Display offers new way to learn about natural resources

Wallace Elementary first-graders Ethan Minard (left) and
Brody Eckhardt (right) watch as Atticus Heneger uses tongs
to pull an item out of the Nebraska-shaped "board game,"
"Operation: Conservation" Friday afternoon. Similar to the
game Operation, if the tongs hit the edges of the cubbyhole,
the replica of the state capitol lit up.

Did you realize that since they were founded in 1972, Nebraska's 23 natural resources districts have sold a combined total of 89 million seedling trees for windbreaks and other conservation functions?

How about this one: Did you know the NRDs maintain around 15,500 acres across the state as public recreation areas? Or, did you have any idea that the districts hold permits for a combined total of 959 flood control dams?

These and other statistics offer a glimpse of what Nebraska's NRDs do for the state's citizens. And with a new interactive display built by a Hastings man, that information now is available to kids of all ages — or at least those with the dexterity to pluck a toy out of a cubbyhole using tongs.

Click here to see the video.

To read more, see Wednesday's Hastings Tribune or the Tribune e-edition.>>>

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