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Schramm Education Center (AkSarBen Aquarium)

The newly remodeled Schramm Education Center (formerly Ak-Sar-Ben Aquarium) at Schramm Park State Recreation Area is currently closed for renovations. Construction is scheduled for completion in 2019 (date to be determined).

The remainder of the state recreation area, including trails, canyon ponds, picnic areas, playground and fossil exhibit, will remain open. A temporary office is established at the park, within the current visitor center parking lot, to accommodate guests who wish to obtain park information or purchase permits.

The renovation will transform the facility into a state-of-art interactive exploration center. The finished facility will include larger aquariums, a redesigned lobby area, a multi-faceted interactive nature center that will include various hands on activities, and a modern classroom to facilitate expanded educational programs and meetings.

The Schramm Education Center site is conveniently located on the banks of the Platte River between the cities of Lincoln and Omaha. Visitors can access the ponds, nature trails and historic fish hatchery at Schramm Park, located directly east of the facility.

Wildlife viewing

Birds, butterflies, turkey and deer are abundant on the property and can be viewed while relaxing on the patio. To encourage bird watching at the feeders, binoculars and benches are provided at the center’s expansive picture windows. There are no concessions or indoor eating facilities at the center, so plan for a picnic lunch at Schramm Park, or in season, visit the Walter Scott, Jr. Lodge at Platte River State Park.

Hours and location

Closed for renovations

Contact Information

Address: Schramm Education Center | 21502 West Highway 31 | Gretna, NE 68028
Located on Highway 31, approximately 6 miles south of Exit 432 on I-80
Phone: 402-332-3901

Scheduling: Email  Susie Bliss

Aquarium Director: Email  Tony Korth