Young Nebraska Ecologists

Students in grades 9-12 who are looking for a great outdoor adventure are invited to participate in the Young Nebraska Ecologists program! During Young Nebraska Ecologists, students spend time actively exploring prairies along the Platte River in Hamilton County and travel to experience other ecosystems in Nebraska. This is an excellent opportunity to gain valuable knowledge about Nebraska ecosystems and participate in outdoor recreation activities like backpacking. Students will have the opportunity to interact with professionals with careers in ecological science, natural resources, conservation, the arts and science communication. These activities will open new doors for students interested in these topics and help them find exciting new ways to enjoy the outdoors.

How Do I Participate in the Young Nebraska Ecologists?

To apply, download and complete the student application found below including parent/guardian signature and mail to the address listed on the application form or apply online below. Financial assistance is available to students that qualify. Scholarships will help cover the registration fee of the program.

Who Can Come?

Any student presently in grades 9-12 is eligible for Young Nebraska Ecologists. You will need to apply to be a part of the program. We will accept up to 10 students. In most cases we accept all students who apply, however if there are more applicants than we have space for in the program, we will select students based on their expressed interest in participating in the program.


June 24-27, 2024 (Application deadline: May 3, 2024)


Some of the amazing sites we will be visiting include Gjerloff Prairie and Sherman Ranch. Students will be transported by car to field sites and will meet in the band parking lot located east of Aurora High School to load and unload.

View details for YNE 2024

Register online for YNE

Download and print the YNE Application

Download and print the YNE Scholarship Application

2023 YNE Photos on Facebook