The Renewal and Success of Lied Lodge & Conference Center
By James R. Fazio | July 24, 2017
“I have stayed at Lied Lodge a few times for different purposes, always with a group or conference. The ambience is amazing, hospitality is top-notch, food is wonderful, and conference services are the best. Best of all is the dedication to environmental stewardship.”
When a guest commented on his experience at Lied Lodge & Conference Center at Arbor Day Farm in Nebraska City, Nebraska, he summed up the goals of the facility, giving staff reason to celebrate.
In 1990, this concept was only a dream and some plans on paper. In 1993, the new building was ready for use. By 2015, corporate leadership at Wyndham Vacation Ownership and the Omaha-based Peter Kiewit Foundation recognized the more than 20 years of success and special contributions made by this unique facility and its staff. As a result, and with the added financial support of Arbor Day Foundation members, they spearheaded an ambitious refurbishing of the hospitality and interpretative facilities.
The primary purpose of Lied Lodge & Conference Center is to host meetings of conservation organizations of all sizes. “This renewal has furthered our mission and allowed us to better tell our story as stewards and educators,” said Chief Executive Matt Harris.
Staff has been exceptionally successful at providing a welcoming and helpful experience to groups ranging from organic farmers and teachers learning to effectively use Nature Explore Classrooms to international organizations, such as data-gathering NatureServe or the World Forum Foundation’s Nature Action Collaborative for Children. However, the facilities and services are available to all private and public groups, and these visitors are always immersed in the ideals of conservation and the demonstration of sustainable practices.
With the renewed Lied Lodge & Conference Center as base and the surrounding farm once owned by Arbor Day founder J. Sterling Morton, there are activities and educational experiences for all age and interest groups.
The one thing that all visitors will have in common is leaving with a new appreciation for trees and nature — and lifelong memories.
Visit liedlodge.org to plan your visit.
James has a strong background and knowledge in forestry and tree care working in several forestry related jobs for the US Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, Arbor Day Foundation, and as a Professor at the University of Idaho.
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