Herpel to discuss ‘Nebraska’s Greatest Treasure’ March 21

Mar 10th, 2010 | By | Category: Campus News, Issue, March 11, 2010

The University of Nebraska State Museum will present a program about Nebraska’s water resources as part of its “Sunday with a Scientist” series 1:30-4:30 p.m. March 21 at Morrill Hall.

“Nebraska’s Greatest Treasure” will be led by water education and outreach specialist Rachael Herpel of the UNL Water Center, NU Rural Initiative, and UNL Extension, and program manager Jamie Oltman of The Groundwater Foundation. The program will examine the science behind various issues related to our state’s abundant water resources, including groundwater, surface water, drought and water conservation.

Herpel and Oltman, along with other water educators, will help visitors of all ages better understand how ground and surface water systems function and interact, as well as the impact they have on our lives. Visitors will be able to visualize the groundwater cycle through demonstrations with 3-D flow models and other hands-on activities. A highlight will be the 6-foot flow model dubbed the WATER (WAter, Teaching, Extension, and Research) Machine, made available by UNL Extension. Educators will also discuss various surface water issues such as water run-off, flooding, and precipitation.

Museum visitors will explore why water resources are important and what can be done to preserve them. Volunteers with Lincoln Mayor Chris Beutler’s Water Conservation Task Force will also be on hand to provide fun, practical tips on how to conserve water. The Water Conservation Task Force serves as Lincoln’s Groundwater Guardian Team and is sponsored by the Lincoln Water System.

Sunday with a Scientist is a series of presentations that highlight the work of museum scientists and those from other institutions, while educating kids and families on a variety of topics related to science and natural history.

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