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Nebraska Statewide Arboretum

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25-WORD DESCRIPTION:

We plant Nebraska for healthy people, vibrant communities and a resilient environment. We do this through demonstration, education, grassroots engagement and collective learning.


HOW WE USE YOUR CONTRIBUTIONS:

  • $1 per week helps us collect seeds from local trees and plants unique to Nebraska ($52).
  • $3 per week plants a native plant garden ($156).
  • $10 per month plants two community trees ($120).
  • $50 provides 2,000 brochures on how to plant and care for the landscape.
  • $100 provides two hours of training for community volunteers and advocates.
  • $500 provides an intern two weeks hands-on experience improving a public landscape.


A STORY FROM OUR AGENCY:

Located about halfway between Auburn and Falls City in southeast Nebraska sits the little town of Stella, population 160. On the north edge of town is the Stella Arboretum, located on the site of the former Southeast Consolidated High School. The arboretum got its start in the year 2000 when an ambitious science teacher and many local volunteers obtained a grant from NSA (the Nebraska Greenspace Stewardship Initiative) and began installing prairie plots, a pond and many new trees.

Although the school closed in 2009, care for the arboretum continued thanks to the commitment of several garden club members led by Jan McMullen and Laura French. The arboretum is a celebration of Nebraska’s prairie heritage and includes more than 30 species of prairie plants as well as numerous trees and shrubs. It also has a beautiful lily pond and a new rose garden. This hidden gem of a garden is well worth a visit.

Though the school is gone, the garden carries forward and serves as a strong unifier for the community. The majority of the community takes part in annual events that include garden tours, plant sales and volunteer cleanup days.

CAMPAIGN CODE NUMBERS:

Campaign Code: 6800

(For campaigns at University of Nebraska-Lincoln, City of Lincoln, LES, LPS, Lancaster County, SCC and private companies.)

State of Nebraska: 708AU

ADDRESS/PHONE:

UNL Keim Hall 102
P.O. Box 830965 
Lincoln, NE 68583-0965

402-472-2971

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