Nebraska's Natural Resources District is celebrating its 40th anniversary at Husker Harvest Days, and at their building in lot 1106, visitors can do their part by picking up and planting free seedlings and seed mixes of native plants.
It's all in an effort to preserve and conserve Nebraska's natural resources districts. NRD has Colorado blue spruce seedlings, Nebraska prairie seed mixes, and wildflower seeds. They want to use the free plants to engage visitors in the conservation process.
"The Colorado Bruce Spruce is a pretty hardy tree and as of right now there's not any specific blight or wilt that's affecting them, and they grow pretty well across the state. Since we have visitors from across the street we want a tree everyone can plant," says Alyssa Smola of Nebraska Association of Resources Districts.
It's also an opportunity to educate visitors of all ages.
"Tall grass prairies are native to Nebraska and they're very important for wildlife habitat. They are vital for soil formation and it's really good to educate children about what the native species are that were present in Nebraska at the time of settlement," says David Carr of the Central Platte Natural Resources District.
NRD's partners are also in their building, creating what Smola says is "a one-stop shop for anybody who wants to know about conservation programs in Nebraska."
Visitors can get their drinking water tested for nitrates as part of the "Protect Your Groundwater Day," and other groups such as the Forestry Service are also on hand to answer questions.