Taking a Standing Ovation
Learn about saving with NEST 529 at Creature Comforters stops

Just in time for 529 Day (May 29) and summer vacations, families have new opportunities to explore what Nebraska has to offer with the 2023 Nebraska Passport Program. The program takes place from May 1 – September 30, and offers a wide variety of travel adventures throughout the state, including seven special stops sponsored by NEST 529.

 “We are thrilled to partner with Nebraska Tourism, supporting this year’s Creature Comforters stops,” said Nebraska State Treasurer John Murante. “Summer vacation is a special time for families. We hope to inspire kids to consider their future while encouraging families to start saving funds now to support continuing education needs down the road.”

From walking 17-miles at Fontenelle Forest in Bellevue to tasting local honey in Emerson or discovering new furry friends at Riverside Discovery Center in Scottsbluff, loved ones of all ages are invited to explore Creature Comforters stops. The seven stops include:

  • Fontenelle Forest in Bellevue, NE
  • Graf Bees LLC – The Buzz in Emerson, NE
  • Lincoln Children’s Zoo in Lincoln, NE
  • The Old Poor Farm Animal Sanctuary in Nickerson, NE
  • Riverside Discovery Center in Scottsbluff, NE
  • Scatter Joy Acres in Murray, NE
  • Shepherd’s Rest Goat and Sheep Rescue in Pickrell, NE


The Passport Program is designed to engage Nebraska residents and non-residents alike to help them discover Nebraska’s museums, parks, businesses, and more. The program outlines 70 stops throughout the state that participants are encouraged to visit. To earn credit for visiting a stop, a participant must collect stamps for their booklet from a stop staff member or take a selfie to earn a digital stamp.

Earlier this month, in recognition of the role a NEST529 account can play in the success of students as they reach their higher education goals, Governor Jim Pillen signed a proclamation declaring May 29th as National 529 Day in Nebraska.

 “We hope families take advantage of the nice weather and enjoy one of the seven Creature Comforters stops on National 529 Day,” said Murante. “We thank Governor Pillen for recognizing the importance of National 529 Day in Nebraska, and the importance of saving for a loved one’s future education.”

 Visit NEST529.com to learn more about the benefits of a NEST 529 College Savings Plan.

The State Treasurer serves as the Program Trustee. All investments, including the portfolio structure offered through the NEST 529 Plan, are vetted and approved by the Nebraska Investment Council.


 About NEST 529

NEST 529 is a tax-advantaged 529 college savings plan and provides four plans to help make saving for college simple and affordable: NEST Direct College Savings Plan, NEST Advisor College Savings Plan, Bloomwell 529 Education Savings Plan, and State Farm 529 Savings Plan. The Nebraska State Treasurer serves as Program Trustee. Union Bank and Trust serves as Program Manager, and all investments are approved by the Nebraska Investment Council. Families nationwide are saving for college using Nebraska’s 529 College Savings Plans, which have close to 300,000 accounts. Visit NEST529.com and treasurer.nebraska.gov for more information.

 About Union Bank and Trust

Founded in 1917 with over 50 years of family ownership, Union Bank and Trust offers complete banking, lending, investment, and trust services. The bank has 38 full-service and loan production offices in Nebraska and Kansas. It is the third largest privately owned bank in Nebraska, with bank assets of $7.6 billion and trust assets of $43.6 billion as of December 31, 2022. Voters have chosen Union Bank and Trust as Best Bank, Best Customer Service, Best Work Environment, and Best Financial Planner in Lincoln for eleven years running.

 Important Legal Information

An investor should consider the investment objectives, risks, and charges and expenses associated with municipal fund securities before investing. This and other important information is contained in the fund prospectuses and the NEST Direct College Savings Plan Program Disclosure Statement (issuer’s official statement), which should be read carefully before investing. You can lose money by investing in an Investment Option. Each of the Investment Options involves investment risks, which are described in the Program Disclosure Statement.

 An investor should consider, before investing, whether the investor’s or beneficiary’s home state offers any state tax or other state benefits such as financial aid, scholarship funds, and protection from creditors that are only available for investments in such state’s 529 plan. Investors should consult their tax advisor, attorney, and/or other advisor regarding their specific legal, investment, or tax situation.

The NEST Direct College Savings Plan (the “Plan”) is sponsored by the State of Nebraska, administered by the Nebraska State Treasurer, and the Nebraska Investment Council provides investment oversight. Union Bank and Trust Company serves as Program Manager for the Plan. The Plan offers a series of Investment Options within the Nebraska Educational Savings Plan Trust (the “Trust”), which offers other Investment Options not affiliated with the Plan. The Plan is intended to operate as a qualified tuition program.

 Except for any investments made by a Plan participant in the Bank Savings Static Investment Option up to the limit provided by Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (“FDIC”) insurance, neither the principal contributed to an account, nor earnings thereon, are guaranteed or insured by the State of Nebraska, the Nebraska State Treasurer, the Nebraska Investment Council, the Trust, the Plan, any other state, any agency or instrumentality thereof, Union Bank and Trust Company, the FDIC, or any other entity. Investment returns are not guaranteed. Account owners in the Plan assume all investment risk, including the potential loss of principal.



(*Except the Bank Savings Static Investment Option Underlying Investment)