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Fri, Jul 26



Branched Oak Farm Silvopasture Tour + Branched Oak Observatory Visit

This unique event offers a perfect blend of agricultural education and stargazing. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn about sustainable farming while enjoying a delightful dinner and an unforgettable night under the stars!

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Branched Oak Farm Silvopasture Tour + Branched Oak Observatory Visit
Branched Oak Farm Silvopasture Tour + Branched Oak Observatory Visit

Time & Location

Jul 26, 2024, 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Raymond, 17015 NW 70th St, Raymond, NE 68428, USA

About the event

Join us for an enlightening and enjoyable evening that combines sustainable farming practices with a celestial experience! Our event begins with a tour of a silvopasture farm, where you'll discover the benefits and methods of integrating trees and grazing livestock on the same land. These systems are meticulously managed for both forest products and forage, providing both short- and long-term income sources. Learn how silvopasture supports biodiversity, improves soil health, and increases overall farm productivity.

Event Schedule:

1. Silvopasture Farm Tour - 17015 NW 70th St, Raymond, NE 68428

  • Time: 6:00 PM
  • Location: 17015 NW 70th St, Raymond, NE 68428
  • Hosted by Doug Dittman, Farmer and Brad Kindler, Nebraska Statewide Arboretum
  • Explore the farm and see firsthand how silvopasture practices are implemented.
  • Learn about the benefits of integrating trees and livestock.
  • Engage with our knowledgeable guides and ask questions about sustainable/organic farming.

2. Drive to Branched Oak Observatory - 14300 NW 98th St, Raymond, NE 68428

  • Time: 7:15 PM
  • Distance: Approximately 4 miles
  • Enjoy a scenic drive through the countryside to our next destination.

3. Dinner at Branched Oak Observatory

  • Time: 7:30 PM
  • Location: Branched Oak Observatory
  • Relish, a local eatery, will serve a delicious dinner featuring meat specialties, gluten-free, vegetarian, and      vegan options.
  • All dishes are locally sourced, scratch-made, and fun!

4. Observatory Tour and Program

  • Time: 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Hosted by Dr. Matthew N. Anderson, Co-Founder \ Executive Director & Professor Michael Sibbernsen, Cofounder/Director of Education

  • Tour the Property:
    • Explore the observatory grounds and       facilities.
    • Visit the multipurpose center and the       gift shop.
  • Program:
    • Enjoy a live presentation about the       Summer sky.
    • Learn about constellations, planets, and       other celestial phenomena.

5. Night Sky Observation

  • Time: 9:00 PM - 10:30 PM
  • Observing Opportunities:
    • Use our various telescopes to observe the       night sky.
    • Experienced astronomers will guide you       and share their knowledge.


  • Date: Friday, July 26, 2024, 6 pm.
  • Meeting Point: 17015 NW 70th St, Raymond, NE 68428
  • Transportation: Participants will drive their own      vehicles to the observatory (approximately 4 miles).


  • Branched Oak Farm+Observatory

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