Partner Spotlight

The 21st CCLC Partner Spotlight highlights the work of organizations committed to partnering with afterschool and summer programs across Nebraska. Featured partners have demonstrated a commitment to working with program leaders and staff to identify ways to mutually accomplish identified goals. Contact the featured partners to explore the possibilities for bringing unique and engaging learning opportunities to your students.

We have a NEW Partner Spotlight Organization!


Future KidsEmpowering Youth to Create a Better Future Through Affordable After School Sports Programs

Future Kids


Beyond School Bells websiteBeyond School Bells


NASA Nebraska Space Grant website
NASA Nebraska Space Grant


Nebraska English learners program website link
NDE: Nebraska English Learner Program


Nebraska forest service website linkNebraska aboretum program link
Nebraska Forest Service / Nebraska Statewide Arboretum


Nebraska Library Commission


About NRDs | Nebraska's Natural Resources Districts
Nebraska’s Natural Resources Districts


Read Aloud Nebraska

Click2Science websiteClick2Science


KNB website link

Nebraska Agriculture in the Classroom


Nutrition Services linkNDE: Nutrition Services

Nebraska AppleseedNebraska Appleseed

Nebraska Game and Parks linkNebraska Game and Parks


NDE: Nebraska Migrant Education


NPPD logoNebraska Public Power District


Nebraska Extension websiteUniversity of Nebraska Lincoln Extension-Nebraska 4-H

KNB website linkKeep Nebraska Beautiful


Nebraska council on economic education website link

Nebraska Council on Economic Education



Nebraska extension master gardener volunteer program website linkNebraska Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Program


Nebraska Healthy Schools ProgramNDE: Nebraska Healthy Schools


Nebraska Museums Association linkNebraska Museums Association

The Bay
The Bay

Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium


UNL State MuseumUniversity of Nebraska
State Museum-Morrill Hall


Listings are from current Partner Spotlight organizations and include professional development and funding opportunities relevant to program leaders and staff working in afterschool/summer programs.

If you interested in being recognized as a Partner Spotlight organization, or if you are currently a Partner Spotlight organization and would like to post an upcoming professional development or funding opportunity on this site, contact Kim Larson,

Nebraska Forest ServiceNebraska Forest Service

Jack Hilgert
Conservation Education Coordinator
Nebraska Forest Service, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

CLICK to see information regarding:

Neighborhood Nature Walks: Trees & Me Workshop

  • April 3rd; 7-8:30 PM CT Online via Zoom
  • April 4th; 6:30-8:30 PM CT
    IN PERSON at Nebraska Extension in Douglas-Sarpy County, 8015 W Center Rd, Omaha, NE 68124

Arbor Day Middle & Secondary Educator Workshop
Monday April 10th, 2022; 10 AM to Noon PM CST Online via Zoom

City Nature Challenge: Citizen Science Educator Workshop
April 11th; 7-9 PM CT Online via Zoom

Getting Little Feet WET Educator Workshop, Hastings Museum
April 11th; 6:30-8:30 PM CT
IN PERSON at Hastings Museum, 1330 N Burlington Ave, Hastings, NE 68901

Let’s Learn About Forests PLT MiniWorkshop
April 12th; 5:30-7:30 CST or April 13th; 12-2 PM CST Online via Zoom

Trees and Littles Early Childhood Professional Development, Nebraska City
April 18th; 6:30-8:30 PM CT
IN PERSON at Arbor Bank, 911 Central Ave 2nd Floor, Nebraska City, NE 68410 in the lower level Community Room

Arbor Day Early Learner Educator Workshop
April 17th; 6:30-8:30 PM CT Online via Zoom

Don’t forget about our Online Monthly Workshop Series
Teach Outside! Monthly Outdoor Learning Educator Workshop Series
Monthly on the 3rd Thursday at 3:30 pm CST

Leading Little Learners in Nature! Early Childhood Educator Series
On the 4th Monday of each month

Click the link to view the Nebraska Forest Service workshops  OR scan the code:

Walk to Unlock NebraskaWalk to Unlock Nebraska

The Walk to Unlock Nebraska (WTUN) program is a robust physical activity program with a cross-curricular education
component that provides set checkpoints across the state of Nebraska for youth to visit virtually while tracking live
physical activity time conducted in one’s school, after-school program or home.

Questions: Erika Wibbels

Click2ScienceThe Spring Community of Practice for Click2Engineering begins April 5.  This CoP introduces out-of-school time educators to the basics of engineering and leading engineering activities with youth.  Click here to register.

The upcoming April 26th Click2Science virtual workshop will focus on Supporting Productive Failure. Join this virtual workshop to learn how you can create learning experiences that support youth and help them persist through their frustration and learn from failures. Click here to register.

National Afterschool
Advancing Health Equity in Out-Of-School Time Virtual Institute

Out-of-School Virtual InstituteJoin this free training series offered by the OST Health Equity Institute to increase access to healthy eating and physical activity. Information and registration can be found here.

Beyond School Bells

BSB Incentivized ClubsBeyond School Bells Incentivized Clubs
Beyond School Bells is incentivizing Nebraska afterschool programs to use the free, high-quality afterschool curriculum by providing funding for club facilitators, supplies, and evaluation. If you are interested, please email Dakota Staggs at

BSB Youth VideographyYouth Videography
Does your program have any aspiring YouTubers, TikTok Wizards, or video Geeks?  Partner with Beyond School Bells and The Bay/Rabble Mill to provide them with a Youth Videography Club to unleash student voices to tell the story of your afterschool program!

Nebraska Statewide Arboretum
Growing Gardeners with Bloom Box
Sarah Buckley,

Bloom Box opens March 1, 2023

Bloom Box for 21stCCLCs timeline:

  • January-official sign up open, Garden Profiles due 1-31
  • February-Project Learning Tree curriculum training (Jack)
  • March-April-complete 6 PLT activities
    • April-garden training webinar
  • May-planting
    • Site prep approved by photo >1 week before planting date

Children’s Hospital & Medical Center
School Health Learning Collaborative

Sessions are held on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month from 3:00 to 4:00 PM CST. Content focuses on a variety of school health topics.

Register here:

Questions? Contact Kim McClintick,

NASA STEM Engagement Resources for Informal Educators

Use the link above to see many other offerings.  Below are just a few.

Astronaut Tom Marshburn reading Good Night Moon while aboard the space station“Goodnight Moon” in Space
Watch as astronaut Thomas Marshburn reads out loud from the children’s book “Goodnight Moon” by Margaret Wise Brown while floating in microgravity aboard the International Space Station.

First Woman, Issue 1 cover“First Woman” Digital Novel
First Woman tells the tale of Callie Rodriguez, the first woman to explore the Moon. While Callie is a fictional character, the first female astronaut and person of color will soon set foot on the Moon – a historic milestone and part of upcoming NASA missions. Through a series of graphic novels and digital platforms, First Woman aims to capture our attention and unite the next generation of explorers who will return to the Moon.

Updated March 28, 2023 10:36am