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Outdoor Education

Outdoor education

Carol Joy Holling Center is located on 320 acres near the Salt Creek and Platte River, just outside of Ashland, Neb. The woodlands, prairies, wetlands, spring-fed lake, sandstone outcroppings, and abundant wildlife offer a unique place set apart for exploration, discovery, sharing, and learning. We have several miles of hiking trails, a lake for fishing and pond study, a stargazing deck, campfire rings, overnight accommodations, and more. All types of groups are welcome including public and private schools, home school groups, and church groups. Call today for free pre-event planning to help us meet your group’s individual needs.


Programs can be tailored to fit your group’s needs. Most programs last 1 hour. Here are possible programs from which you can choose:

  • Where in the World: Explore camp using a GPS unit to find the “caches” hidden on our property.

  • Water We Doing? A great program to introduce youth to the importance and beauty of wetlands. Youth get hands-on experience of sifting and collecting aquatic life.

  • Nature Hike:  Discover the animals and habitats while hiking the beautiful trails of camp.

  • Owl Prowl: A night program that includes a chance to see and hear the Barred Owl.

  • Let’s Make Tracks:  Tracks and Scat are useful in identifying the animal and its role in a habitat. After learning more about animal tracks and scat through fun activities, students go looking for tracks and scat in the wild.

  • Teambuilding 101: A shortened one-hour version of our Co-Op program. This program works to build co-operation, trust, and problem-solving skills.

  • Zipline: Take the ride of your life as you soar off Angel’s cliff and zoom over the depths of the ravine. For 4th grade and older.

  • Other activities available:
    Service Projects
    Night Hikes
    Hayrack Rides
    High Ropes Courses


For more information, contact Dennis Pope at or 402-944-2544.

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your instructor

Dennis Pope has served as Manager of Adventure Programs for Nebraska Lutheran Outdoor Ministries for more than 20 years. In addition to facilitating outdoor education, challenge courses, and teambuilding  programs, he leads groups of students and campers on backpacking trips in Colorado and tends the Carol Joy Holling Camp garden, which donates produce annually to The Kids Cupboard. Dennis lives on a farm outside of Lincoln with his wife and daughter.

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