AmeriCorps Spotlight: Nate Ostdiek

Meet Nate Ostdiek! Nate has been serving with Conservation Nebraska's AmeriCorps Common Ground Program since September 2022. He loves reading, hiking, camping, gardening, giving his partner's dog, Stella, belly rubs, and is a humongous fan of Star Wars. Nate graduated...

AmeriCorps Spotlight: Sarah McLain

Meet Sarah McLain. Sarah has been serving with Conservation Nebraska’s AmeriCorps Common Ground program since March 2022. She loves traveling, gardening, baking, playing guitar, dying her hair, making mixed media art, and, most of all, meeting new people.Sarah has...

Staff Spotlight:  Favian Mendez

Meet Favian Mendez, former Communications Intern, now Program Manager for Conservation Nebraska!Favian was born in Washington and a few years later, moved to Crete, Nebraska when he was four. Like any child, he liked to spend time outside and ride his bike to the city...

Know Nebraska: Backyard Livestock

Nebraska is no stranger to livestock. Cows outnumber humans by 3.5x, and three Nebraska counties are currently among the top US cattle counties (Cherry, Custer, and Holt County). However, when thinking about livestock in Nebraska, one doesn’t typically tend to picture...

Know Nebraska: Foraging and Food Forests

Food insecurity is an issue that plagues communities across the nation. Food deserts, or areas where residences do not have access to a reliable source of healthy food within a convenient traveling distance (typically a full service grocery store, rather than a corner...

Know Nebraska: Nebraska Invasive Species

What are invasive species? Though the natural world doesn’t follow man-made borders, every species on earth has somewhere it originated from, and places where it would throw off the natural balance. The term “invasive species” describes any plant, animal, pathogen,...