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May Outdoor Calendar

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

April 30, May 1-2 – Cornhusker Trap Shoot, Doniphan, cornhusker-trap.com

May 1 – Explore Archery, Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center, Lincoln, 6-7 p.m., 402-471-6141

May 1-2 – Toast Nebraska, Eugene T. Mahoney State Park (SP), Ashland, 1-10 p.m., 402-944-2523

May 2 – Take Pride in America Day Cleanup at Verdon Lake State Recreation Area (SRA), Verdon, 9 a.m., 402-883-2575

May 2 – Grassland Bird Bonanza!, Sherman Reservoir SRA, Loup City, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., 308-745-0230

May 2-3 – Living History, Fort Atkinson State Historical Park (SHP), Fort Calhoun, 402-468-5611

May 2-3 – Outdoor Cooking Camp, Ponca SP, Ponca, 402-755-2284

May 2-3, 22-24 – Pioneer Longrifle Rendezvous, Indian Cave SP, Shubert, 402-883-2575

May 4, 11, 18 – Firearm Introduction to Safety and Marksmanship, Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center, Lincoln, 6:45 p.m., 403-471-6141

May 6, 13, 20, 27 – Beyond Becoming an Outdoors-Woman handgun classes, Platte River SP, Louisville, 402-471-5547

May 7, 14, 21 – Explore Archery, Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center, Lincoln, 2:30 and 4:30 p.m., 403-471-6141

May 8 – Outdoor Educational Rendezvous, Niobrara SP, Niobrara, 402-857-3373

May 9 – Lucky Bucket Brewing 7K, Eugene T. Mahoney SP, Ashland, 402-944-2523

May 9 – Family Fishing Event, Fort Kearny SRA, Kearney, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., 308-865-5305

May 9 – International Bird Migration Day, Ponca SP, Ponca, 402-755-2284

May 9 – Fort Kearny Outdoor Expo, Fort Kearny SRA, 308-865-5305

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

May 10 – Mother’s Day Buffet, Ponca SP, Ponca, 402-755-2284

May 10 – Birding, Platte River SP, Louisville, 8 a.m.-noon, 402-234-2217

May 13 – Beginner Birding Event, Fort Hartsuff SHP, Burwell, 308-346-4715

May 15 – Nebraska Game and Parks Commission meeting, Ogallala

May 16 – Free Fishing and Park Entry Day, no fishing or park entry permits required this day

May 16 – Fishing Clinic, Alexandria SRA, Alexandria, 402-729-5777

May 16 – Family Adventure Day, Johnson Lake SHP, Elwood, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., 308-785-3685

May 16 – Bird Watching Tour, Ash Hollow SHP, Lewellen, 308-778-5651

May 16 – Living History Day, Rock Creek Station SHP, Fairbury, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., 402-729-5777

May 16 – Wildlands Day, Wildcat Hills Nature Center, Gering, 308-436-3777

May 16 – Southwest Reservoirs Family Funfest, Medicine Creek SRA, Cambridge, 308-697-4667

May 16 – Barbecue and Kids’ Fishing Derby, Fort Robinson SP, Crawford, 308-665-2900

May 16 – Birds, Butterflies and Pollinators, Rock Creek Station SHP, Fairbury, 10:30 a.m.-noon, 402-729-5777

May 16 – Birding Hike, Chadron SP, Chadron, 9-10 a.m., 308-432-6167

May 16 – Fishing Clinic and Fun Day, Platte River SP, Louisville, 9 a.m., 402-234-2217

May 16 – Run Wild 10K, 5K and Kids’ Run, Eugene T. Mahoney SP, Ashland, 402-944-2523

May 17 – Family Fishing Event, Riverside Zoo pond, Scottsbluff, 4-7 p.m.

May 18-June 5 – Eligible landowners may apply for one elk permit

May 22 – Fort Robinson Inn Restaurant opens for season, Fort Robinson SP, Crawford, 308-665-2900

May 22 – Open House, Roger G. Sykes Outdoor Heritage Education Complex, Platte River SP, Louisville, 402-471-5547

May 23 – Official opening of summer state park activities

May 23 – Summer Hours Begin at Roger G. Sykes Outdoor Heritage Education Complex, Platte River SP, Louisville, 402-471-5547

May 23 – Migratory Bird Day, Indian Cave SP, Shubert, 7 a.m., 402-883-2575

May 23 – Birding, Platte River SP, Louisville, 8:30-10:30 a.m., 402-234-2217

May 23 – Early Bird Hike, Niobrara SP, Niobrara, 7-8:30 a.m., 402-857-3373

May 23 – Mist Netting and Bird Identification Program, Niobrara SP, Niobrara, 10-11:30 a.m., 402-857-3373

May 23 – Early Bird Hike and Bird in Hand Program, Niobrara SP, Niobrara, 402-857-3373

May 23-25 – Living History, Fort Kearny SHP, Kearney, 308-865-5305

May 26 – Family Fishing Event, Crystal Cove, South Sioux City, 6-8 p.m.

May 27 – Family Fishing Event, Halleck Lake, Papillion, 6-8 p.m.

May 27 – Family Fishing Event, Neligh Park Lake, West Point, 6-8 p.m.

May 28 – Family Fishing Event, Holmes Lake, Lincoln, 6-8 p.m.

May 28 – Explore Archery, Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center, Lincoln, 4:30 p.m., 403-471-6141

May 30 – Bird Walk, Lake Wanahoo SRA, Wahoo, 8:30-11 a.m., 402-359-5165

May 31 – Spring turkey seasons close

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 classes.

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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