream.net

June 9 near Columbus and Schuyler. Nebraska Native Plant Society field day begins with an exploration of the Platte/Loup River bottomlands near Columbus followed by a tour of Fertig Prairie, a 45-acre tract of flood plain tallgrass prairie near Schuyler. RSVP for more information.

June 9 in Brownville. Furnas Arboretum Talks & Tours at 427 Main St. Coffee at 10, talk at 11 and tours of the Arboretum and surrounding gardens 1:30-4pm. 402-825-4992

June 10 near Denton. “Wildflower Walk on the Prairie” 2-3:30pm at Spring Creek Prairie Audubon Center, 11700 SW 100th St. scp@audubon.org, 402-797-2301

June 11 in Omaha. Lauritzen Gardens “Conservation Discovery Garden Guided Twilight Tour” at 7 pm to discover native species for your own garden and learn how to identify native grasses, trees, flowers and pollinators. Free for members and $10 for non-members. Register

June 12 in Beatrice. Wildflower Talk and Plant Pressing at 1:30 for ages 3+ at Beatrice Public Library, 100 North 16th St. At 7pm also at the library, a program for adults about the wildflowers that can be seen at Homestead National Monument. mmgakle@gmail.com ; 402-239-4781 

June 21 in Omaha. Lauritzen Gardens “All the Little Things Summer Solstice Lecture featuring Chris Helzer” at 7pm. A look at some incredible organisms and their interactions through photographs and stories from the field with a dessert reception following. $14, $10 for garden members. Register 

June 27 at Maskenthine Lake Recreation Area near Norfolk. “Stars, Strolls & S’mores” Moon Walk 7:30-9:30pm.  Presentations on plants for native pollinators, fireflies and star-gazing sponsored by Nebraska Game & Parks, Lower Elkhorn Natural Resources District and Norfolk Area Visitors Bureau. Jamie.bachmann@nebraska.gov

 

2018 Wildflower Week Events in Western Nebraska

June 2 near Lewellen. Wildflower Talk and Walk at Ash Hollow State Historical Park at 9am. Meet at the Visitor Center and dress for walking through tallgrass prairie. 308-778-5651, alison.bleich@nebraska.gov

June 3 near Harrison. "Wildflowers 101" talk and walk with a ranger through lowlands, prairie and rocky uplands to see a variety of wildflowers 2-4pm at Agate Fossil Beds National Monument visitor center, 301 River Rd. Trails are open dawn to dusk. agfo_ranger_activities@nps.gov, 308-665-4110

June 7 in Chadron. Western Nebraska Landscape Day at Chadron State College 9-12pm includes water use tour and wildflower presentation; meet at 9am at Chadron State College Range Land Lab, wear gardening togs and sunscreen. lmays@csc.edu

June 7 near Crawford. Free Wildflower Hikes on the Bison Trail from Toadstool Geologic Park to Hudson Meng Education Center, one starting at 4pm and one starting at 6pm. lmays@csc.edu

June 8 near Gering. "Wildflower Walk in the Wildcats" 7pm at the Wildcat Hills Nature Center, 210615 Hwy 71, Gering NE 69341. ngpc.wildcat.hills@nebraska.gov , 308-436-3777

June 8 in Gering. Tour of municipal landscapes 10-11:30am starting from Gering City Plaza, 11th Street and N St. 308-436-6834, pheath@gering.org

June 8 in Gering. “Imagine the Possibilities” brainstorming session with NSA, public and municipal partners and green-team members from 12-1:30pm. Monument Grill at the Gering Golf Course, 2550 Clubhouse Dr. 308-630-8011, lsato@scottsbluff.org

June 8 in Scottsbluff. Tour of downtown landscapes from 2-3pm starting from 19th & Broadway. 308-630-8011, lsato@scottsbluff.org

June 10 near Harrison. "Wildflowers 101" talk and walk with a ranger through lowlands, prairie and rocky uplands to see a variety of wildflowers 2-4pm at Agate Fossil Beds National Monument visitor center, 301 River Rd. Trails are open dawn to dusk. agfo_ranger_activities@nps.gov, 308-665-4110

June 14 in Ogallala. During the Summer Concert Series, the 2nd street bump-outs with wildflower planters between Spruce and East A will be highlighted; concerts are in Rendezvous Square on East 2nd.