Free Seedlings For Public in Celebration of Arbor Day

 

The Papio NRD is giving away FREE seedlings in celebration of Arbor Day 2020!

Now is the perfect time to plant a tree, get your hands dirty, and take part in this year’s state-wide Tree-A-Thon. The goal? Bring the community together to appreciate and positively contribute to nature by planting more than 3,200 trees. 

Here’s all you have to do: PICK UP. PLANT. POSE.

I. PICK UP your bur oak seedlings at the following locations any day of the week from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. (while supplies last):

  • Papio NRD – 8901 S. 154th St., Omaha (box below flagpole outside Visitor’s Center)
  • Heron Haven – 11809 Old Maple Rd, Omaha (under informational kiosk behind Nature Center)
  • Papio NRD Blair Field Office – 1060 Wilbur St, Blair (outside main office doors)

II. PLANT your seedling in a yard, field, or even in a pot or bucket.

III. POSE: Take a photo while planting your tree and post it on our Facebook page with the hashtag #treeselfie for a chance to win free prizes.

Help us celebrate trees!

The Papio NRD is proud to join Beyond School Bells and other dedicated partners in this project: Arbor Day Foundation, Audubon Nebraska, Nebraska’s Natural Resources Districts, Nebraska Forest Service and University of Nebraska.

 

Douglas/Sarpy County Recreation Areas: What’s Open? What’s Not?

 

 

Updated May, 28, 2020

In consultation with the City of Omaha and other partner agencies, the Papio-Missouri River Natural Resources District will open playgrounds, picnic areas, and restrooms at Papio NRD operated and maintained recreation areas on June 1st. The Douglas and Sarpy county parks include Chalco Hills Recreation Area, Prairie View Recreation Area, and river access sites.

Campsites at Elkhorn Crossing river access site remain closed until further notice. All social distancing and Directed Health Measures must be adhered to by all park users. If an inordinate amount of violations occur, the Papio NRD will reevaluate the situation and reimpose restrictions as necessary.   

The status of Papio NRD recreation areas are as follows:

Douglas County

All River Access Sites along the Elkhorn & Platte Rivers 

Hours – 6:00 am to 10:00 pm

OPEN:

  • Playground equipment
  • Picnic areas
  • Restrooms
  • Parking lots

CLOSED:

  • Campsites at Elkhorn Crossing (No tent or RV camping)

The recommended social distancing of six feet is still required between park users.  

 

Prairie View Recreation Area

Hours – 6:00 am to 10:00 pm

OPEN:

  • Trails
  • Prairie View Lake
  • Boat ramps
  • Parking lots
  • Playground equipment
  • Picnic areas
  • Restrooms

The recommended social distancing of six feet is still required between park users.  


Sarpy County

Since Chalco Hills Recreation Area is located in Sarpy County, the Papio NRD coordinates with all of its partners in Sarpy County to ensure it is following the same guidelines in order to protect public health while simultaneously providing its constituents a safe recreational outlet.

Chalco Hills Recreation Area

Hours – 6:00 am to 10:00 pm

OPEN:

  • Trails
  • Wehrspann Lake
  • Boat ramps
  • Parking lots
  • Playground equipment
  • Picnic areas
  • Restrooms

The recommended social distancing of six feet is still required between park users.  

The Papio NRD will update any changes to the status of these recreation areas here on its website.

 

 

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