The Nebraska Statewide Arboretum (NSA) recently named the Lincoln Children’s Zoo a Landscape Steward Affiliate Site. The Zoo, which opened to the public in the summer of 1965 and is now home to more than 400 animals, also features around 300 species of plants and trees, approximately a third of which are native to the Great Plains region.
“Year-round our horticulture team dedicates their time to growing and maintaining our impressive and diverse collection of plants and trees located throughout the zoo. We are incredibly proud of our Zoo grounds and are excited to promote and educate the community on our collection as a Landscape Steward Affiliate Site,” said Evan Killeen, CEO of Lincoln Children’s Zoo.
NSA developed its Landscape Steward Affiliate Site Program to recognize Nebraska’s important people-planted landscapes and to form ongoing partnerships with managers and caregivers of those landscapes. The Lincoln Children’s Zoo is one of more than 100 Accredited Arboretums and Landscape Steward Affiliate Sites across the state of Nebraska.
“Many of us know and love the Lincoln Children’s Zoo for its animals and for its educational opportunities, but it’s also a botanical treasure trove right here in the middle of our city,” said NSA Executive Director Hanna Pinneo. “We are thrilled to welcome the Lincoln Children’s Zoo as a Landscape Steward Affiliate Site, and we hope that this distinction will help to shine the spotlight on its beautiful grounds in the years to come.”