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Lincoln Parks & Recreation Newsletter, September 2010

Welcome to the Parks & Recreation newsletter. We hope this becomes a monthly highlight in your inbox. This month's banner image is of a beautiful monarch butterfly. Do you want to attract butterflies to your garden? Try planting butterfly or swamp milkweed, butterfly bush (Buddleia), zinnia, aster, gayfeather, and Autumn Joy sedum.

Please, feel free to contact us at parks@lincoln.ne.gov with your comments and suggestions. If you know of someone interested in this information, please spread the word by using the link at the bottom to forward this newsletter.  Past newsletters can be found on the News & Publications section of our website.

National Night Out

Over 457 people attended F Street Community Center's National Night Out August, 2, 2010.  National Night Out is the nation's largest crime prevention event.  Attendees had a chance to meet their neighbors, win door prizes, and enjoy hotdogs, chips, and watermelon.

national night out

Calvert Recreation Center's Summer Day Camp a Success

More than 140 kids across the city of Lincoln attended Calvert Recreation Center's Summer Day Camp program.  Campers experienced a variety of field trips including Laser Quest, bowling, movies, the Husker and Saltdogs Baseball stadiums, the Husker football stadium, trips to city parks, nature walks, swimming, and archery.  On average, each camper was out exploring the city of Lincoln at least four times a week.  A weekly trip to the public library also provided a learning experience for campers about Lincoln's public transportation.  Campers even had the opportunity to take tennis lessons or learn a new sport of frisbee golf.

Pioneers Park Nature Center

This fall, treat yourself to a walk through the tallgrass prairie at the Nature Center.  The big bluestem is showing why Willa Cather wrote "The red of the grass made all the great prairie the color of winestains."   Add to that the golden brown of Indiangrass, the gracefulness of switchgrass, the feathery plumes  of little bluestem and the splashes of color of late blooming wildflowers plus the wide sky above and you have a feast for the eye. 

We share our love of the prairie, the sounds of night animals and the stories of stars during our fall hayrack rides.  They are followed by songs and stories around a campfire and hot cocoa.  What could be better on a crisp fall night? You may reserve a single seat or a whole rack.  Available beginning on September 11th, please call us at 441-7895 for dates and times. 

Check out the rest of our fall programming as well.  And do visit us whether you wish to go walking or birding, visit our herb or prairie gardens, see our exhibit animals, or have a place for your children to dig in the sand, touch a snake or make a paper owl. 
Thank you for your continued support of what we do.


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Did you know...

Lincoln Parks & Recreation has 82 miles of commuter/recreation trails and
an additional 46 miles of hiker/biker trails in parks - that's 128 miles of trails!
Go take a hike today!