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Community Vitality Invites You…

CommunityVitalityLogoCommunity Vitality Initiative fosters the Future of Nebraska through:

  • Community-centered capacity building
  • Educational Opportunities that are relevant and research-based
  • Collaborative networks to address opportunities and challenges of rural people and places
  • Collective impact – together we make a difference
You are invited to join the
Community Vitality Initiative (CVI)
All-Inclusive calls -First Wednesday of each month at 9:30 a.m. CT/8:30 a.m. MT​
​1-888-820-1398 – Attendee Code – 6058218#
​Please join the CVI listserv –

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Hands-on experiences in Nebraska’s natural resources!

MasterNatPicJoin the Nebraska Master Naturalist revolution and become part of the legacy!  Nebraska Master Naturalist is excited to announce its upcoming 2015 training schedule.

The Nebraska Master Naturalist Program is an adult education program, focused on providing volunteers with hands-on experiences in Nebraska’s natural resources.  The Master Naturalist program offers the opportunity to get up close and personal with Nebraska’s natural legacy.  Participants will undergo sixty hours of in-depth training, led by experts in their fields.  Learn about Nebraska’s Flora and Fauna, native ecosystems, natural resource interpretation, citizen science, and so much more!

Explore Nebraska alongside scientists, faculty and natural resource professionals.

Contribute your time and expertise through exciting & rewarding volunteer opportunities in habitat conservation, environmental education, citizen science, and more.

Most importantly, connect with Nebraskans who share your passion for nature.

Click here for more information and the 2015 training schedule:

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First Lego League Volunteers Needed!

Many volunteers are needed to make the Nebraska City First Lego League State Qualifying Tournament on January 17th a success.  There is a job for everyone….whether you are in to robotics or not!  Here’s a list of Volunteer Positions.

To volunteer, create a user account on the FIRST Volunteer Information and Matching System (VIMS). The FIRST VIMS will guide you through:

  • creating a FIRST volunteer user account
  • indicating the event in which you would like to volunteer (Pick Nebraska City on January 17th please!)
  • selecting a preferred volunteer position

New this year, all volunteers must be screened through the FIRST Youth Protection Program. Once logged into the FIRST VIMS, volunteers will be linked to the Verified Volunteers system; you do not need to provide your social security number nor pay the $2.50 to volunteer for the Nebraska FIRST Program.

Thank you for volunteering to make a difference in the lives of our youth!

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Poultry, Rabbits, Aquaponics, Hops, Bees, Pumpkins and More!

8c96c616-e214-4c6b-9253-be4462c8ad8bLearn to produce your own food or start a diversified agriculture business on your acreage or in your backyard! UNL Extension will be hosting “Small Spaces, Big Potential”: a Small Scale Farming Workshop on Saturday, November 8th in Nebraska City at the Kimmel Education and Research Center (5985 G Road). Time: 8:45 am to 4:30 pm.  Read more…

UNL Extension:  We provide unbiased, research-based information to the people to ultimately improve their lives.  

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Explore these Rural Futures Institute Grant Opportunities


The Rural Futures Institute is now accepting applications for the third round of RFI Competitive Grants.  This is an opportunity to turn your research and teaching ideas into action that can have an impact on rural people and places.  As you develop your proposals, keep in mind they are looking for BOLD, INNOVATIVE and TRANSDICIPLINARY project ideas.

There are two types of grants you can apply for:

1. Research & Engagement  — The purpose of the RFI Research & Engagement Grant is to foster the development of research and engagement work that addresses critical challenges and opportunities facing rural Nebraska and the Great Plains. These grants are to function as “seed grants” that are designed to lay the foundation for larger requests to funding sources external to the University of Nebraska. Pre-proposals are due December 19, 2014.

2. Teaching & Engagement — The purpose of the RFI Teaching & Engagement Grant is to foster the development of teaching and engagement work that establishes a tradition of faculty-led community engagement and service learning programming. Community engagement and service learning pedagogies develop a structure that forms partnerships between faculty and community agencies/programs and also encourages college student involvement in providing services to meet the community’s needs. Proposals are due January 30, 2015.

You can find the full timelines and more information for both grant programs on their website:


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