Pioneer Park Nature Center, Lincoln

4.7
#2 of 16 in Wildlife in Nebraska
Welcome to Pioneers Park Nature Center…

668 acres of tallgrass prairie, woodlands, wetlands and a stream.

Since 1963 the Nature Center has served the Lincoln area as an environmental education center and wildlife sanctuary. Eight miles of hiking trails wind through various habitats and take visitors past non-releasable raptor exhibits, as well as bison, elk, and white-tailed deer.

Two interpretive buildings house hands-on and small animal exhibits. The Edna Shield’s natural play area for Children provides a place for kids to dig, build and climb. Prairie, bird, children’s and herb gardens with many labeled specimens are both beautiful and instructive. Programming includes a preschool, nature camps, school hikes, scout badge work, birthday parties, special events and a variety of other classes for all ages. The Nature Center is open 362 days a year.

Admission is free, suggested donations $3/person, $5/family
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  • We stopped by here and it was miserably cold and windy in October. Not the best day for a visit! The woman at the visitor center was so friendly and outgoing that we couldn't keep being in a bad mood ...  more »
  • Lived in Lincoln twice over the years but only ever visited the columns. This time I took my son to the nature center and the kids play areas. So many trails to walk or bike.  more »
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  • The Nature Center is the centerpiece for this park on the outskirts of Lincoln. The park is known for its hiking trails, golf course, statuary and views of the Nebraska State Capitol building. During the early fall you can frequently see cross country events and the Pinewood Bowl Amphitheater is a great place to take in a concert right there in the park. Pioneer Park is a unique park for anyone! The Pioneer Park Nature Center is a very interactive experience for all ages. Highly recommend exploring the park and go into the Nature Center
  • This place is HUGE with a golf course and lots of very scenic walking trails. There's lots of prairie and a few wooded areas. The highlight of Pioneers Park (and the thing that makes it unique from other parks) is the variety of animals that can be seen up close here. There are a couple of elk, many geese, bison, turkeys, hawks, and owls. Best of all, admission is free. This is a great attraction for couples as well as families and children.

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