Be a Citizen Scientist with NET and Homestead National Monument

News Release Date: 
April 2, 2019

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For Immediate Release

Be a Citizen Scientist with NET and Homestead National Monument

LINCOLN, Neb. (April 2, 2019) – Spring is one of nature’s greatest performances – a time of rebirth, renewed energy and dramatic transformations. Be a part of this change from winter to spring at Homestead National Monument of America in Beatrice, Neb., during an event planned to coincide with the broadcast of “NATURE: American Spring LIVE” on NET, Nebraska’s PBS & NPR Stations.

Homestead National Monument is partnering with NET to present a family event on Saturday, April 20. Participants can become citizen scientists who join researchers in collecting data and investigate how organisms respond to the change of seasons. Activities are planned from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Participants will experience nature, participate in hands-on activities and gain a snapshot of the area’s biodiversity. There will be guided walks throughout the day, including a bird walk, plant walk and entomology walk.

It will also feature BioBlitz, which focuses on finding and identifying as many species as possible in a specific area over a short period of time. Scientists, along with families, students, teachers and other community members will work together to get a snapshot of the area’s biodiversity. Participants will also learn about the iNaturalist and eBird apps.

In addition, there will be booths featuring activities, crafts and information on different citizen science organizations, their projects and how you can get involved at home on your own.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information about this event and additional “NATURE: American Spring LIVE” projects and events across Nebraska, visit

NET is conducting these citizen science events in honor of the “Nature: American Spring LIVE” broadcast airing for three consecutive nights starting at 7 p.m. CT, Monday, April 29-Wednesday, May 1, on NET and Facebook.

The multi-platform event will show springtime phenomena in various locations across the country, in ecosystems ranging from the Rockies to the Everglades, from inner-city parks to remote wilderness preserves.

A diverse group of researchers and citizen scientists will investigate how a wide range of organisms respond to the change of seasons at iconic locations across America. They will share their insights into the natural world, reveal new technologies that make their discoveries possible and encourage audiences to join the adventure of science.

Additional partners for “Nature: American Spring LIVE” include the Bird Cams Lab and Celebrate Urban Birds projects (Cornell Lab of Ornithology), The Great Sunflower Project (San Francisco State University), The Monarch Larva Monitoring Project (University of Minnesota Monarch Lab), Track-a-Lilac with Nature’s Notebook (USA National Phenology Network), SciStarter (Arizona State University), Next Avenue (Twin Cities PBS), and the National Park Service.

Additional NET partners include: Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium/Omaha STEM Ecosystem, Ducks Unlimited, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Beyond School Bells (Nebraska Children and Families Foundation) and Nebraska Game and Parks Commission.

“Nature” is a production of THIRTEEN PRODUCTIONS LLC for WNET and PBS. For “Nature,” Fred Kaufman is Executive Producer, Bill Murphy is Series Producer and Janet Hess is Series Editor. “American Spring LIVE” is a production of Berman Productions, Inc. and THIRTEEN PRODUCTIONS LLC for WNET. Al Berman is Executive Producer and Ann Johnson Prum is Senior Producer.

Major support for “Nature: American Spring LIVE” was made possible in part by the National Science Foundation and Anne Ray Foundation.

Additional financial support was provided by the Arnhold Family in memory of Clarisse Arnhold, Sue and Edgar Wachenheim III, the Kate W. Cassidy Foundation, the Lillian Goldman Charitable Trust, Kathy Chiao and Ken Hao, the Anderson Family Fund, the Filomen M. D’Agostino Foundation, Rosalind P. Walter, the Halmi Family in memory of Robert Halmi, Sr., Sandra Atlas Bass, Doris R. and Robert J. Thomas, Charles Rosenblum, by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and by the nation’s public television stations.

Learn more about “Nature: American Spring LIVE”:,, @PBSNature,,, #AmericanSpringLivePBS

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CONTACT: Sandi Karstens, 402-470-6578,

NET, Nebraska’s PBS & NPR Stations, is the statewide public media service dedicated to creating opportunities for Nebraskans to engage with critical issues, compelling stories and quality entertainment. NET serves each of Nebraska’s 93 counties with 52,560 hours of programming each year on four television and two radio channels, plus online and mobile content. In addition to providing free, high-quality educational programming for children, NET provides programming in the arts, award-winning news and current affairs information and emergency alert services. For more information about NET, visit