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Bringing Farm Life to the City: Agricultural Exhibit at Lincoln Children’s Museum

LINCOLN, Nebraska – The urban landscape of Lincoln may not immediately showcase Nebraska’s strong agricultural roots. However, the Lincoln Children’s Museum is bridging this gap by introducing a new exhibit titled “Here We Grow.”

Ken Dobbs, the museum’s chief development officer, highlighted the exhibit’s aim to reconnect children with the agricultural world. “Here We Grow” offers an array of interactive experiences, including a water table demonstrating irrigation techniques, a combine cab, a poultry education section, and various hands-on activities.

Tara Knuth, the CEO, emphasized the exhibit’s unique approach where children are encouraged to explore without limits. She noted that the ag industry-themed displays, such as pig and cow models, captivate young visitors like Josh and Maddie Meyer’s toddler.

Josh and Maddie, who farm in the Elmwood-Murdock area, shared their son’s enthusiasm for the exhibit, particularly the combine cab. Their son’s exposure to rural living from a young age has fostered a deep connection with farm life.

For children unfamiliar with farming, the “Here We Grow” exhibit serves as an educational introduction to agricultural elements. Knuth highlighted the diverse attractions, from climbable tractors to unbreakable eggs, designed to engage and educate young minds.

The project, which cost $1.4 million and spanned four years, was made possible through generous donations, including support from the Nebraska Farm Bureau. Dobbs acknowledged the collaborative effort to ensure the accuracy and authenticity of the exhibit’s content.

Since its opening in December last year, “Here We Grow” continues to expand, with plans for a three-story climber set to debut in the fall. Knuth expressed excitement about this new addition, combining play structures with artistic design elements.

Visitors can currently explore the existing stations, including a section where children can dress up in costumes representing various agricultural careers. This immersive experience aims to spark interest in the diverse opportunities within the agricultural sector.

As Josh Meyer pointed out, the ag industry offers a multitude of career paths with significant growth potential. The exhibit at the Lincoln Children’s Museum serves not only as a source of entertainment but also as a platform to inspire future generations to consider careers in agriculture.

The Lincoln Children’s Museum welcomes visitors from Wednesday to Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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