Nebraska Authors

Kay Young

Born 1931

Died 2022-05-22
Lincoln, NE

Long time naturalist at the Chet Ager Nature Center in Lincoln, Nebraska's Pioneers Park. Author of Wild Seasons: Gathering and Cooking Wild Foods, 1993. Young was a memorable interviewee on Roger Welsch's "Roger &" television program on NET. Young's family boarded poet John Neihardt in his old age, and her memoir of him is in her vertical file in the Heritage Room.

Places Lived

Lincoln, NE

Author Of

  • Nonfiction


Nature; Ecology; Botany


Bachelor's Degree, English and botany, University of Nebraska
Master's Degree in intercultural studies and folklore, in Bowling Green, Kentucky



Places Worked

Morrill Hall, University of Nebraska
Fontenelle Forest
San Bernardino County Museum, California
Chet Ager Nature Center, Lincoln, NE


Wild Seasons: Gathering and Cooking Wild Foods. 1993.
Wild Seasons: Gathering and Cooking Wild Plants of the Great Plains. 1997.

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