FUNdamental FOCUS, October 2010
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Lincoln Parks & Recreation Newsletter, October 2010

This month's banner image features a fall favorite: pumpkins! Nebraska has over 16 pumpkin patches throughout the state.

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Howling Halloween at Pioneers Park Nature Center

It's going to be a BIG week of Halloween celebrations at the Nature Center, check out all the possibilities here.

Howling Halloween
AmeriCorps Helping in the Core

Ten AmeriCorps members kicked off their year of service on September 4, 2010.  They are working together to offer new and exciting programs, while also enhancing existing programs at "F" Street Community Center, McPhee CLC, and Everett CLC. 

Everett CLC Reach for the Stars members are Suzanna Perez and Lindsay Boyd.  McPhee CLC Reach for the Stars members are Travis Benesch and Morgan Godemann.  Go Green Nebraska member is Steph Custer.  "F" Street Reach for the Stars members are Matt Abrams, Maggie Mitteis and Danielle Smith.  The Go Green Nebraska members at "F" Street are Holly Campbell and Jeffrey Eggerss.  Campbell, Eggerss, Perez and Abrams are starting their second year of service, while the others are beginning their first year.  

For more information about AmeriCorps and how they help Lincoln Parks & Recreation, please click here.

The ten AmeriCorps members serving in the core of Lincoln. Morgan Godemann is not pictured.
F Street AmeriCorps

Garden Volunteers

Every Tuesday and Thursday, Garden Gab volunteers meet from 9-12. Volunteers include community members who love the gardens, master gardeners seeking certification hours, and others who want to give back to the community. The program now hosts 10-15 volunteers per week. Each session varies, ranging from assisting Parks & Recreation staff with re-planting, weeding, dead heading, raking rock, mulching or other activities.    

The Garden Docent program is available for volunteers who assist Parks & Recreation staff with providing tours to the public and informing visitors about the gardens.  This program hosts docents in the gardens on most weekends and at varied times during the week.  Groups of any size are welcome to arrange a free tour of the Sunken Gardens, Hamann Rose Garden, or the Strolling Garden by contacting 441-8267 or 441-8248. 

For more information about these programs please click here or contact Steve Nosal at 441-8267 or

Garden Gab Volunteers and Garden Docents
garden volunteers

Prairie Immersion Program

By the time the last classroom visits the Nature Center on October 15, 1215 LPS 4th graders will have experienced the Prairie Immersion program in 2010.  Funded by the Hugo A. and Thelma Aspegren Charitable Trust, the students have a full day to discover the rich history, the natural diversity and the breath-taking beauty the tallgrass prairie has to offer.  In their words:
Perfect place to be
Rain is scarce
Acres of grass
Insects are cool up close
Raging fires
Indiangrass so tall
Elk on top of the hill

Prairie Immersion program
prairie immersion

On Tuesday, October 5, a perfect fall morning on the prairie, Mayor Chris Beutler, Dr. Marilyn Moore, Lincoln Public Schools Superintendent for Instruction, Lynne Ireland from the State Historical Society, and Jim McDermott of the Nebraska State Fair Board joined Terry Genrich, Natural Resources Manager for Lincoln Parks and Recreation, as well as Mrs. Henn, Heritage School teacher, and 4th graders from Arnold School, representatives of the Lincoln Cares Program, members of the Lincoln Parks and Recreation Advisory Board and Lincoln Parks Foundation, Friends of Pioneers Park Nature Center, Nature Center staff, and interested members of the public to dedicate Heritage School and the Hudson Cabin. Both buildings were formerly at State Fair Park and were moved to the Nature Center after the re-location of the fair.

Hudson Cabin dedication
Heritage School dedication
heritage school dedication

Legacy Tree Grove Planting Ceremony

A sun kissed autumn afternoon welcomed visitors to Antelope Park on Wednesday October 6th for the first ever Legacy Tree Grove Planting Ceremony. 

The Legacy Tree Program was established in 2009 by the Lincoln Parks Foundation and Lincoln Parks & Recreation Department. This program was created to accommodate the many requests received from the public to honor their community or a loved one through a gift of a tree to city parks, trails, and green spaces. This program offers  $100, $250, and $500 levels of participation. Donations support engraved bricks at the Legacy Tree Groves in Antelope Park and Mahoney Park and the planting of new trees and replacement trees throughout the parks system.  The first year of the program welcomed strong participation and approximately 25 memorials and gifts were purchased. These generous gifts allowed a grove of 5 oaks and 11 flowering crabs to be planted in Antelope Park and an additional 30 trees throughout Lincoln's parks. A spring planting ceremony will be held at Mahoney Park for new gifts and each fall we will return to Antelope Park for the fall planting ceremony. $50,000.00 in initial funding and matching grants were made available thanks to the generosity of the Ken Good Environmental Enhancement Fund and the Marjorie Barstow Environmental Enhancement Fund held at the Lincoln Community Foundation. To learn more about this program please visit

Legacy Tree Grove
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Lincoln Parks & Rec waits until after the first hard frost to harvest the Sunken Gardens.