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River Country Nature Center


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River Country Nature Center Visitors are invited to take a walk on the wild side at the River County Nature Center. More than 400 preserved specimen of birds, fish, mammals, amphibians, and reptiles are on display at the center. The wildlife displayed are native to Nebraska, including a new Nebraska Albino Animal Display.


A 70-by-8 foot mural of Nebraska serves as a backdrop for the displays. Created by 15 local artists, the painting highlights a variety of the state's geographical attractions. The animals are grouped in families and common situations, and they're placed appropriately against the backdrop of the mural.


The center boasts many unique and scarce animals. While the focus is the animals of Nebraska, there are many exotic and hard-to-find specimen.


A collection of rocks, minerals, and fossils from southeast Nebraska make up the geology display. A gift shop offers many handcrafted unique items.


Admission: Freewill offering
Hours: Sundays 1 - 4 p.m. April 15 - October 15
or by appointment
Address: 110 N. 6th Street
Phone: (402) 873-5491
Group and individual tours available by appointment.

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When Jasper Ware, an early Nebraska City banker took his wife, Ellen Kinney, to the west edge of town, pointed out the heavily wooded area south of Arbor Lodge, and said he wanted to build her a country home on the site, she responded, "Oh Jasper, I couldn't live in these wild woods!"

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On July 20, 1804, Meriwether Lewis and William Clark set foot on the gently sloped banks of what is now known as Nebraska City and considered it an "ideal site for a future city." About 40 years later, the original Fort Kearny was built at this spot.

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River Country Nature Center

Visitors are invited to take a walk on the wild side at the River County Nature Center. More than 400 preserved specimen of birds, fish, mammals, amphibians, and reptiles are on display at the center. The wildlife displayed are native to Nebraska, including a new Nebraska Albino Animal Display.

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