Nebraskaland June 2019

NEBRASKAland Magazine is dedicated to outstanding photography and informative writing with an engaging mix of articles and photos highlighting Nebraska’s outdoor activities, parklands, wildlife, history and people.

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Other Amenities E.F. Schramm – the namesake of this recreation area – was a University of Nebraska geology professor who donated 277 acres to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, which already owned the 54 acres that housed the state's oldest fi sh hatchery. Schramm wanted the area to be a laboratory where the public could experience nature. Today, visitors to Schramm can visit the education center, then begin their outdoor adventures right out the door. Hikers, bikers and the like can view wildlife on more than 331 acres of land – including three miles of wooded trails – and visit limestone and shale geologic displays. Canoe and kayak access to the Platte River is also available. From playgrounds and picnic areas to birdwatching and a nearby archery range, the grounds of Schramm Park State Recreation Area are just as interesting as the new education center. And it's just beginning. Plans for an interactive stream and treehouse classroom at Schramm are in the near future, providing even more opportunities for nature-based lessons. "Dr. Schramm wanted this area to be a living laboratory," said Douglas. "We're going to make it just that." N For more information on the Schramm Education Center and other opportunities at the recreation area, visit A birdwatching center allows visitors of all ages to view Nebraska's native bird species. June 2019 • Nebraskaland 37

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