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Dutch Oven Program Set at Wildcat Hills SRA

Dutch oven cooking is the topic of a program set for Nov. 1 at Wildcat Hills State Recreation Area. (Justin Haag/NEBRASKAland)

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.

About Justin Haag

Justin Haag has served the Commission as a public information officer in the Panhandle since 2013. His duties include serving as regional editor for NEBRASKAland Magazine. Haag was raised in southwestern Nebraska, where he developed a love for fishing, hunting and other outdoor pursuits. After earning a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Chadron State College in 1996, he worked four years as an editor and reporter at newspapers in Chadron and McCook. Prior to joining the Commission in 2013, he worked 12 years as a communicator at Chadron State, serving as the institution’s media and public relations coordinator the last five. He and his wife, Cricket, live in Chadron, and have two children.

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