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What We Do

We plant Nebraska for healthy people, vibrant communities and a resilient environment.

We do this through tree planting, garden making, community building, and education.

  • Nance's Testimony

    When I consider what I could be proud of, nothing makes me feel better than the plants I’ve helped get planted. The trees that Bob helped me plant for my neighborhood association through a grant program. They were tiny, hopeful little things that are now becoming real trees that provide shade, shelter for wildlife and a healthier environment. Long after we’re gone, those trees will be there. How cool is that?
    -Nance Harris, Past NSA Board President

Our Impact In 2021

The crux of the work we do is supporting communities throughout Nebraska when they have an idea, but need help accomplishing it. We work with their Green Teams to make a plan, coordinate the project, and provide funding. From planting 10 free trees to multi-year green infrastructure installations we do what it takes to Plant Nebraska for healthy people, vibrant communities, and a resilient environment. 

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Calvert Elementary Kids Get Planting in Lincoln

Two elementary school girls plant flowers outside Calvert Elementary in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Ninety-five-degree temperatures didn’t deter a hardy group of second and third graders at Calvert Elementary School in Lincoln from getting their hands and some plants into the soil recently. The students, who are part of an after-school garden club, planted a Bloom Box pollinator garden along the South side of their school.

The project was made possible by a Bloom Box @school grant. These funds are available to schools in Nebraska with eligible 21st Century Community Learning Centers.

“Kids are open to these kinds of experiences if you make them possible,” said Jake Duffy, an Environmental Studies senior at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln who is interning with Lincoln Public Schools (LPS) Sustainability Program and helps lead the garden club at Calvert. “And you never know. This experience might inspire them to start thinking about other ways they can be a little more green. It all starts here.”

Brittany Albin, LPS’ Sustainability Program coordinator, couldn’t agree more. “School is a great setting for these kinds of experiences, especially because we don’t know what kinds of resource kids have access to at home,” she said. “We are glad to be able to partner with the Nebraska Statewide Arboretum to make this kind of hands-on project happen.”

For more information about NSA’s various community partnerships and opportunities, visit our project funding webpage.  

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