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Catch these Game and Parks education events in May

Nebraska Game and Parks Commission educators have scheduled interesting and engaging events for the curious in May. Here are several opportunities:

Bird Crawl in Venture Parks is May 14

Migrate to the Platte River valley May 14 for a daylong birding adventure. To celebrate Nebraska Bird Month and International Migratory Bird Day, the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is hosting Bird Crawl in the Venture Parks.

 Registered participants will receive an itinerary to guide them, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., through three of the region’s Venture Parks: Schramm Park State Recreation Area, Platte River State Park and Eugene T. Mahoney State Park. Each stop will include birding activities such as learning about raptors, dissecting owl pellets, birding hike, games, and building a bird feeder.

Participants must supply their own transportation; each vehicle entering a state park area requires a park entry permit.

Visit the event listing at calendar.outdoornebraska.gov for more information and to register.

Nature Nerd Night to feature Wildlife Research Wonders on May 17

In the Nebraska Nature Nerd Night virtual webinar Wildlife Research Wonders, outdoor educators will discuss the types of wildlife research that take place in the state. The free event starts at 7 p.m. Central time May 17.

Registration is required through the event listing at calendar.outdoornebraska.gov. Participants also may submit questions to be answered during the webinar while registering. For more information, contact monica.macoubrie@nebraska.gov or follow the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission or Nebraska Wildlife Education on Facebook.

Those unable to attend can view the recorded webinar on the Nebraska Game and Parks YouTube Education Channel.

The Nebraska Nature Nerd Night series, for curious adults, takes places on the third Tuesday of every month.

Five Nebraska Nature Nerd Trivia Nights scheduled for May 18

Grab your fellow nature nerds and join the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission as it hosts five Nebraska Nature Nerd Trivia Nights across the state May 18.

Nature is cool, so there is no shortage of topics questions could cover. Get your teams of no more than five players and be ready to compete for prizes. Registration is not required.

These events are for adults only and are free to attend with a purchase from the host brewery.

The Nebraska Nature Nerd Trivia Nights, which begin at 7 p.m., are at:

  • Scottsbluff – Flyover Brewing Company, 1824 Broadway
  • Lincoln – Cosmic Eye Brewing, 6800 P St., Ste. 300
  • Wayne – Johnnie Byrd Brewing Company, 121 N. Pearl St.
  • Elkhorn – Jukes Ale Works, 20560 Elkhorn Drive
  • North Platte – Pals Brewing Company, 4520 S. Buffalo Bill Ave.

For more information and or questions, email monica.macoubrie@nebraska.gov.

Homeschool Hike set for May 18 at Schramm Park SRA

Come to Schramm Park State Recreation Area near Gretna on May 18 for Homeschool Hikes, a nature exploration program for homeschool families.

On the third Wednesday of the month at 9 a.m., an outdoor educator leads a guided hike while participants ask questions, draw, observe and make discoveries in nature.

Visit the event listing at calendar.outdoornebraska.gov for more information and to register.

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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