Common Ground Education Program
In 2016, Conservation Nebraska started the Common Ground Program, which educates Nebraskans across the state about conservation issues facing their communities and provides them with the tools they need to improve their local environment. Through locally-led education efforts and community engagement, the Common Ground Program works with Nebraskans to address local conservation concerns.
Throughout the year, we are hosting conservation-focused programs and conversations across the state. The topics discussed at these events include (but are not limited to) clean energy, water quality and conservation, soil health, and land stewardship. At these events, we are reaching people who are passionate about conservation but have never before been involved in their community to make a difference on behalf of the environment.
We have formalized partnerships with various organizations across the state who host our organizers including: Nebraska Crane Trust, Keep North Platte and Lincoln County Beautiful, and Lauritzen Gardens. In addition, we have partnered with more than 175 organizations to host educational programs and support our common work. We are reaching out not just to organizations that focus on conservation, but also to organizations that serve the community in other ways. For example, we have connected not only with Natural Resources Districts, University Extension, and Public Power Districts, but also with Chambers of Commerce, Public Health Departments, and social service organizations.
An important component of the Common Ground Program is canvassing door to door to meet people where they are. This is important because Common Ground isn’t just about engaging people who are already passionate about the environment. This program is about building connections with Nebraskans who are not knowledgeable or concerned about our environment and growing the base of people across the state who see themselves as conservationists.
We have found Nebraskans united in their love for the outdoors and concern about the political division in our country. Our goal is to translate their concerns into a shared conservation ethic that will overcome political division and protect our natural resources for years to come.
Get Involved in Common Ground!
Attend An Event
Every month we host 25 events across the state. These events focus on a wide range of topics, including (but not limited to) soil health, clean energy, recycling, composting, and water. Our events typically last about an hour, and are presented in a variety of formats, from having an expert come and give a presentation, to providing a demonstration or a tour, to screening a film. Check out our event list to join us at an event near you!
Join our Email List
Every week we send a newsletter that covers the most important conservation issues facing our state and country. We also provide alerts about events happening near you, and how you can take meaningful action to protect the environment at the local, state, and national level.
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Common Ground would not be able to do this important environmental work without some of our amazing partners!