Kimmel Education & Research Center

University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension

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Thanks for your help with #HappyOrchard!

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Bees, pollination, local foods, invasive species, cooking with apples….so much to learn!!!

Smart board family funbee girl


We love seeing families learning together at the orchard. It’s a beautiful day at Kimmel Education and Research Center. Our activities are free and educational inside our building. We are open until 4:00 pm today! Stop by and see us!

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Celebrate Educational Fun at AppleJack in Nebraska City!

AppleJack Festival is happening now! We are celebrating Extension’s 100th birthday at Kimmel Education and Research Center, 5985 G Road, Nebraska City, NE. Come visit us and learn about pollinators, invasive species, Makey Makey® science fun, cooking with apples, and so much more. Stop by today until 5:00 pm or on Sunday, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Let’s Creatively Grow Together!



Help us Grow Happy Orchard!

What is the best name for the Blue Orchard Mason Bee pictured below?  Let us know your thoughts while helping us support pollinators.

Our blue bee (yes, it really does exist) is one of our Happy Orchard App characters, and she needs a name!!






Vote for one of the following names:

  1. Abbee
  2. BeeZee
  3. Blue


Write your vote below.  Bonus:  Vote and you will receive a teaspoon of Stock’s Pollinator Mix from Stock Seed Farms.  After you vote, simply email your mailing address to us at so we can send the seeds to you!

If you are in the area for Nebraska City’s annual AppleJack Festival this weekend, make sure to visit us at the Kimmel Education and Research Center so you can take your selfie with our first two characters, help name them and walk away with your packet of seeds.

One of our goals with the Happy Orchard App is to support pollinator habitats.  You can help us by planting the seeds (each teaspoon covers 10 square feet) and letting us know where you are supporting pollinators.  Send us a picture on Twitter and use  #HappyOrchard so we can find you (feel free to tweet me directly at @askdrconnie) or send us an email at We want to see your pollinator support in action!

We look forward to hearing from all of your creative minds, supporting pollinators and growing Happy Orchard together!

Have Fun & Go Wild Pollinating with Happy Orchard!

-Dr. Connie

Twitter:  @askdrconnie


A few notes about the naming contest:  The naming and seed contest for Happy Orchard’s Blue Bee ends on October 1, so get your vote in now!  Also, we have a limit of 1 seed packet per email.

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It’s First Lego League Season!

And we are off!  First Lego League season has begun and it’s shaping up to be an exciting one here in Nebraska City.  Teams are forming at Nebraska City Middle School and at Nebraska City Lourdes Catholic School.  But we aren’t just “playing with legos”, we really are just having fun learning while we are engineering and programming a robot to do lots of really cool things.  And, it’s not just about the robot either, this year First Lego League teams are going to be engaged in helping us all better understand how we learn new things. Who knows what each team will research to determine how to make it even easier for learners to learn?

If that wasn’t enough to convince you to get involved, check out last years videos.


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