Celebrate 100 years of state park history from your classroom! These resources offer K–6 teachers the opportunity to integrate the Nebraska State Park Centennial into curricula, lessons and activities. Connect students with our state park system through fun activities that are aligned with state standards for learning.
100 Years of Parks
Explore the history of Nebraska’s oldest state park, Chadron State Park, and discover the people, legislation and improvement projects that make the park what it is today. Then think about important events in your life and build a timeline of your own.
Profile a park
Research one of Nebraska’s official state parks (there are 8!) and then narrate a tour of one for classmates.
Build a Park
Design a new state park, on paper or as a 3D model. Students then can design a brochure about their new creation.
Create Park Art
Research a state park and then work in small groups with classmates to create a mural that symbolizes it.
Careers in Parks
Search potential jobs at Nebraska parks, then write want ads with your classmates and apply for jobs, too!
Building Our State Parks
Learn how the Civilian Conservation Corps helped build parts of our Nebraska state parks.
CCC photo above courtesy Raymond E. Johnson
Hula Hoop Habitat
Students will observe plants and animals to compare the diversity of life in different habitats.
Record nature observations using three journaling prompts. Then create a sound map.
Interview a family, friend or community member to discover memories or stories from our Nebraska state parks.
Nebraska has 76 state park areas. Create a map and label park areas close to your community; then plan a trip.
Explore the interactive map
This map is used in some of the lessons plans above. Or explore just for fun!