Welcome to Explore Lincoln, a new monthly column that features events, exhibitions and interesting things to do on campus and across Lincoln.
Get connected with over 60 Lincoln nonprofits
Interested in giving back to the Lincoln community? There’s no better place to learn about service opportunities than the Husker Civic Challenge Service Fair, held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 4 in the Nebraska Union. Over 60 Lincoln nonprofits will attend the event.
The fair will provide resources to students looking to complete their service-learning course requirement or find a community-based research project. Faculty and staff are also welcome to stop by.
Spend an evening at Sheldon Museum of Art
Sheldon Museum of Art will celebrate the start of the academic year with a First Friday open house from 5 to 7 p.m. Sept. 6. Attendees can explore the Sheldon’s new fall exhibitions, groove to music by Bow Ty Audio, contribute to a colorful mural, hop into an art-filled photo booth and enjoy an iced coffee bar.
All students with a valid NCard will receive a free Sheldon t-shirt, and the first 100 people to participate in the mural project will receive a free Sheldon campfire mug.
Visit Morrill Hall on Sensory Friendly Sunday
Morrill Hall will host a Sensory Friendly Sunday event, where children and adults with special needs can experience the museum in a quieter, more supportive environment, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sept. 8.
During the event, exhibit audio will be turned down or off, and tactile objects will be available throughout the museum for visitors to touch. Sensory kits will also be available at the front desk. Each kit includes noise-canceling headphones, earplugs and fidgets to use in the museum.
Support your Husker at Family Weekend
The University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s annual Family Weekend will be held from Sept. 20 through Sept. 22. Families of Nebraska students can eat in a university dining hall, attend a Husker Watch Party inside Memorial Stadium and meet other families at a reception at The Graduate Hotel.
The weekend is free for all students and parents.
Soak up fall weather at the Backyard Farmer Garden
Located near the Nebraska East Union, the university’s Backyard Farmer Garden is one of many outdoor spots to put on your Lincoln bucket list. It serves as a community and educational space and grew over 500 pounds of produce for local food pantries this summer.
The garden is free and open to the public. For directions, follow the Backyard Farmer signage around East Campus.
Bring your furry friend to DogFest
Hosted by Nebraska’s Canine Cognition and Human Interaction Lab, this year’s Husker DogFest will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 21 south of Memorial Stadium and Manter Hall.
Owners can bring their leashed dogs to tour the lab, participate in dog activities, watch demonstrations of dog abilities, visit with dog-related vendors and grab lunch at a food truck.
Learn about LGBTQA activism in the Midwest
C.J. Janovy, author of “No Place Like Home: Lessons in Activism from LGBT Kansas,” will discuss her book in a lecture from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Sept. 26 at the Center for Great Plains Studies.
“No Place Like Home: Lessons in Activism from LGBT Kansas” was the recipient of the 2019 Stubbendieck Great Plains Distinguished Book Prize. Through exclusive interviews and research, it tells the compelling story of LGBTQA Kansans fighting for more equality in their state.