The Nebraska Statewide Arboretum (NSA, will hold two Winter Solstice Hikes on Wednesday, December 20, at Prairie Pines Nature Preserve (3100 N. 112th St.). An early evening hike will begin at 6:30 p.m. (ideal for families with young children) and a later hike will begin at 8:30 p.m. Each hike will be followed by an opportunity to enjoy hot cocoa and hot apple cider, sponsored by Cultiva.

“The holiday season is wonderful, but it can also feel very hectic. The Winter Solstice offers a welcome opportunity to slow down for a few minutes, take a deep breath and enjoy the peace and quiet of the outdoors,” said Hanna Pinneo, Executive Director of NSA.

Tickets for the Winter Solstice Hikes are $5 each (children ages five and under free). Register at

The Nebraska Statewide Arboretum is a 501(c)3 nonprofit founded in 1978 that plants Nebraska for healthy people, vibrant communities and a resilient environment. They value their partnerships with more than 100 affiliate sites throughout the state, more than 1,000 members and with the Nebraska Forest Service and the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Nebraska. To learn more, visit or contact the Arboretum staff at (402) 472-2971 /