Field Trips for Fourth Graders, Part of Nebraska 150th Events

BEATRICE – Another initiative in the Nebraska-150 Celebration was kicked off Monday…. called the “Nebraska Experience”.

The project will fund field trips to the Nebraska State Capitol and other noted cultural and historic attractions in the state, for Nebraska fourth graders.   First Lady Susanne Shore says the initiative is being funded with the support of the Peter Kiewit Foundation, Blue Cross-Blue Shield of Nebraska and NextEra Energy Resources.

:24                  “large grant”

Nebraska Arts Council Executive Director Suzanne Wise said having a field trip that allows students to get a hands-on experience has been important throughout generations.

:37                  “entire life”

Governor Pete Ricketts says the field trips to the Capitol will allow fourth graders to learn about the makings of state government.

:23                  “re-emphasize that”

Wise said that selecting the sites that are part of the initiative along with the State Capitol came down to those locations that best provide an educational experience for students.

:14                  “for teachers”

Around $400,000 in private support is making possible the field trips for an estimated 26,000 fourth grade students from public and private schools, and home schools.  Teachers and administrators can make application for a field trip through the Nebraska 150 website.

The Homestead National Monument of America is one of the approved sites in the “Nebraska Experience” program.  Also included are….

  • Buffalo Bill Ranch State Historical Park, in North Platte
  • Chimney Rock, at Bayard
  • Durham Museum, in Omaha
  • Knight Museum and Sandhills Center, in Alliance
  • Museum of Nebraska Art, in Kearney
  • Nebraska History Museum, in Lincoln
  • John G. Neihardt State Historical Site, in Bancroft
  • Mari Sandoz High Plains Heritage Center, in Chadron
  • Scotts Bluff National Monument, at Gering
  • Stuhr Museum, Grand Island

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