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May Outdoor Calendar

LINCOLN, Neb. – The following is a listing of Nebraska Game and Parks Commission events and important dates in May:

May 1 – The Great Park Pursuit begins, statewide

May 1 – Registration closes for Outdoor Cooking Camp, Ponca State Park (SP), Ponca, 402-755-2284

May 1 – Crop Stubble Management informational meeting, Guide Rock Community Center, 120 W. Douglas St., Guide Rock, 5-7 p.m., 308-928-2541 or 308-865-5308

May 2-4 – Cornhusker Trapshoot, Doniphan, www.cornhusker-trap.com

May 3-5 – Outdoor Cooking Camp, Ponca SP, Ponca, 402-755-2284

May 4 – Fishing for Millions contest begins, www.cabelas.com/fishformillions

May 4 – Take Pride in America Day volunteer cleanup, Verdon Lake State Recreation Area (SRA), Verdon, 9 a.m., 402-883-2575

May 4 – Catfish Tournament, Lake McConaughy SRA, Ogallala, 308-778-5879

May 4 – Kids’ Fishing Day, Valentine State Fish Hatchery, Valentine, 10 a.m., 402-376-2244

May 4-5 – Living History Weekend, Fort Atkinson State Historical Park (SHP), Fort Calhoun, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., 402-468-5611

May 4-5 –Becoming an Outdoors-Family for the Hearing Impaired, Platte River SP, Louisville, 402-471-5547 or christy.christiansen@nebraska.gov

May 4-12 – Arts and Crafts Center open, Eugene T. Mahoney SP, Ashland, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays, 402-944-2523

May 4-24 – Paddleboat Rides, Miniature Golf, Driving Range, Horse Trail Rides available on select days, Eugene T. Mahoney SP, Ashland, 402-944-2523

May 5 – Disc Golf Tournament, Eugene T. Mahoney SP, Ashland, 10 a.m., 402-944-2523

May 7 – CRP informational meeting, Scotia, Community Hall, 102 S. Main St., 10 a.m.

May 7 – CRP informational meeting, Ord, Lower Loup Natural Resources District (NRD), 2620 Airport Drive, 1 p.m.

May 7 – CRP informational meeting, Bloomfield, Community Center, 101 S. Broadway, 2 p.m.

May 7 – CRP informational meeting, Loup City, Community Center, 803 O St., 5 p.m.

May 7 – CRP informational meeting, Ogallala, USDA Service Center, 1605 E. 1st St., 7:30 p.m.

May 7 – CRP informational meeting, Neligh, UNL Extension Service, 501 Main St., 7:30 p.m.

May 8 – CRP informational meeting, Pawnee City, Library, 735 8th St., 1 p.m.

May 8 – CRP informational meeting, O’Neill, UNL Extension Service, 128 N. 6th St., Ste. 100, 5 p.m.

May 8 – Beyond Becoming an Outdoors-Woman Archery Class: Introduction to Archery, Platte River SP, Louisville, 6-9 p.m., 402-471-5547 or christy.christiansen@nebraska.gov

May 9 – CRP informational meeting, Hartington, VFW, 126 E. Main St., 2 p.m.

May 9 – CRP informational meeting, Lincoln, UNL Extension Service, 444 Cherry Creek Road, 2:30 p.m.

May 9 – CRP informational meeting, Bartlett, Wheeler County Fairgrounds, 3 p.m.

May 9 – CRP informational meeting, Newcastle Fire, Hall, 205 Mary St., 7 p.m.

May 9 – CRP informational meeting, Stapleton, Community Center, 236 Main St., 7:30 p.m.

May 10 – CRP informational meeting, Beatrice, Homestead National Monument, 8523 Nebraska Hwy. 4, 1 p.m.

May 10 – Outdoor Education Rendezvous, Niobrara SP, Niobrara, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., 402-857-3373

May 11 – Fort Kearny Outdoor Discovery Program, Fort Kearny SRA, Kearney, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., 308-865-5305

May 12 – Mother’s Day Buffet, Fort Robinson SP, Crawford, 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m., 308-665-2900

May 12 – Mother’s Day Buffet, Ponca SP, Ponca, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., 402-755-2284

May 13 – CRP informational meeting, Alliance, Natural Resources Conservation Service, 124 E. 24th St., 10 a.m.

May 13 – CRP informational meeting, Omaha, Chalco Hills Recreation Area, 8901 S. 154th St., 1 p.m.

May 13 – CRP informational meeting, David City, Hruska Memorial Library, 399 5th St., 7:30 p.m.

May 14 – CRP informational meeting, Rushville, American Legion, 206 Sprague St., noon

May 14 – CRP informational meeting, Norfolk, Lifelong Learning Center, 801 E. Benjamin Ave., 2 p.m.

May 14 – CRP informational meeting, Pleasanton, Community Center, 202 N. Sycamore St., 5 p.m.

May 14 – CRP informational meeting, Imperial, Mid-Plains Community College, 1324 Broadway, 7 p.m.

May 14 – CRP informational meeting, Albion, Cornerstone Bank, 240 S. 3rd St., 7 p.m.

May 14 – CRP informational meeting, Wahoo, Lower Platte North NRD, 511 Commercial Park Road, 7:30 p.m.

May 14 – CRP informational meeting, Wallace, American Legion, 217 S. Commercial Ave., 7: 30 p.m.

May 15 – CRP informational meeting, Fairbury, Union Bank and Trust, 1313 K St., 9 a.m.

May 15 – CRP informational meeting, Franklin, Franklin County Fairgrounds, 10 a.m.

May 15 – CRP informational meeting, Bridgeport, USDA, 902 Main St., 11 a.m.

May 15 – CRP informational meeting, Lexington, Library, 907 N. Washington St., noon

May 15 – CRP informational meeting, St. Paul, The Gathering Place, 612 Howard Ave., 7 p.m.

May 15 – CRP informational meeting, Benkelman, Farm Service Agency, 1303 A St., 7 p.m.

May 15 – CRP informational meeting, Seward, The Cattle National Bank, 104 S. 5th, 7:30 p.m.

May 15 – Beyond Becoming an Outdoors-Woman Archery Class: Shopping for Bows, Platte River SP, Louisville, 6-9 p.m., 402-471-5547 or christy.christiansen@nebraska.gov

May 15 – Southeast District Birding Day, Schramm Park SRA, Gretna, 7:30 a.m., 402-471-5631

May 16 – CRP informational meeting, Sidney, South Platte NRD, 551 Parkland Drive, 9 a.m.

May 16 – CRP informational meeting, North Platte, UNL West Central Research and Extension Center auditorium, 402 W. State Farm Road, 7:30 a.m.

May 16 – CRP informational meeting, Blue Hill, Senior Center, 555 W. Gage St., 10 a.m.

May 16 – CRP informational meeting, Wilber, UNL Extension Service, 306 W. 3rd St., 2:30 p.m.

May 16 – CRP informational meeting, Sargent, Community Center, 314 W. Main St., 4:30 p.m.

May 16 – CRP informational meeting, Broken Bow, Mid-Plains Community College, 2520 S. E St., 6 p.m.

May 16 – CRP informational meeting, Pawnee City, Library, 735 8th St., 7 p.m.

May 16 – CRP informational meeting, Grant, Library, 246 Central Ave., 7 p.m.

May 17 – CRP informational meeting, Scottsbluff, North Platte NRD, 100547 Airport Road, 9 a.m.

May 20 – CRP informational meeting, Trenton, USDA, 36465 U.S. Hwy. 34, 6 p.m.

May 18 – Free Fishing and Park Entry Day, statewide

May 18 – Kids’ Derby for ages 12 and under, Fort Robinson SP, Crawford, 9 a.m.-noon, 308-665-2900

May 18 – Fishing Clinic, Fort Kearny SRA, Kearney, 9 a.m.-noon, 308-865-5305

May 18 – Wildcat Hills Free Park Day, Wildcat Hills Nature Center, Gering, 308-436-3777

May 18 – Kids’ Fishing Day, Fremont Lakes SRA, Fremont, 9 a.m.-noon, 402-727-2922

May 18 – Kids’ Fishing Day with a Twist, Victoria Springs SRA, Anselmo, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., 308-749-2265

May 18 – Kids’ Fishing Clinic, Lewis and Clark SRA, Crofton, 2-5 p.m., 402-388-4169

May 18 – Summit Lake SRA campground grand opening, Tekamah, all day, 402-468-5611

May 18-19 – Becoming an Outdoors-Family Program, Platte River SP, Louisville, 402-471-5547 or christy.christiansen@nebraska.gov

May 18-19 – Nebraska Walleye Association Fishing Tournament, Lewis and Clark SRA, Crofton, 402-388-4169

May 18-19 – Western Nebraska Bass Tournament, Lake McConaughy SRA, Ogallala, 402-659-2358

May 19 – Walleye Tournament, Lake McConaughy SRA, Ogallala, 308-255-2105

May 19 – 3-D Archery Shoot, Lake McConaughy SRA, Ogallala, 308-289-6509

May 20 – Application period for deer, elk and antelope draw permits begins, 1 p.m. Central time

May 20 – CRP informational meeting, Trenton, USDA, 36465 U.S. Hwy. 34, 6 p.m.

May 20-June 14 – General signup for Conservation Reserve Program, www.fsa.usda.gov

May 21 – CRP informational meeting, Chadron, Country Kitchen, 1250 W. 10th St., noon

May 21 – CRP informational meeting, Hayes Center, American Legion, 603 Tate St., 6 p.m.

May 22 – CRP informational meeting, Alma, Johnson Center, 509 Main St., 10 a.m.

May 22 – CRP informational meeting, Beaver City, Community Building, 318 10th St., 2 p.m.

May 22 – CRP informational meeting, McCook, 4-H Meeting Room, 1400 W. 5th St., 6 p.m.

May 22 – Beyond Becoming an Outdoors-Woman Archery Class: Tuning Your Bow, Platte River SP, Louisville, 6-9 p.m., 402-471-5547 or christy.christiansen@nebraska.gov

May 24 – Nebraska Game and Parks Commissioners meeting, Chadron State College, 1000 Main St., Chadron, 8 a.m.

May 24 – Registration closes for Run Wild 10k Run, Eugene T. Mahoney SP, Ashland, runwildne.org

May 24 – Roger G. Sykes Outdoor Heritage Education Complex Open House, Platte River SP, Louisville, 402-471-5547 or christy.christiansen@nebraska.gov

May 24-Sept. 2 – Kountze Memorial Theater opens, Eugene T. Mahoney SP, Ashland, 402-944-2523

May 25 – Buffalo Cookout, Niobrara SP, Niobrara, 6 p.m., 402-857-3373

May 25-27 – Living History, Fort Kearny SHP, Kearney, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., 308-865-5305

May 25-Sept. 1 – Post Playhouse Productions, Fort Robinson SP, Crawford, 308-665-2900

May 25-Sept. 1 – Horse Trail Rides, Niobrara SP, Niobrara, 402-857-3373

May 25-Sept. 2 – All state park system activities open

May 26 – Sidewalk Chalk Art, Niobrara SP, Niobrara, 10 a.m., 402-857-3373

May 27 – Memorial Day, Game and Parks offices closed; offices open at manned park areas, including Ak-Sar-Ben Aquarium

May 27 – National Park Service Campground Program, Niobrara SP, Niobrara, 10 a.m., 402-857-3373

May 29 – Family Fishing Event, Lake Halleck, Papillion, 6-8 p.m.

May 29 – Beyond Becoming an Outdoors-Woman Archery Class: Fun with Archery, Platte River SP, Louisville, 6-9 p.m., 402-471-5547 or christy.christiansen@nebraska.gov

May 30 – Family Fishing Event, Holmes Lake, Lincoln, 6-8 p.m.

May 31 – Spring turkey hunting season closes

Contact Game and Parks at 402-471-0641 or visit OutdoorNebraska.org for more information. Visit HuntSafeNebraska.org for a list of hunter education classes and BoatSafeNebraska.org for a list of boating safety

About Jerry Kane

Jerry Kane is the news manager with the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. He can be contacted at jerry.kane@nebraska.gov or 402-471-5008.

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