The NRD provides many different natural resource educational opportunities.  One of these, after a year of planning, is the Greenhouse Project that will be built on land south of the main NRD building. This land is leased, on a long-term lease, from the Scottsbluff Airport Authority. The project consists of an outdoor educational facility and includes a geothermal greenhouse, 70 plots of native and introduced grasses, a learning/classroom area, tree identification plantings and a perimeter of pollinators that will include bee hives.

The greenhouse will be used to grow vegetables and citrus which will be donated to the local Veterans Home and to other groups that combat hunger.  Geothermal greenhouses use less water and energy than those traditional above ground and the NRD feels it is a perfect way to teach conservation and sharing. There is an educational area planned within the greenhouse for students and volunteers to learn planting, care and alternative farming techniques. The native grass area outside of the greenhouse will be an invaluable resource for students learning plant science, range judging, and local ecology.  Community members who want to incorporate grasses or trees on their properties will appreciate the plots of native mixtures for the Conservation Reserve Program. this includs CP-1, CP-2,CP-4D, and CP-25 mixtures.  There will be exhibits of grass mixes suitable for wildlife, haying or grazing, and 70 different types of trees and shrubs as well.

This project is entirely funded by donations and through grants.  We are excited that through very generous community donors we are almost ready to start building! If you would like to be a part of this and donate to a very worthwhile project or to learn more please contact NPNRD Assistant Manager Barb Cross at 308-632-2749 or come out and visit us, we’d love to talk with you!


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