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National Drought Mitigation Center


NDMC Connects with K-12 Crowd

April 9, 2010

Spring always brings with it a crop of new education and outreach opportunities. Thanks go to the following, who staffed the NDMC exhibit – “Lore of the Tree Rings” – at the Central Plains Severe Weather Symposium and Family Weatherfest, March 27, in Lincoln, Neb.: Donna Woudenberg, Melissa Widhalm, Kelly Smith, Chris Poulsen, Ann Fiedler, Crystal Bergman, Nicole Wall, and our tireless organizer, Deb Wood. An estimated 3,500 people attended the annual event in Hardin Hall, organized by climatologist Ken Dewey and the School of Natural Resources at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

The Lore of the Tree Rings

People of all ages explored the connections between paleoclimatology, drought and tree rings at the NDMC's Lore of the Tree Rings display. After a brief presentation (below left), visitors were invited to select a pre-cut tree cookie to decorate with beads, shells, markers, stamps, and other craft materials (below right).

Water Banking

Our Water Banking game (right) was a hit at Lincoln’s annual earth wellness festival for the city’s fifth graders. NDMC staff leading the activity were Donna Woudenberg, Nicole Wall, Kelly Smith, Denise Gutzmer, Melissa Widhalm and Deb Wood.


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