Community Resources to Connect, Learn and Share

…and they are all free from Nebraska Extension!

Educational Community Resources

Have you ever been asked to present a program or talk to a civic or community group, club or professional organization? Sometimes looking up ideas and information, then organizing it can be challenging and take a lot of time. Nebraska Extension is making it a lot easier for you by providing educational resources for you – free, on-line! No sign-in required.  Everything from the benefits of Chocolate (love this!) to timely resources on bullying and finances.  Here are the current programs available for 2014 and what’s coming for 2015:

For details about each program and to download the free educational resources, visit


  • What’s in Your Drink? Making Healthier Choices (coming soon)
  • Little Kids Cook! (available on-line now)

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Winter Wildlife Projects

Binoculars are great gifts for people who love  wildlife.

Binoculars are great gifts for kids and adults of all ages who love learning about wildlife.

Winter is a terrific time to work on projects to help you attract wildlife next spring. Do you want to attract more songbirds? How about bats to help keep down insects like mosquitoes? You can encourage important pollinators by building an insect hotel or nesting box for solitary bees and placing it outside in the early spring. Enlist your children/grandchildren to help plan a butterfly-friendly/bee garden using a combination of native plants and more.

If you have a friend or family member who loves wildlife, consider the gift of a bird house, feeder or bird bath. Encourage native solitary bees with the gift of a bee nesting block or house. Gift certificates to your local nursery would make great stocking stuffers. Field guides, journaling notebooks and a set of binoculars are great gifts any time of year.   Continue reading

New Warning! Laundry Detergent Packets!


The Nebraska Regional Poison Center gives a update on new warning on laundry detergent packets and the effects on small children.

Detergent packets look like candy to young children

Detergent packets look like candy to young children

Poison centers across the country have seen an increase in calls about pediatric exposure to single-use laundry detergent packets. These colorful little packets of laundry detergent are convenient, but they are very attractive and pose a real risk to small children. Some young children who swallow or bite into these small packets have become very ill and have required hospitalization. Other children have gotten the product in their eyes, resulting in significant eye irritation.
A new study in the journal Pediatrics, examined national poison center data from 2012-2013 and found that 17,230 young children were exposed to these packets. Almost 800 of these children were hospitalized.

The Nebraska Regional Poison Center reports a 14% increase in calls pertaining to laundry detergent packets in 2014 over the previous year. So far in 2014, 59 of the 91 children in Nebraska exposed to single-use laundry detergent packets required treatment in an emergency department; 12 of those children were hospitalized.
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