Centennial Splash


                          Nebraska Extension                       at Kimmel Education and Research Center

in Nebraska City, Nebraska

You are invited to join us! We are excited about the 12 or more learning activities planned for AppleJack in Nebraska City.

We are focused on growing curious minds during this year's AppleJack Festival in Nebraska City to be held on September 19 – 20.  Nebraska Extension educators and staff will host a variety of free and educational activities during the two-day celebration.

Help us share this information! CLICK HERE TO PRINT  a letter size poster (PDF, 2 mb) to display.

#HappyOrchard will be featured during AppleJack this year. Download the new #HappyOrchard App on your iPad or tablet and play to learn more about pollination. Join the Orchard Scavenger Hunt and use your smartphone to enhance your orchard experience. Meet the authors and hear a story about a bee named Blue and how she learns to be happy. You will also meet the other #HappyOrchard characters, including pollinators: Buzz, Bonita, Flutter and Ernie.

Several more free educational activities and programs will be available to the public. Stop by the butterfly house and learn about differences between butterflies and moths. Compare apples to potatoes with a microscope. Visit the arthropod zoo and learn about insects, spiders and more! Take a spin on a blender bike and find out how much energy it takes to make a fruit smoothie! Tell us your opinion in a video selfie with Big RED Talks. Learn about the 29 degree programs and 2 professional programs offered by the UNL College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources. A CASNR recruitment coordinator will assist in matching students' interests and career goals.

Step outside and take a closer look at the science behind agriculture in the UNL Mobile Science Lab. For a tasty treat, the UNL Food Science & Technology Club will be selling UNL Dairy Store ice cream in their mobile trailer.

For more information, contact Kimmel Education and Research Center, 5985 G Road, Nebraska City, NE 68410 by phone 402-873-3166 or email: kimmel@unl.edu

Our new "Happy Orchard App" is ready to launch...

It is fun and educational, too. We're excited to introduce our pollinator friends at Happy Orchard to you! For Ipads or tablets, go to your App store, search for #HappyOrchard and download for FREE!


Also, please enjoy these downloadable coloring pages and share with your friends.

Click on each page shown, print, and have some fun!

Let's Creatively Grow Together...


~~Volunteer Opportunities~~

Would you like to help?

Become part of our team where youth and adults learn, grow and work together. We have various volunteer opportunities available now at Kimmel Education and Research Center.

To download the Kimmel Volunteer Enrollment Form, go to: http://digitalcommons.unl.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1033&context=kimmelfacpub

To download the Youth Protection Screening Form, go to: http://digitalcommons.unl.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1034&context=kimmelfacpub

~~Youth and Child Development~~

These students were enthustiastic about learning during Code Camp.

Summer Workshop Opportunities

We are excited about your child's potential to grow their skills in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics...and we are super excited about building a better partnership for your child's educational future! Take a closer look at some of the workshops we offer.

By: Deb Weitzenkamp, PhD, Extension Educator in Child and Youth Development

Code Camp                                  

Youth had  the opportunity to learn introductory computer science!  This class wss designed for anyone interested in coding…if you can read, you can code in this game environment!  Youth learned critical thinking, logic, persistence, and creativity to help them excel at problem solving in all subject areas!

Code Camp Train-the-Trainer

Train-the-Trainer was designed to train an adult or teen to help youth learn introductory computer science!  This class was designed for anyone interested in helping youth learn coding in a game environment!  Trainers learned to assist with critical thinking, logic, persistence, and creativity to help youth excel at problem solving in all subject areas!

First Lego League                               

An introduction for Middle School students to build and command robots to perform functions like grasp an object, hit a ball, avoid obstacles and more! A creative learning experience and great fun, too! Complete real-world engineering and computer science challenges. This camp was held at Kimmel Education and Research Center in Nebraska City.                                      

Makey Makey

Reimagining uses for everyday objects by turning them into a video game controller, keyboard, piano, or whatever possible to imagine is what the learners tried at this camp.  If you like Design & Engineering, Electrical Engineering, or hands-on making, then watch for more sessions like this.  This camp was recently held at Kimmel Education and Research Center.




Junk Drawer Robotics

By: Deb Weitzenkamp, PhD, Extension Educator in Child and Youth Development

Students at a local elementary recently learned about science, technology, engineering and math -- all using miscellaneous things from Dr. Deb's junk drawer! From a catapult to a 3D tic-tac-toe game to a robotic arm, the students engineered these items using  tape, string, cups, styrofoam, tubing, syringes, rubberbands, washers, and did we say "tape" --- lots of tape! The students learned to sort and identify, draw their plan on paper and experiment for best results. The class met once a week after school for six weeks.


If you are interested in more information about any of these workshops or classes, contact Dr. Deb Weitzenkamp at 402-873-3166 or email deb.weitzenkamp@unl.edu

cartoon of students riding a bus

Fun & Educational Kimmel Field Trips

Now scheduling for Pre K through 8th grade


By: Deb Weitzenkamp, PhD, Extension Educator in Child and Youth Development

Take your class on an exciting and educational field trip to Kimmel in Nebraska City. For only $5 per youth, your class or youth group will get to experience hands-on learning at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Kimmel Education and Research Center, as well as the Kimmel Orchard. Each field trip will include your selected educational experience led by Dr. Deb Weitzenkamp, a guided tour of the Apple Barn, and a hayrack ride through the orchard (weather permitting).

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What is First® Lego® League?


It is MUCH more than playing with legos! The First® Lego® League team members develop teamwork by planning, brainstorming and collaborating. The youth meet after school weekly and their research, presentation and technical skills are put to test at First® Lego® League competitions. Dr. Deb Weitzenkamp, along with volunteer adult coaches, parents and school staff, guide students to prepare for competition.

First® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) was founded by inventor Dean Kamen to inspire young people's interest and participation in science and technology. In 1998 he joined with Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen of LEGO® to create the program, First® Lego® League, for 9 to 14 year olds around the world. Regional competitions will provide an opportunity for area teams to advance to the state competition in February.

For information about youth development programs, contact Dr. Deborah Weitzenkamp at the UNL Kimmel Education and Research Center - 402-873-3166


~~Community Vitality Initiative~~

Our newest focus area is committed to fostering the future of Nebraska communities through:

  • Creating 21st century communities attractive to young adults and families
  • Engaging youth and young adults in civic and leadership opportunities
  • Increasing employment by growing Nebraska's businesses



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5985 G Road, Nebraska City, Nebraska   68410

 Next door at Kimmel Orchard & Vineyard...store display of stacked jellies

The Kimmel Orchard and Vineyard Historic Apple Barn located right next door is NOW OPEN for the season. Be sure to stop in often and see what's in store for each season!

 CLICK HERE for the Kimmel Orchard & Vineyard website

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The UNL Kimmel Education and Research Center represents a unique public-private partnership between the Kimmel Orchard and Vineyard Educational Foundation, Inc. and the University of Nebraska. It is located at 5985 G Road, Nebraska City, Nebraska, next to the historic Apple Barn at Kimmel Orchard and Vineyard, northwest of Nebraska City.

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