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 University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Kimmel Education and Research Center
is located at 5985 G Road, Nebraska City, Nebraska.
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Upcoming Events and Programs...



"Birds, Bees, and Flowers in the Trees" Trail Walk

Let's celebrate Arbor Day!

Friday, April 25, 2014

Location: Kimmel Education and Research Center, 5985 G Rd., Nebraska City, NE

Join Vaughn Hammond, Extension Educator at the UNL Kimmel Education & Research Center on a walking tour of Kimmel Orchard and Vineyard.   Enjoy the fruit trees in bloom, the birds that inhabit the orchard and all the buzzing creatures that are attracted to this unique habitat.   Come to enjoy the orchard, hike the trails and learn about nature.  11:00- 11:30 Kick-off, 11:30-12:30 Orchard hike.  Bring a sack lunch.

For more information, contact Vaughn Hammond at l 402-873-3166 or email:

Need to Add a Little Spark to Life?

Have Fun with Wine & Chocolate!

Creative souls need to replenish their Inner Leaders from time to time, and that is exactly what "Fun with Wine & Chocolate" aims to do! Say "goodbye" to the traditional keynote and "hello" to fun with wine and chocolate! This might be the perfect icebreaker for your next conference or group meeting! The objectives of "Fun with Wine and Chocolate" include:

  • Sparking your imagination
  • Igniting your creative juices
  • Generating new ideas & positive momentum
  • Creating true intentions and actions
  • Rejuvenating your soul
  • Having fun!

By: Connie Reimers-Hild, PhD, CPC

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For any additional questions or information about leadership development programs, contact Dr. Connie Reimers-Hild at the UNL Kimmel Education and Research Center 402-873-3166 or by email:




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NEW! Educational Kimmel Field Trips for 2014

Now scheduling for Pre K through 8th grade

Take your class on an exciting and educational 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).

Follow this link to see details of educational program choices, or to signup...

photo of kids during robotics What is First® Lego® League?

It is MUCH more than playing with legos...planning, brainstorming, collaborating and teamwork is what the First® Lego® League team members are doing. The youth meet after school weekly and their research, presentation and technical skills will be 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 to14 year olds around the world. Regional competitions will provide an opportunity for area teams to advance to the state competition in February.

For any additional questions, or for information about youth development programs, contact Dr. Deborah Weitzenkamp at the UNL Kimmel Education and Research Center 402-873-3166 or by email:





Are you a mid-career professional involved in water resources management,production agriculture, the law, business, fisheries and wildlife, or recreation and environmental sciences? 

Nebraska Water Leaders Academy

The Nebraska Water Leaders Academy is a one year program that identifies community leaders and educates them about water issues and proven leadership skills. The Academy prepares participants to take active, cooperative approaches to decision making about water resource issues in both rural and urban areas. Leading academic scholars and top policy makers serve as program facilitators and mentors.   Read more... (pdf, 160 KB)

Currently, the leadership component of the NE Water Leaders Academy is being facilitated by Dr. Connie Reimers-HIld, UNL Extension Educator at Kimmel Education and Research Center.

More information is available on the Nebraska State Irrigation Association website, please click here!



photo of leavesLeadership Development & Coaching

Helping individuals and businesses grow their leadership and innovation potential through fun programs and presentations as well as effective coaching!

By: Dr. Connie Reimers-Hild, Ph.D.
Dr. Connie does coaching, speaking, teaching and consulting. She can help you grow your career, business, or new venture through research-based leadership and innophoto of Dr. Connie Reimers-Hildvation programs and services. Dr. Connie can customize a program to fit your needs as an individual or business! Her newly published book, "Go Wild with Confidence" is now available. Click here for a link!

Follow Dr. Connie on our blog:     Email:        Phone: 402-873-3166    

Click here for complete brochure

 "If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader." -- John Quincy Adams, Sixth President of the United States



photo of Vaughn HammondFor information and programming in Value-Added and Alternative Agriculture...


including Specialty Crop education, Master Gardener programs, Beekeeping classes, Viticulture and Woody Florals, contact: Mr. Vaughn Hammond, Extension Educator at 402-873-3166 or email: 


Click here for a link for a radio interview with Vaughn Hammond about his Afghanistan experience.




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 Kimmel Orchard & display of stacked jellies

The Kimmel Orchard and Vineyard retail store, next door to our building, will RE-OPEN in April, 2014. We anxiously await Spring to see what will be in store for us! 

See what's happening....CLICK HERE for the Kimmel Orchard & Vineyard website!



Let's Apple Up!

"APP"le Up with Kimmel Education and Research Center and plant the seeds of innovation in community, leaders & entrepreneurs, local foods, youth, and health & wellness.  Join the Kimmel team and let's creatively grow together!

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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.

Extension Highlights



UNL Extension: 2013 Statewide Impact Report

An Important resource for all Nebraskans: Why Extension? Nebraskans trust, value and use the unbiased, research-based knowledge of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln to solve important problems and create real-life opportunities. UNL Extension is uniquely positioned, as a part of the land-grant university system, to create robust learning resources delivered across our statewide network of Extension professionals that improve Nebraskan's lives and livelihoods helping all of Nebraska grow and prosper.  Moreā€¦

Dr. Wayne Moore named Associate Director/Associate Dean - UNL Extension

It is our pleasure and honor to announce that Dr. Wayne Moore has accepted our offer to join UNL Extension as
our Associate Director/Associate Dean.

Dr. Moore has extensive experience as an Extension Specialist, Regional Director for the University of Missouri Extension, Vice President and Director of Internal Communications for the American State Bank in Lubbock, Texas and, most recently, as District Director for Purdue Extension. Dr. Moore holds a Ph.D. in Consumer Economics from Texas Tech University, M.S. in Clinical Psychology from Millersville State University of Pennsylvania and a B.S. in Biblical Counseling from Lancaster Bible College.

Dr. Moore will begin his duties as Associate Director/Associate Dean on February 1, 2014. Please welcome Dr. Moore to UNL Extension!!!

UNL Extension's Hort Update for March, 2014Ash Bore

An email newsletter designed to assist horticulture professionals and Extension staff with seasonal environmental topics for lawns, trees and shrubs, landscape ornamentals, fruits and vegetables, and miscellaneous items.  Share with your colleagues and friends Hort Update,  Visit our web site for archived issues .

 CropWatch Newslettercropwatchlogo

UNL Extension cropping system experts discuss the latest updates on cropping issues in Nebraska such as appearance of Pythium in corn and soybeans, wheat disease updates, and a new UNL climate app. During the growing season, each weeks CropWatch newsletter is posted on Fridays at

Acreage Insights e-NewsAcreageInsights

The April Acreage Insights e-News, published by UNL Extension Acreage team, is a monthly electronic newsletter providing acreage owners with timely information to better manage their rural living environment. Click here to subscribe to this newsletter or check out the team's Acreage Insight web resources (

 UNL Extension's BeefWatch for April 2014

Check out the latest issue of UNL BeefWatch Newsletter. newsletter, designed to assist Beef producers and professionals. You may subscribe to receive this newsletter in your email and view the latest summaries on beef industry issues at 

 Programs for Communities (Free)Community1

As a leader in your community, often you are asked to present a program to club meetings, civic groups or professional organizations. Finding information for such a program and then organizing it can be challenging and time consuming. Look no further!

Faculty from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension are providing you research-based, educational program resources free-of-charge. Information in each program is based on research from educational institutions around the world. The programs listed reflect the variety of topics which our clientele cite as issues within their communities. Congratulations on leading your organization to a greater understanding of these priorities!  For lessons....


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Extension Webcasts

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Provides current grain/livestock market commentary and analysis; weather, climate, and soil moisture updates; practical advice from seasoned, working producers; and more.

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View entire episodes or search for answers to your plant, yard, and insect problems. Watch Backyard Farmer live on NET1 April to mid September (Thursday, 7:00 pm CT). 

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Audio and video interviews with University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension specialists and educators on topics ranging from crop and livestock production to health and nutrition to lawn and garden care, and more.