Branching Out 2021 Passport Tour

150 years ago, a Nebraskan named J. Sterling Morton introduced America to Arbor Day. Now we’re celebrating trees with a statewide tour that includes Morton’s historic home, a national forest, a high ropes course, a tree house, and a whole bunch of places named after trees.

Childish Things is one of 10 tours on the 2021 Passport program. Visit for more information on the tours!

Cottonwood Gallery & Arts

1214 L Street
Aurora, NE

(402) 694-6721

Tues-Fri 12 pm - 5 pm
Sat 9 am - 5 pm
Sun 12 pm - 5 pm

This gallery features a variety of original art and handmade gifts by Nebraska artists. From photography, paintings and printmaking to jewelry, pottery and glasswork there is something for everyone!

Cottonwood Gallery & Arts

TreeRush Adventures at Fontanelle Forest

1111 Bellevue Boulevard N, Ste A
Bellevue, NE

(402) 316-7038

Daily 9 am - 7:30 pm
Reservation required

Climb, zip and swing through a canopy of old-growth trees! Explore zip lines, suspended bridges, rope ladders and a variety of exciting aerial challenges. Guests, ages 4 to adult, set their own pace while navigating easy-to-expert treetop trails. Feel the rush of excitement, empowerment, amazement and fulfillment.

TreeRush Adventure

Nebraska National Forest, Bessey RD

40637 River Loop Road
Halsey, NE

(308) 533-8107

Mon-Fri 8:30 am - 5 pm

Covering over 90,000 acres, this hand-planted forest is a favorite place for camping, ATV riding, hiking and picnicking. The lookout tower offers a panoramic view of the surrounding forest and hills.

Nebraska National Forest, Bessey RD

Arbor Lodge State Historical Park

2600 Arbor Avenue
Nebraska City, NE

(402) 873-7222

Visit the celebrated home and estate of J. Sterling Morton, founder of Arbor Day. Walk the grounds, tour the mansion, and visit nearby Arbor Day Farm for an immersive experience about celebrating trees on this, the 150th Anniversary year of Arbor Day.

Arbor Lodge State Historical Park

Whispering Pines Bed & Breakfast

2018 6th Avenue
Nebraska City, NE

(402) 873-5850

Daily 8 am - 8 pm
By appointment outside regular hours

This 1878 Victorian farmhouse is surrounded by six acres of water and flower gardens. Offering five rooms for lodging, gourmet breakfast and the best porch in town. It also features a restaurant and special event venue, fire pit, outdoor hot tub and is pet-friendly.

Whispering Pines Bed & Breakfast

The Cedar Room

505-507 N Dewey Street
North Platte, NE

(308) 532-4825

Tues-Thurs 11 am - 9 pm
Fri-Sat 11 am - 10 pm
Sun 11 am - 3 pm

This uniquely styled restaurant is located in the Canteen District of downtown North Platte and known for Certified Angus Beef steaks and hand-crafted cocktails. You’ll find something here that is sure to hit the spot.

The Cedar Room

The Koffie Knechtion

419 Golf Road
South Sioux City, NE

(813) 842-2001

Tues-Fri 7 am - 2 pm
Sat-sun 8 am - 12 pm

Enjoy this simply relaxing atmosphere with five acres of pristine landscaping, outdoor seating under our pavilion, waterfall and a koi pond with walkover bridge. Also be sure to check out the nearby treehouse AirBnB, the Kottage Knechtion.

The Koffie Knechtion

The 2021 Nebraska Passport will run from May 1 through September 30 and features 70 attractions put into 10 categories: Visual Treats, Parking Spots, Aroma Therapy, Now Hear This, Growth Opportunities, Grub & Cuisine, Shoptimum Values, Childish Things, Branching Out and Time Travel. Interested in discovering Nebraska's hidden gems? Passport booklets will be available at all stops starting May 1 or can be pre-ordered online. Participants are also encouraged to download the Nebraska Passport App on their smartphone to collect digital stamps and stay up-to-date with program changes.

For more information, visit!