Begin your journey along the country's largest rails to trails conversion project. Following this 321-mile long path allows you to step back in time and explore the route taken by travelers heading west in the 19th century. Old mile markers and telegraph poles still stand along the route, and a few historic buildings such as the Neligh Mills remain. Learn more about the trail at:
Ashfall Fossil Bed State Park, named “the Pompeii of prehistoric animals” by National Geographic, was a watering hole 12 million years ago that was buried under ash following a volcanic eruption. Many animals met their end here and paleontologists are still unearthing their fossilized remains. Stop by the visitor's center to see a working fossil preparation laboratory and to find out more about the findings in the region. In the Rhino Barn, visitors can view skeletal remains displayed exactly as they were unearthed by scientists. The park also offers a system of nature trails. Take a look at the park's website to learn more:
Omaha's Children Musuem has many interactive programs for children and adults and several permanent exhibits relating to science. One of their special exhibits, which is open until September 8th, 2013, is called A Bug’s World, and contains giant robotic bugs. The museum also has summer camps running through June, July and August for kids from 4 to 8 years old. For more information, go to http://www.ocm.org/exhibits_camps.aspx
University of Nebraska State Museum in Lincoln offers archaeological and paleontological exhibits and programs for children and adults. One of their special events, Sunday with a Scientist, occurs monthly throughout the year and is an opportunity for both kids and adults to learn about subjects such as paleontological sites, solar energy, and interesting animals. For more information, call 402-472-2642, or visit its website at: www.museum.unl.edu/museum_info/index.html.
The Leary Site was an archaeological site first discovered by William Clark. Although the site is not open to the public, its artifacts can be viewed online. For more information, visit its website: www.cr.nps.gov/nr/travel/lewisandclark/lea.htm.
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