Kids Klub receives state grant for outdoor education

Published: Sep. 26, 2016 at 9:02 PM CDT
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Children from Kids Klub enjoyed an afternoon at Lake Maloney Monday to learn some camping skills and safety tips.

The Nebraska Game and Parks staff helped teach students how to assemble tents, keep the area clean of trash, and the do's and don'ts of camp fires.

Conner dockery, 4th grade


Fourth grader Asiah Harmon said, "I'm happy and I don't know who they are, I want to say thank you."

Kids Klub received a $10,000 grant from the Nebraska Department of Education to expose students to possible careers in nature.

Harmon said, "I would like to go out and like go to the jungle and like rescue animals and bring them back to health."

Fourth grader Conner Dockery said, "Seeing some real life animals, I would like to explore more animals."

Director of Kids Klub Carrie Leinemann said, "Nebraska's a great place to come back and work once we all grow up and go out in the world. So this exposes them to some things that they can come back to and give back to all of us when we're older. These kids will be the ones in the work force and doing all the things that Nebraska has to offer."

Every week since the beginning of September, KIDS Klub has done some kind of activity to teach it's students more about the outdoors and wildlife.

Leinemann said, "We have been skyping with the Lincoln Children's Zoo and they've been getting some behind the scenes access to feeding time. And then they came out and brought us some of the animals that we had been skyping with."

Harmon said, "I'm scared of snakes and they had a big snake from like to right here to right here and the animals we got to pet was the snake and the skunk and I was scared to do it but I pet it."

They've also been getting some local tips from Nebraska Game and Parks.

Leinemann said, "Some game cams, have been taking pictures and we've been able to see those. We've dissected owl pellets."

Harmon said, "Those were cool. I thought it was going to be nasty, I thought it was going to be gross but once I looked into the little scope thing, you could see bones."

"Like we got to spread them open and we got to see what's inside of them," said Dockery.

"If we didn't have it, then we wouldn't be having this much fun and learning this much stuff," said Harmon.

The kids were also given journals to write how they felt after different activities and they were so excited!

They tell us, they've written pages about what they've learned and experienced.