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Explore the parks with these Game and Parks events in June

Spend some time this summer in Nebraska’s state parks. During June, a variety of events are planned for those interested in history, conservation, nature and just having a good time. Here are several examples:

Buffalo Bill State Recreation Area Bioblitz

Enjoy two days of exploring the outdoors June 3-4 at the Buffalo Bill State Recreation Area Bioblitz in North Platte.

The information participants collect during the Bioblitz is used by wildlife biologists to conserve Nebraska’s wildlife.

Biologists from all over Nebraska will show participants the species they study. Nebraska’s conservation officers and the Nebraska Fur Harvesters will show pelts, skulls and bones of Nebraska native wildlife and answer any questions about wildlife law.

The event is free. A vehicle park entry permit is required. Contact Meghan Manary for more information at meghan.manary@nebraska.gov or see the calendar entry at calendar.outdoornebraska.gov.

Fort Atkinson to host Living History June 4-5

Travel 200 years back in time and experience living history weekend at Fort Atkinson State Historical Park on June 4-5.

On June 4 at 11 a.m., Suzanne Gucciardo will present on the diseases of Fort Atkinson in 1822 and the cures. Visitors will have the opportunity to walk along with “Lt. Gabriel Field and visitor Rev. Salmon Giddings” to learn about the fort on June 4 at 1 p.m. and June 5 at 11 a.m.

From noon-3 p.m., the public will have the opportunity to “interpret” a sick soldier and follow the path from the surgeon’s office to discover his fate. Interested volunteers should enter at the west gate for directions.

For more information on the day’s schedule of events, see the calendar entry at calendar.outdoornebraska.gov.

A valid Nebraska park entry permit is required for all vehicles to enter the park and can be purchased at the site. A per person fee is required at the Harold W. Andersen Visitor Center of $2 per adult and $1 per child. For more information, contact the park at ngpc.fort.atkinson@nebraska.gov or 402-468-5611.

Rock Creek Trail Days scheduled for June 4-5

Explore a place where road ranches served pioneers along the Oregon-California Trail, Pony Express riders carried mail across the West, and Wild Bill Hickok began a legendary career as a gunfighter. Rock Creek Trail Days is set for June 4-5 at Rock Creek Station State Historical Park.

The visitor center will be open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. each day. A buffalo stew cookout and guest speaker are scheduled for June 4.

For more information, see the calendar entry at calendar.outdoornebraska.gov. A vehicle park entry permit required.

Enders Outdoor Extravaganza set for June 25

Come to Enders Reservoir State Recreation Area on June 25 and enjoy a full day of activities for all ages with the Enders Outdoor Extravaganza.

Activities will include a 5K run, car show, working truck show, tractor show, Dutch oven cooking, BBQ smoke-off, outdoor games, kayaking, petting zoo, bounce house and live music.

For more information on the day’s schedule of events, see the calendar entry at calendar.outdoornebraska.gov.

Come to Wildcat Hills SRA for Tiny Creatures, Big Impacts

During National Pollinator Week, come to Wildcat Hills State Recreation Area on June 25 for Tiny Creatures, Big Impacts.

At this free event, which starts at 9 a.m. Mountain time, participants can discover many of the area pollinators and the roles they play in the environment. A vehicle park entry permit is required.

National Pollinator Week is June 20-26.

Fort Robinson to host Creatures of the Night: Bats

Discover the creatures that go bump in the night and uncover the mysteries of these nocturnal critters in the program Creatures of the Night: Bats, June 25 at Fort Robinson State Park.

See these secretive animals up close and learn about research being done to save bats. This free program begins at 8:30 p.m. Mountain time. A vehicle park entry permit is required.

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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