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

May 1, 7-8, 14-15, 21-22 –Roger G. Sykes Outdoor Heritage Education Complex open, Platte River SP, Louisville, 402-471-5547

May 3 – Women’s Firearm Series: Introduction to Handguns, Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center, Lincoln, 6:30-9 p.m., 402-471-6141

May 3, 10, 17 – Outdoor Skills Club, Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center, Lincoln, 2-4 p.m., 402-471-6141

May 3, 10, 17, 24 – Best Shots Rifle Marksmanship for Ages 10-16, Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center, Lincoln, 6-8 p.m., 402-471-6141

May 3, 17 – Ladies Day at the Range, Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center, Lincoln, 6:30-8 p.m., 402-471-6141

May 3, 17 – First Steps Pistol, Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center, Lincoln, 6-9 p.m., 402-471-6141

May 4 – Introduction to Gun Safety and Technique for Young Shooters, Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center, Lincoln, 5:30-6:15 p.m., 402-471-6141

May 5, 12, 19, 26 – Explore Archery, Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center, Lincoln, 6-7 p.m., 402-471-6141

May 6 – Outdoor Educational Rendezvous, Niobrara State Park (SP), Niobrara, 402-857-3373

May 6-7 – Toast Nebraska, Eugene T. Mahoney SP, Ashland, 402-944-2523

May 7 – Take Pride in America Day Cleanup at Verdon Lake State Recreation Area (SRA), Verdon, 402-883-2575

May 7 – Critter Corner, Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center, Lincoln, noon-4 p.m., 402-471-6141

May 7 – Nebraska Bird Month activities, Ponca SP, Ponca, 402-755-2284; Fort Kearny SRA, Kearney, 308-865-5305

May 7 – Archery Fun Shoot, Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center, Lincoln, noon-4 p.m., 402-471-6141

May 7 – Fort Kearny Outdoor Expo, Fort Kearny SRA, Kearney, 308-865-5305

May 7, 22 – Birding in the Park, Platte River SP, Louisville, 8:30-11:30 a.m., 402-234-2217

May 8 – Mother’s Day Buffet, Fort Robinson SP, Crawford, 308-665-2900

May 8 – Mother’s Day Buffet, Ponca SP, Ponca, 402-755-2284

May 8 – Mother’s Day Buffet, Platte River SP, Louisville, 402-234-2217

May 8 – Family Fishing Event, Zoo Pond, Scottsbluff, 5-7 p.m.

May 11 – Southeast District Birding Day, Burchard Wildlife Management Area, Burchard, 7:30 a.m.-1 p.m., sam.cowan@nebraska.gov

May 11 – Introduction to Shotguns and Trap Shooting, Platte River SP, Louisville, 6-8 p.m., 402-471-5547

May 11 – Fort Atkinson SHP Tactical Plan public informational meeting, Fort Calhoun, 7 p.m., 402-471-5424

May 14 – BioBlitz, Niobrara SP, Niobrara, 5 a.m.-10 p.m., ngpc.bioblitz@nebraska.gov

May 14 – Nebraska Bird Month activities, Niobrara SP, Niobrara, 402-857-3373

May 14 – Flying WILD Workshop, Platte River SP, Louisville, 9 a.m.-noon, 402-471-5363

May 14 – Family Fishing Event, Medicine Creek Reservoir SRA, Cambridge, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

May 16-June 3 – Eligible landowners may apply for one elk permit

May 17 – Linking Science and Literature Learning: Birds, Elkhorn Valley Museum, Norfolk, 6-9 p.m., 402-471-5581

May 19 – Northeast District Birding Day, Wiseman Wildlife Management Area, Wynot, 5:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., jamie.bachmann@nebraska.gov

May 20 – Kids’ Summer Kickoff, Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center, Lincoln, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., 402-471-6141

May 21 – Free Fishing and Park Entry Day, no fishing or park entry permits required this day

May 21 – Kids’ Fishing Day, Victoria Springs SRA, Anselmo, 308-749-2235

May 21 – Kids’ Fishing Event, Fremont SRA, Fremont, 9 a.m.-noon, 402-727-2922

May 21 – Free Fishing Clinic, Platte River SP, Louisville, 9-11 a.m., 402-234-2217

May 21 – Free Park and Fish Day at Lake 6, Fort Kearny SRA, Kearney, 9 a.m.-noon, 308-865-5305

May 21 – Barbecue and Kids’ Fishing Derby, Fort Robinson SP, Crawford, 308-665-2900

May 21 – Free Park Day Event, Wildcat Hills SRA, Gering, 9 a.m.-noon, 308-436-3777

May 21 – Take Aim at Summer, Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center, Lincoln, 402-471-6141

May 21 – Migratory Bird Program, Lewis and Clark SRA, Crofton, 402-288-4169

May 21 – Windy River Old Time String Band Program, Rock Creek Station SHP, Fairbury, 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m., 402-729-5777

May 21 – BioBlitz, Enders Reservoir SRA, Enders, 5 a.m.-9 p.m., ngpc.bioblitz@nebraska.gov

May 22 – 3-D Archery Shoot, Red Willow Reservoir SRA, McCook, 2 p.m., 308-345-5899

May 24 – Family Fishing Event, Holmes Lake, Lincoln, 6-8 p.m.

May 26 – Linking Science and Literature Learning: Birds, Hastings Museum, Hastings, 6-9 p.m., 402-471-5581

May 26 – Family Fishing Event, Lake Halleck, Papillion, 6-8 p.m.

May 26 – Fishing Formula for Success, Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center, Lincoln, 6-8 p.m., 402-471-6141

May 27 – Fort Robinson Inn Restaurant opens for season, Fort Robinson SP, Crawford, 4 p.m., 308-665-2900

May 27 – Take Aim at Summer, Platte River SP, Louisville, 4-8 p.m., 402-471-5547

May 28 – National Trails Day, Johnson Lake SRA, Elwood, 308-785-2685

May 28 – Migratory Bird Day, Indian Cave SP, Shubert, 402-883-2575

May 28 – Early Bird Hike and Bird in Hand Program, Niobrara SP, Niobrara, 7 a.m., 402-857-3373

May 28 – Buffalo Cookout and Entertainment, Niobrara SP, Niobrara, 6 p.m., 402-857-3373

May 28 – Blue Bird Program, Lewis and Clark SRA, Crofton, 402-288-4169

May 28-30 – Living History, Fort Kearny SHP, Kearney, 308-865-5305

May 30 – Entry deadline for Director’s Cup Archery Tournament

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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