Capitol Experience Days

Creating civically engaged students who effectively advocate for their communities using civil discourse, critical thinking, and community leadership.

We believe that Nebraska students shouldn’t only visit the State Capitol in fourth grade. As one of Civic Nebraska’s flagship programs, Capitol Experience Day offer that opportunity – and more – to middle- and high-school students across the state.

Capitol Experience Day goes beyond a simple tour. They are designed to teach critical thinking, civil discourse, and the governing process through a speaker lineup of a state legislator, executive branch official (e.g. attorney general, lieutenant governor, etc.), and a Supreme Court justice.

Students also engage in a mock committee hearing, in which they deliberate a piece of current legislation of their choice from different viewpoints. By the end of the day, students have a greater understanding of the Nebraska unicameral and their role as citizens in the state’s legislative process.

Capitol Experience Day creates civically engaged students who understand how to effectively advocate for their communities by honing civil discourse, critical thinking, and community leadership skills.

This day is always eye-opening to our students. I always enjoy seeing and talking with the students after (Capitol Experience Day) — they take themselves and school more seriously. Thank you again for making this day possible! — Kate Damgaard, Lincoln Public Schools

A sample agenda is included below, but please note that Capitol Experience Day is customizable to various age groups and subject matters. Additionally, Civic Nebraska has worked with teachers to develop related lesson plans that meet state Social Studies, English, and Reading standards. 

For more information and to schedule your Capitol Experience Day, please reach out to Bridget Claborn, Civic Health Program Manager, at bridget.claborn@civicnebraska.org.

Locations

  • Lincoln Administrative & Program Office
    1111 Lincoln Mall Suite 350, Lincoln NE 68508
    402.904.5191
  • Omaha Office
    6400 University Dr., N CEC 117.12, Omaha NE 68182-0708
    402.554.3914 CEC
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After School Programs

  • Sherman Elementary School

    5618 N 14th Ave.
    Omaha, NE 68110
    402.457.6711

  • Lewis and Clark Middle School

    6901 Burt St.
    Omaha, NE 68132
    402.557.4300

  • Lothrop Elementary School

    3300 N. 22nd St.
    Omaha, NE 68110
    402.457.5704

  • Campbell Elementary School

    2200 Dodge St.
    Lincoln, NE 68521
    402.304.1165

  • Lincoln High School

    2229 J St.
    Lincoln, NE 68510
    402.436.1301

  • Lincoln Northeast High School

    2635 N. 63rd St.
    Lincoln, NE 68507
    402.436.1303

  • Randolph Elementary School

    1024 S. 37th St.
    Lincoln, NE 68510
    402.436.1163