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Nebraska Master Naturalist

2024 Annual Reunion

August 16th-18th, 2024

Niobrara Valley Preserve

Are you a certified Nebraska Master Naturalist or Naturalist in training? 

Then you are invited...

Annual Reunion, August 16-18, 2024 Niobrara Valley Preserve  


Location: The Niobrara Valley Preserve is a Nature Conservancy property. You could consider it remote, being 26 miles of mostly soft gravel road, from the nearest gas, grocery, or hospital. You can find more information about the Preserve at the link HERE. You can find the location of the Preserve at the following link, Niobrara Valley Preserve.


Facilities: Facilities include two bunk houses with ten beds each, with options for tent camping and one RV hook-up. (First reserved, first serve.). Other RV’s are welcome but will not have access to electricity. Showers are available. We will have access to the meeting space and a fully equipped kitchen with access to a refrigerator. We are responsible for cleaning up after ourselves.


Cost: There is no fee for participating in the Reunion. A minimum $15 per person per night donation to the Nature Conservancy for use of their facilities is suggested.

Nebraska Master Naturalist Foundation will be covering the cost of meals as indicated in the agenda. Other meals are on your own.


Registration: Registration will close Friday, August 2nd, 2024 or when full.

Register at the link HERE.


Looking forward to seeing you there,

Nebraska Master Naturalist Reunion Committee


Schedule of Events


Thursday August 15th, 2024

5:00pm:               Early arrival is available. Supper and evening activities

                            will be, on your own. Friday morning breakfast and morning activities will be, on your own.

Friday August 16th, 2024

12:00pm:          Arrive, lunch on your own.

Afternoon:        Bison tour. TBD based on NVP staff availability.

                           Optional activities on you own, fishing, biking, birding, hiking, and relaxing.

                           Mandatory Pre-float Meeting

6:00pm:           Supper will be provided. (Pizza and Salad)

7:30pm:           Presenter, TBD

Evening:          Social time (Campfire based on current fire danger)

Saturday August 17th, 2024

Morning:          Breakfast on your own. THERE WILL BE COFFEE

7:00am:           Guided Niobrara Kayak Float. Guided Float Details below.

                        Optional activities on your own, fishing, biking, birding, hiking, and relaxing.

Afternoon:        Lunch on your own.

                        Optional activities on your own, fishing, biking, birding, hiking, relaxing, exploring the area.

6:00pm:           Burgers will be provided for dinner, a vegetarian option will be available. Sides and                                    desserts are potluck style.

7:30pm:           Presenter TBD

Evening:          Social time (Campfire based on current fire danger)

Sunday August 18th, 2024

Morning:         Breakfast on your own. THERE WILL BE COFFEE

                       Leave the place looking better than we found it.

12:00pm:        Depart


Niobrara River Guided Float

Smith Falls State Park to Sunny Brook Landing


Cost: The cost is dependent on availability of kayaks and a user fee for pull-out landing. Further details will follow registration.


Pre-trip Meeting: The Nebraska Master Naturalist Reunion kayak trip will begin with a pre-float meeting Friday afternoon, after the bison tour, at NVP. This meeting will include land-based kayak instruction, river dynamics, shuttle planning and timing, and general prep information for your float.


River Time: Departure from NVP Saturday morning will be 7:00 am, to capture the quiet, calm beauty the Niobrara River has to offer. We will be launching from Smith Falls State Park, Nikols Landing, and pulling out at Sunny Brook Landing. Float time will be approximately three hours with two planned stops for exploration, Big Cedar Falls and Stair Step Falls. You can expect to be on the river for four to five hours.


Kayaks: There will be 10 kayaks, life vests, and paddles available at no cost on a first reserve, first serve basis. If you reserve a kayak please take this commitment seriously as others may have to pay an outfitter for a kayak reservation.

After registration, you will be notified if you need to reserve a kayak. If you have your own gear, awesome! Please still register your attendance for the float trip.


What to Bring: Details will be given after registration.


Float Schedule: All times are to be considered, river time ya’ll! Times are dependent on river flow rates, group exploration, and shuttling. The schedule below are estimated times. Times that are set are, the pre-trip meeting on Thursday and the departure time from NVP on Friday.


Tentative Float Schedule

Friday August 16th

Afternoon      Pre-trip Meeting

Saturday August 17th

7:00am         Depart from NVP

9:00am         Launch from Smith Falls SP Nikols Landing

1:00pm         Pullout at Sunny Brook Landing

2:00pm         Shuttle

4:00pm         Arrive back at NVP


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