Activities & Speakers

Below are activites and public speakers that the School of Natural Resources engages with the community. Use the tools below to filter the results for your specific tastes.

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Aaron Young, public speaker

Contact: Aaron Young, ayoung3@unl.edu, 402-472-8339
Website: /aboutus/who/people/staff-member.asp?pid=791

I can speak about Statewide groundwater levels and Nebraska aquifers.

What target audiences is this activity most geared towards:

  • Pre-K/Elementary School
  • Middle/High School
  • College
  • General Public
  • Technical

SNR goes to the Public or the Public comes to SNR?

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Aaron Young, public speaker

Brian Fuchs, public speaker

Contact: Brian Fuchs, bfuchs2@unl.edu, 402-472-6775
Website: /aboutus/who/people/faculty-member.asp?pid=152

I can speakabout

  • Drought Monitoring
  • The United States Drought Monitor
  • Climate
  • Drought Tools
  • Drought Indicators
  • Drought Impacts
  • Agriculture and Drought
  • Historical Drought
  • Drought Planning

What target audiences is this activity most geared towards:

  • Pre-K/Elementary School
  • Middle/High School
  • College
  • OLLI - lifelong learning for adults 50 years and older
  • General Public
  • Families
  • Technical

SNR goes to the Public or the Public comes to SNR?

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Brian Fuchs, public speaker

Central Plains Severe Weather Symposium and Weatherfest

Contact: Ken Dewey, kdewey1@unl.edu, 402-472-2908
Website: http://snr.unl.edu/cpsws/

The first Symposium was held on Aug. 29, 1999, in Omaha, Nebraska. The event was then moved to Lincoln, Nebraska, and has been organized by Dr. Ken Dewey, High Plains Regional Climate Center, School of Natural Resources, UNL, since 2000. The symposium is now offered on an annual basis in Lincoln. The popularity of the event has been phenomenal. About 500 people attended the first symposium in 1999, and about 4,000 attended in 2005. The number of exhibits has increased from five in 1999 to 37 in 2005. National and local experts will be invited to talk about how to better prepare to mitigate injuries and loss of life and property from all forms of severe weather. The exhibitors also provide brochures and handouts that help the public better plan to "survive the storms." Sponsored by High Plains Regional Climate Center, School of Natural Resources, Lancaster County Office of Emergency Management, National Weather Service, Omaha/Valley Nebraska, University of Nebraska Student Chapter of the American Meteorological Society

Time Period: Early Spring

Location: Hardin Hall, East Campus, UNL

What target audiences is this activity most geared towards:

  • Pre-K/Elementary School
  • Middle/High School
  • College
  • OLLI - lifelong learning for adults 50 years and older
  • General Public
  • Families

SNR goes to the Public or the Public comes to SNR?

Public comes to SNR

Central Plains Severe Weather Symposium and Weatherfest

Christine Haney Douglass, public speaker

Contact: Christine Haney Douglass, chaney3@unl.edu, 402-563-1851
Website: /aboutus/who/people/faculty-member.asp?pid=1565

I can speak about

  1. First family member to go to college- aspirations, funding, preparation, etc.
  2. Melding cultural and resource management- my experiences conducting fieldwork in Botswana, New Zealand and outback Australia
  3. Conducting research in impoverished and marginalized communities
  4. Connecting science to everyday interests and curiosities

What target audiences is this activity most geared towards:

  • Pre-K/Elementary School
  • Middle/High School
  • College
  • OLLI - lifelong learning for adults 50 years and older
  • General Public
  • Families

SNR goes to the Public or the Public comes to SNR?

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Christine Haney Douglass, public speaker

Dan Snow, public speaker

Contact: Dan Snow, dsnow1@unl.edu, 402-472-7539
Website: /aboutus/who/people/faculty-member.asp?pid=302

I can speak about water quality, contaminants in water and water testing

What target audiences is this activity most geared towards:

  • General Public

SNR goes to the Public or the Public comes to SNR?

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Dan Snow, public speaker

Dana Divine, public speaker

Contact: Dana Divine, ddivine2@unl.edu, 402-472-3288
Website: /aboutus/who/people/staff-member.asp?pid=1628

I can speak about groundwater

What target audiences is this activity most geared towards:

  • College
  • OLLI - lifelong learning for adults 50 years and older
  • General Public
  • Technical

SNR goes to the Public or the Public comes to SNR?

Both ways

Dana Divine, public speaker

Doug Hallum, public speaker

Contact: Doug Hallum, dhallum2@unl.edu, 308-696-6743
Website: /aboutus/who/people/staff-member.asp?pid=1770

I can speak about

  • geology
  • hydrogeology
  • water management of surface and groundwater
  • models

What target audiences is this activity most geared towards:

  • Pre-K/Elementary School
  • Middle/High School
  • College
  • OLLI - lifelong learning for adults 50 years and older
  • General Public
  • Families
  • Technical

SNR goes to the Public or the Public comes to SNR?

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Doug Hallum, public speaker

Functional morphology in birds: wings and beaks

Contact: Patricia (Trish) Freeman, pfreeman1@unl.edu, 402-464-7002

Powerpoint lecture and exhibits

Sponsored by Zoo School, LPS

"For a bat person, you know a lot about birds." –9th or 10th grader

What target audiences is this activity most geared towards:

  • Middle/High School
  • General Public

SNR goes to the Public or the Public comes to SNR?

Public comes to SNR

Jesse Korus, public speaker

Contact: Jesse Korus, jkorus3@unl.edu, 402-472-7561
Website: /aboutus/who/people/faculty-member.asp?pid=1010

I can speak about

  • rocks and minerals
  • geologic history of Nebraska
  • groundwater resources of Nebraska

What target audiences is this activity most geared towards:

  • Middle/High School
  • College
  • OLLI - lifelong learning for adults 50 years and older
  • General Public
  • Technical

SNR goes to the Public or the Public comes to SNR?

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Jesse Korus, public speaker

Karl Reinhard, public speaker

Contact: Karl Reinhard, kreinhard1@mac.com, 402-875-2863
Website: /aboutus/who/people/faculty-member.asp?pid=99

I can speak about

  1. Origin of Agriculture in the Andes
  2. Archaeological Evidence of Natural Resources in Ancient Diet
  3. Ancient Origins of Parasites of Humans

What target audiences is this activity most geared towards:

  • Middle/High School
  • College
  • OLLI - lifelong learning for adults 50 years and older
  • General Public

SNR goes to the Public or the Public comes to SNR?

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Karl Reinhard, public speaker

Ken Dewey, public speaker

Contact: Ken Dewey, kdewey1@unl.edu, 402-472-2908
Website: /aboutus/who/people/faculty-member.asp?pid=24

Talks about climate and severe weather. Specialty for Lincoln Climate

What target audiences is this activity most geared towards:

  • Pre-K/Elementary School
  • Middle/High School
  • College
  • General Public
  • Families
  • Technical

SNR goes to the Public or the Public comes to SNR?

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Ken Dewey, public speaker

Leon Higley, public speaker

Contact: Leon Higley, lhigley1@unl.edu, 402-560-6684
Website: /aboutus/who/people/faculty-member.asp?pid=1011

I can speak about

  • Murder and Maggots: Inside Stories of Forensic Science
  • The Uniquely Cool Biology of the Endangered Salt Creek Tiger Beetle
  • Scientific Ethics in the Trenches

What target audiences is this activity most geared towards:

  • Middle/High School
  • College
  • OLLI - lifelong learning for adults 50 years and older
  • General Public

SNR goes to the Public or the Public comes to SNR?

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Leon Higley, public speaker

Lisa Pennisi, public speaker

Contact: Lisa Pennisi, lpennisi2@unl.edu, 402-472-5875
Website: /aboutus/who/people/faculty-member.asp?pid=977

I can speak about ecotourism.

What target audiences is this activity most geared towards:

  • General Public

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Lisa Pennisi, public speaker

Nebraska Master Naturalist Certification Training

Contact: Matt Jones, mjones30@unl.edu, 402-937-8601
Website: http://NATURALIST.unl.edu

Apply NOW for the Nebraska Master Naturalist Certification Training happening statewide. If you are interested in getting involved, call (402) 472-8689 or visit our website at http://naturalist.unl.edu for more information. Since 2010 more than 300 Certified Nebraska Master Naturalists have become part of an essential volunteer network dedicated to conserving Nebraska’s natural resources. Master Naturalists have impacted 400,000 Nebraskans, and provided hours of volunteer service equating to $700,000 in conservation value to Nebraska.

Sponsored by Nebraska Master Naturalist Program

Time Period: Multiple Training Periods throughout the year

Location: Various areas of Nebraska

What target audiences is this activity most geared towards:

  • College
  • OLLI - lifelong learning for adults 50 years and older
  • General Public
  • Families

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Nebraska Master Naturalist Certification Training

Nebraska Master Naturalist Certification Training

Contact: Matt Jones, mjones30@unl.edu, 402-937-8601
Website: http://NATURALIST.unl.edu

Apply NOW for the Nebraska Master Naturalist Certification Training happening statewide. Registration is $250 per person. If you are interested in getting involved, call (402) 472-8689 or visit our website at http://naturalist.unl.edu for more information. Since 2010 more than 100 Certified Nebraska Master Naturalists have become part of an essential volunteer network dedicated to conserving Nebraska’s natural resources. Master Naturalists have impacted 42,000 Nebraskans, supported over 100 natural resource programs, and provided hours of volunteer service equating to $65,000 in conservation value to Nebraska.

Sponsored by Nebraska Master Naturalist Program

Time Period: Multiple Training Periods throughout the year

Location: Various areas of Nebraska

"It's amazing to get connected with a network of people who share the same interests. These experiences are something you would not get anywhere else. The opportunity to get to know the instructors has really opened me up to volunteering in ways I had never thought possible!" –Master Naturalist participant

What target audiences is this activity most geared towards:

  • College
  • OLLI - lifelong learning for adults 50 years and older
  • General Public
  • Families

SNR goes to the Public or the Public comes to SNR?

SNR goes to the Public

Nebraska Master Naturalist Certification Training

Nebraska Tree Care Workshop

Contact: Scott Josiah, sjosiah2@unl.edu, 402-472-1467

These popular, award-winning workshops provide basic and advanced, up-to-date information about tree care to arborists, nursery professionals, grounds keepers, master gardeners, landowners and others who work with trees. Landscape tree care is the main focus of the workshops, though many of the topics covered apply to trees in any situation.

Sponsored by Nebraska Forest Service, UNL Cooperative Extension and Nebraska Statewide Arboretum

Time Period: Annually in March

Location: Five locations across Nebraska

What target audiences is this activity most geared towards:

  • General Public
  • Technical

SNR goes to the Public or the Public comes to SNR?

SNR goes to the Public

Nebraska Tree Care Workshop

Nebraska Well Drillers Association (NWDA) Short Course

Contact: Jacki Loomis, jloomis3@unl.edu, 402-472-7550
Website: http://www.nebraskawelldrillers.org/

The short course is designed to provide Continuing Education Units (CEUs) that meet state of Nebraska regulations for those holding licenses in water well-related industries. The conference format includes individual sessions on various topics. These may include new regulations, safety, industry techniques and new products. Participants are required to attend the complete event in order to earn CEUs, meals and breaks are included with registration. Attendance: Open to NWDA members and non-members; particularly useful to well drilling industry and natural resource district personnel

Sponsored by Nebraska Well Drillers Association and SNR (Conservation and Survey Division, state geological, water and soil survey)

Time Period: Annually, the second week in January

Location: Kearney, Nebraska

What target audiences is this activity most geared towards:

  • Technical

SNR goes to the Public or the Public comes to SNR?

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Nebraska Well Drillers Association (NWDA) Short Course

Robert (Bob) Diffendal, public speaker

Contact: Robert (Bob) Diffendal, rdiffendal1@unl.edu, 402-472-7546 & 402-472-5618
Website: /aboutus/who/people/faculty-member.asp?pid=25

Slide Talks

Lewis and Clark and the Geology of the Great Plains/Nebraska and Adjacent States; Geologic Development of the Ogallala/High Plains Regional Aquifer Across The Great Plains; Floods, Fires, Earthquakes, Landslides and Other Natural Hazards in Nebraska and Elsewhere; Fossils from Nebraska's Ancient Seas

Hands-on Activities

Mineral and Rock Identification; Fossil Identification; Topographic and Geologic Map Reading; What is Sand?; Techniques for Collecting and Identifying Microscopic Fossils from Sediments and Sedimentary Rocks

What target audiences is this activity most geared towards:

  • College
  • OLLI - lifelong learning for adults 50 years and older
  • General Public
  • Families

SNR goes to the Public or the Public comes to SNR?

Both ways

Robert (Bob) Diffendal, public speaker

Steve Hu, Public Speaker

Contact: Qi (Steve) Hu, qhu2@unl.edu, 402-472-6642
Website: /aboutus/who/people/Faculty-member.asp?pid=54

What target audiences is this activity most geared towards:

  • Pre-K/Elementary School
  • Middle/High School
  • College
  • OLLI - lifelong learning for adults 50 years and older
  • General Public
  • Families
  • Technical

SNR goes to the Public or the Public comes to SNR?

Both ways

Steve Hu, Public Speaker

The Great Reservoir Race

Contact: Tonya Bernadt, tbernadt5@unl.edu, 402-472-2712

Kids of all ages enjoy this hands-on activity using sponges, plastic cylinders, and lots of water. We give up to four players 15 seconds to see how much water they can squeeze from a sponge into a cylinder. The cylinder is marked with gradations to indicate above-normal, normal and below-normal conditions. We talk about what variation in precipitation means for people, plants and animals.

Sponsored by National Drought Mitigation Center

"I wanna make it overflow." –visitor to Dinosaurs and Disasters at the Nebraska State Museum

What target audiences is this activity most geared towards:

  • Pre-K/Elementary School

SNR goes to the Public or the Public comes to SNR?

SNR goes to the Public

The Great Reservoir Race

UNL Summer Weather Camp

Contact: Ken Dewey, kdewey1@unl.edu, 402-472-2908
Website: http://snr.unl.edu/lincolnweather/weathercamp/

Weather Camp is a week-long day camp for students who are ages 11-14 at the time of the camps. The camp will take place Monday - Friday and will run from 9am - 5pm each day. On Friday, in the evening, we will have a picnic for our campers and their families followed by a program in Hardin Hall where awards will be given and campers will be able to showcase their activities from the weather camp week. During the week, campers will get to use instruments to make their own weather observations, meet forecasters at the National Weather Service, learn about the local weather of Nebraska from tornadoes to blizzards, visit the office of Emergency Management, learn about storm preparedness, learn about weather and climate related careers, and visit a TV weather studio to watch the news and weather live in the studio.

Sponsored by School of Natural Resources

Time Period: One week in June

Location: Hardin Hall, East Campus, UNL with field trips to area locations

"I didn't know there were other kids like me out there." –Camp Participant

What target audiences is this activity most geared towards:

  • Middle/High School

SNR goes to the Public or the Public comes to SNR?

Public comes to SNR

UNL Summer Weather Camp

Weather and Climate in the Classroom

Contact: Ken Dewey, kdewey1@unl.edu, 402-472-2908

Simple experiments and hands-on demonstrations of how to encorporate weather and climate in many classroom subjects.

Sponsored by School of Natural Resources

What target audiences is this activity most geared towards:

  • Middle/High School
  • College
  • General Public
  • Families

SNR goes to the Public or the Public comes to SNR?

Both ways

Weather and Climate in the Classroom