Sand Hills Discovery Foundation

Sand Hills Discovery Foundation


Sand Hills Discovery Experience Evaluation: July 11-13, 2018 To assist in planning for next year, please complete and return this form to the registration area. Rate the following on a scale of 1-5 with 5 being the highest. 1. Loren Pospisal – Platte River Road Comments-Knowledgable but read from script; Gentleman with extensive knowledge and a sense of humor; Very knowledgable but a bit fast: Wonderful so much interesting info!; Interesting; I thought I knew the O. T. WRONG; Love it!; Good session; Interesting presentation; Great talk and good slides; Excellent presentation, great information; 2. Jim Griffin – Union Pacific Railroad Comments-Easy to listen to , related well to audience;_Jim knows his stuff and enjoys sharing it:_Very Good;_Loved it;_Also excellent info on RR building & how it affected settlement; Great stories!!;_Wonderful stories;_Interesting, good info;excellent info! Good presenter-some material less germaine; Good slides, great speaker: Well presented and in depth material 3. Breakout Sessions Jim Griffin – North Platte Canteen Comments-Our conversation spilled over into lunch!; It's always nice to learn more about the canteen: Al Steuter – Fire Ecology Comments-Hard to hear all portions:Good comments on fire & how it affects land:Good to see pictures of this area!; Shane Tucker – Fossil Elephants Comments-Fun and interesting; Good program; Great program and information, good hands on displays & teaching 4. Sue Lackey – What’s beneath the sand? Comments-Loved it; Very interesting; I need to hear this over and over in order to “get it”!; Knows her stuff: Good presenter-subject difficult material; Perked my interest in this topic, great visuals 5. Breakout Sessions Sue Lackey – AEM surveys Comments-AEM Surveys very interesting; Interesting; Very informative Jessica Milby – Unusual plants Comments-Especially neat to have real prairie plants: Nice presentation-listened for unusual (rare) plant. Good job in showing plants present and giving information not too fast: liked seeing “live” samples; Glad to see actual examples of the plants!; Shane Tucker – Fossils of NE Comments-I can apply this session easily into my teaching; Unique program; 6. Dr. Walter Schacht – Drought in the Sandhills Comments-Very interesting: He knows a lot!; Highly interesting-graphs really helpful: Very interesting! Best coverage to date of drought. Appreciate the use of datat!!: Interesting data presented; Interesting; Interesting; Excellent information!; Good presenter-tough subject to explore-overly technical; Well organized presentation 7. Barb Lamb Tribute Comments-Great pictures and memories; Very much love for her; So touching to hear people's memories of Barbara Lamb; Very, very special!!; Very appropriate: Many good memories; Good to hear stories!; Very nicely done-she must have been wonderful to know; Nice to hear all the tributes!; Great 9. Food Comments-Margie did a fantastic job; It was excellent as always!; Very Good; Great; Delicious; Outstanding; Thank you, thank you: Seemed a little better this year; Great but too many salad choices for lunch: What a great “potluck” lunch! So many choices!:Super!; Excellent; Excellent food 10. Vendors and Exhibitors Comments-I bought a book & jelly; Nice collection: Sorry did not visit very long: Seems to me they needed more room!; Good; Great assortment of vendors & unique products & books 11. Overall impression of the conference. Comments- Most enjoyable & informative. Thank you for all you hard work: Enjoyed again, will return: Awesome, always love to attend this conference, have attended more that 10 years; Amazing a town the size of Ainsworth can put on a conference like this; Video system worked very well:Fantastic!;Very good sessions!: It was really the best! So much to take in:Always great! Repeat performance!!!; I liked the cafeteria better than auditori more room, air cool, sound fine for me: Liked the cafeteria for the conference; I love coming!; Excellent as always; Very very good!; Keep up the great work **How did you know about the conference? (This helps us know which advertising was most effective.) Comments- Post Card & local radio station; Email: Past attendamce; Past attendee so received reminder card; Someone told me about it a year ago. I got a postcard reminder in early spring which is nice. I have NEVER see an advertisement or announcement about the conference. page would ge good. Info through ESU's-possibly teachers could use as continuing ed. Hours (not positive this is still required) I live in Atkinson.; Newspaper: Card in the mail. Always know it's coming up & try to plan for it: Local papers (Valentine & Ainsworth); Found info on this year on the web: Internet-did see an advertisement in Valentine-Hendersons_ and in paper. Henderson's needs to be bigger-some pictures would or may create interest. Also could be put up in other locations; Your postcard; Postcard & website; We had 73 Attendees – 28 returned the evaluation form.

An Annual Three Day Event held in Ainsworth, Nebraska and the surrounding area. This is the 12 Annual Sand Hills Discovery Conference. A day long Conference features notes experts on selected topics will give their presentations at the Ainsworth Community School throughout the day.

The Theme for the Conference changes each year. This year the Theme is : The Impact of Abraham Lincoln on the Sand Hills. It will feature four the major developments made during the Lincoln Presidency: The Morrill Act, The Trans-Continental Railroad, The Department of Agriculture, and the Homestead Act.

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[05/07/13]   This is the 12th Sand Hills Discovery Experience Conference. This year promises to be every bit as interesting as our past events. We have an impressive list of speakers planned for the event.

We have moved the dates from the previous years. We normally started on Wednesday and went through Friday. This year we will start with tours on Thursday and finish with tours on Saturday.

We hope that you can fit this into your summer schedule. Look for us in a Nebraska Life Magazine Article that is scheduled for the July/August issue of the magazine. Bring the whole family. College credit for the event is also an option. Please post any comments or questions you might have. We will respond as soon as possible.

[04/19/13]   Abraham Lincoln’s Impact on the Sand Hills
Friday, July 12, 2013

Ainsworth School Learning Center
520 East 2nd Street; Ainsworth, NE


• Matthew Macoubrie -A Snapshot of Abraham Lincoln
• Maxine Moul –President Lincoln’s Legacies: The USDA

• David Nesheim – The Transcontinental Railroad

• Allison Sheridan – The “Morrill” of the Story: The Land-Grant Act of 1862

• Bruce Garver – The Homestead Act

Breakout sessions, exhibitors, vendors, continental breakfast and a catered lunch are included in the full day registration fee. Informative tours are available on Wednesday and Friday to those registered for the Thursday conference.

One hour senior/graduate credit in education is also offered, at an additional fee, by Wayne State College. For more information on college credit, contact Wayne State College, 1111 Main St., Wayne, NE 68787; phone 1-800-228-9972 or e-mail the continuing education department,

12th Annual “Sand Hills Discovery Experience” 2013Information

8:00-8:45 a.m. Registration and continental breakfast
Fee: $50 (early registration-$45) per person. Students under 18 may attend free of charge if accompanying an adult with paid registration.
8:45-9:00 - Opening of conference
9:00 – 12:00 - Presentations
12:00 – 1:00 - Lunch (included with full day registration)
1:00 – 4:30 - Presentations continue
Vendors and exhibitors will be on site until 5:00 p.m.

A block of rooms has been reserved until July 1st at the Ainsworth Rodeway Inn, 888-757-1050 (toll free) and the Ainsworth Super 8 Motel, phone 800-800-8000. For other lodging or general information, call the Ainsworth Chamber of Commerce, 402-387-2740 (866-387-2740 toll free) or visit Sand Hills Discovery Foundation

[04/19/13]   Check out the new information posted on the Sand Hills Discovery site. Your comments are appreciated.

| Wayne State College |

This is the 12th annual Sand Hills Discovery Experience.
The theme is The Impact of Abraham Lincoln on the Sand Hills
This is a one of a kind event; noted for bringing distinguished experts to present information on some of the latest research on a variety of topics related to this Sand Hills region of Nebraska. One hour of graduate or undergraduate credit is available through Wayne State College.
Call 402-387-1209 for more information on college credit requirements or email: or
[email protected] A comprehensive college located in northeast Nebraska, offering more than 80 majors, including many pre-professional programs.

Name(s) _______________________________________________________________
Mailing Address______________________
Phone(s) ____________________________Email______________________________

Pre-registration requested by July 1, 2013
Number adults attending ______ @ $50 each ($45 registration before 07/01/10) $_______

Number students** attending _____ with adult
Student Name(s) ___________________________

Number adults [email protected] $25 each for ½ day conference (Lunch not included) = $ _____

No. attending Tour #1___ @ $15 each adult = $ _____
(Fossil Dig)____ @ free student rate

No. attending Tour #[email protected] $7 each adult = $ ____ (Fossil Dig) ______ @ free student rate

No. attending Tour #3_____ @$15 each adult=$____ (Fairfield Creek Fire Tour) [email protected] student rate.

No. attending Tour #[email protected] $15 each adult $ ______
(Railroad Tour) [email protected] student rate.

No. attending Tour # 5 ___ @ $20 each adult = $ ____
(Dutch Oven Cooking)_____ @ $5 age 12 & under rate

No. attending Tour #6 ___ @ $15 per person = $ ____ (Moon Lake Road) ______ @ free student rate.

No. attending Tour #7____ @$15 each adult = $ ____
(Norden Bridge and Valentine Bridge Fossil Quarries)
______ @ free student rate

(Subtract $5 in registration fees for Sand Hills Discovery Foundation members) $_______

Total fees $_______
**Students under 18 may attend the Friday events at school free of charge if accompanying an adult with paid registration.
Make checks payable to Sand Hills Discovery Foundation and mail to
P.O. Box 444,
Ainsworth, NE 69210.

The Nature Conservancy located North of Johnstown, NE. Picture was taken during a tour sponsored by the Nature Conservancy and the Sand Hills Discovery Conference.

Sand Hills Discovery Foundation

A scene a few years ago taken at the Nature Conservancy located North of Johnstown, Nebraska on a tour through the Sand Hills Discovery Conference.

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Welcome to the Sand Hills Discovery Experience

The Annual Sand Hills Discovery Conference will take place at the Ainsworth Community Schools on Friday, July 12, 2013. The conference is build around the theme of "The Impact of Abraham Lincoln on the Sand Hills." Presentations on the Trans Continental Railroad, The Morrill Land Grant College Act, The Homestead Act, and the creation of the Department of Agriculture are just some of the topics that will be explored. Tours of area sites will be given on Thursday and Saturday and are still in the planning stage. Check back often for updates. The registration will be available on our website at Enjoy the Sand Hills Discovery Experience! Each year, experts share information about the Sand Hills, including, but not limited to the Sand Hills landscape, wildlife and flora, paleontology, climatology and other topics.

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