Schramm Education Center

In order to ensure the best and safest experience for both our visitors and staff and to follow direct health measures, there are currently temporary changes to our policies, hours, exhibits, and pricing. Please read through these changes before visiting, and call Schramm Education Center at 402-332-3901 if you have further questions. While Schramm Education Center is currently open, displays and exhibits are limited for the safety for visitors and staff. Guests will continue to enjoy the aquarium and terrariums, reptile and amphibian displays, birding area, and limited Wonder Woodland displays. However exhibits such as the Maker Space, Virtual Bike Game, Touch Tank, and other hands on interactive displays are off exhibit.

Due to the limitation of exhibits, guests will enjoy a reduced entry rate until further notice: $5 Adults & Seniors, $4 Youth (4-12), & Children 3 & Under Free. To keep our visitors and staff safe, we are requiring all guests to wear a mask and physically distance themselves from others in the center. The center will be open up to 50% capacity at a time (120 guests). Additionally, in order to maintain thorough cleaning procedures, Schramm Education Center hours will be adjusted to 10:00am to 4:00pm daily. The permit office will still be open from 9:00am to 5:00pm daily.

The expanded and fully renovated Schramm Education Center is open! The state-of-the-art Schramm Education Center, formerly known as the Aksarben Aquarium, allows visitors to learn about Nebraska’s aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems through unique, interactive exhibits. Additionally, visitors can access the ponds, nature trails and historic fish hatchery at Schramm Park, located directly east of the facility.

The Schramm Education Center features:

  • Newly renovated and expanded aquariums featuring Nebraska’s natural aquatic habitats – cool water streams, rivers, reservoirs and farm ponds.
  • Six smaller tanks focusing on some of Nebraska’s smaller, lesser-known fish species.
  • Seventeen live animal tanks featuring Nebraska’s reptile and amphibian species.
  • Educational nature center areas including a reading nook, maker’s space, bird watching area and pre-school play area.
  • Interactive activities including digital topographical map, interactive wayfinding maps, touch screens focusing on the species of the area.
  • Virtual reality mountain biking experience where visitors will have the opportunity to “ride” the trails on an actual bike.
  • Admission

    Adults (age 13 and up): $10
    Children (age 4-12): $7
    Seniors: (age 60 and up) $7
    Children age 3 and under: Free
    Annual family pass (Includes 2 adults & up to 3 children or grandchildren): $100

    Field trips

    Schramm Education Center offers a full range of field trips with dedicated curriculum aligned to state standards for each grade. Field trips offer students an immersive experience with hands-on, minds-on lessons taught in both the newly renovated center as well as in the outdoors.

    Field trips are nearly always 2-hours in length and are taught by dedicated education staff trained in science, environmental and outdoor education.

    Field Trip Fees:
    Students – $4/student for a 2-hour program
    Teachers/Adults – $5/person for a 2-hour program

    Schramm Education Center also offers self-guided programs, 30-minute naturalist presentations and live animal programs.

    For more information regarding field trips, please please download our field trip program guide below.

    Download field trip program guide

    For questions or to book a program, please contact Kelly Ekue at 402-332-5022 or email

    Hours and location

    Open year-round
    9 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily

    Download Schramm Activity Guide

    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: 402-332-5022, Email: