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‘Wildlife and Watercolors’ program set at Wildcat Hills

GERING, Neb. — Participants of a program at the Wildcat Hills Nature Center will express their appreciation for wildlife through the art of watercolor painting. “Wildlife and Watercolors,” the next installment of the center’s Wildcat Weekend series of events, will be Saturday, March 10, at 10 a.m.

Amanda Filipi, outdoor education specialist for the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, said the event is designed for all ages and is especially ideal for anyone looking to start a new hobby. She said experienced watercolor painters will be on hand to help with the event.

“We’ll talk about some of the wild animals we might see in this area and give people some ideas of ones they can paint,” she said. “And we’ll give people the basics of painting with watercolor.”

Filipi said many artists have created beautiful wildlife artwork from watercolor and hopes that attendees will be inspired to do the same.

“There is a lot of great watercolor wildlife art out there and we hope people will gain a new appreciation for art and nature through this medium,” she said.

The event has a $10 fee for supplies and the deadline to register is March 3. The center is located at Wildcat Hills State Recreation Area south of Gering, which requires a Nebraska Park Entry Permit for vehicles.

Other Upcoming Wildcat Weekend Events

  • Powerful Pollinators, April 14
  • Wildlands Day/Free Park Entry Day, May 19
  • Wildflower Walk, June 8
  • Bighorn Sheep Hike, July 14
  • Going Batty, Aug. 4
  • Birds and Bagels, Sept. 8
  • Howl in the Hills Night Hike, Oct. 13
  • Turkey Trot, Nov. 3
  • Nature’s Gifts: Decorations from the Great Outdoors, Dec. 8


About justin haag

Justin Haag serves the Panhandle as a public information officer for the Commission, also 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 enjoy introducing their two children to the many outdoor recreational opportunities of the Pine Ridge region.

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