Those looking to take a traditional approach to cooking a delicious meal in the outdoors are encouraged to sign up for an upcoming program at Wildcat Hills State Recreation Area of Gering.
Amanda Filipi, Nebraska Game and Parks Commission outdoor education specialist, will present the “Lovin’ Dutch Oven” program Saturday, Nov. 1, at 9 a.m. at the Nature Center. The deadline to register is Friday, Oct. 24.
Filipi will demonstrate the age-old process of using Dutch ovens, cast iron pots with tight lids, to make meals and desserts. The method, which is believed to date back to the early 1700s in Holland, became a staple in the United States as European settlers moved westward and is increasingly becoming a favorite tool of campground cooks, Filipi said.
After helping prep and cook the meal, attendees will dine on the fruits of their labor. The cost is only $5 per person to cover the purchase of ingredients. Participants are encouraged to point out any special dietary needs upon registration. Sign up by calling the Nature Center at 308-436-3777.
Vehicles entering Wildcat Hills SRA are required to have a valid park entry permit, available from vendors throughout the state or online at outdoornebraska.org.