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Catch these Game and Parks education events in November

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

Little Saplings early childhood program presents Look at Leaves

Adults looking to explore the outdoors with their young children are invited to Little Saplings, a monthly early childhood nature discovery program at Schramm Education Center near Gretna.

The series, which continues Nov. 2 with the theme Look at Leaves, is at 9 a.m. the first Wednesday of each month, through December. It is designed for children ages 2-5 and their adult caregiver.

See the calendar event entry at calendar.outdoornebraska.gov for more information.

Homeschool Hike set for Nov. 16 at Schramm Park SRA

Homeschool families are invited to join an outdoor educator on a guided hike at Schramm Park State Recreation Area near Gretna during the Homeschool Hikes program Nov. 16.

This nature exploration program geared for homeschool families takes place at 9 a.m. on the third Wednesday of each month, through December. While an educator leads the hike, participants ask questions, draw, observe and make discoveries in nature.

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

Nebraska Nature Nerd Trivia Night scheduled for Nov. 9

Join the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission as it hosts Nebraska Nature Nerd Trivia Night at Cosmic Eye Brewing in Lincoln on Nov. 9.

Cosmic Eye, located at 6800 P St., Ste. 300, will host the event, which will focus on invasive species, exotic animals and animals that run rampant in Nebraska, at 7 p.m.

Get your teams of no more than five players and be ready to compete for prizes. These events are for adults only and are free to attend with a purchase from the brewery.

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

‘The Science of …’ virtual webinar series continues

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission’s virtual webinar series “The Science of …” continues in November. Every Thursday at 3 p.m. Central time, Game and Parks educators will discuss the science behind common things regarding nature and animals. The topics are: Nov. 3 – Insect Antennae; Nov. 10 – Catfish.

The webinars are free, but separate registration is required for each. See the calendar event entries at calendar.outdoornebraska.gov for registration links.

Contact monica.macoubrie@nebraska.gov for more information.

Nature Nerd Night to feature carnivores on Nov. 15

In the Nebraska Nature Nerd Night virtual webinar Carnivore Ecology, outdoor educators will explore how carnivores have shaped our prehistoric and current world here in Nebraska. The free event starts at 7 p.m. Central time Nov. 15.

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.

Wildcat Hills to host Turkey Talk homeschool program

Discover the unique characteristics of turkeys and how they communicate with each other during the Wildcat Hills Homeschool Program Turkey Talk on Nov. 10 at Wildcat Hills State Recreation Area.

This program meets once a month at 10 a.m. Mountain time at the Wildcat Hills Nature Center.

The program is free, but a vehicle park entry permit is required. For more information contact the Nature Center at 308-436-3777. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Wildcat Tales preschool program is Nov. 15

Wildcat Hills State Recreation Area will host the monthly Wildcat Tales preschool program Nov. 15.

The program Web Walkers, which will explore spiders, will meet at the Nature Center at 10 a.m. Mountain time. There will be a lesson plan, story and hands-on activity specifically targeted for children ages 2-6 years.

The program is free, but a vehicle park entry permit is required. For more information contact the Nature Center at 308-436-3777. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Family Nature Nights scheduled Nov. 8, 22

Bring the family and enjoy some unstructured outdoor exploration Nov. 8 and 22 at the Outdoor Classroom, located at the northeast district office of the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission in Norfolk.

This free program is for all ages. It will be from 6-8 p.m. both nights at the Outdoor Classroom, 2201 N. 13th St. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

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

Webinar to discuss cultural, historical interpretation

Join a free, virtual webinar panel discussion on cultural and historical interpretation at 12:30 p.m. Central time Nov. 9.

Hear from professional cultural and historical interpreters representing state, federal and community interpretation sites across Nebraska on successful methods used in interpreting cultural and historical resources in Nebraska.

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

Missouri River watershed subject of educator workshop

Educators are invited to Ponca State Park for Discover a Watershed: The Missouri.

This workshop for formal and informal educators at 10 a.m. Nov. 19 will explore how to engage students in this watershed. Instructors will take a closer look at how environmental stewardship and conservation strategies can be used to address the complex issues facing the Missouri Basin.

This workshop includes an educator’s guide, with 36 activities that cover the Missouri Basin’s hydrology, geology, cities, agriculture, recreation, plant and animal species, stewardship and more.

This is a free workshop (a park entry permit is required), but registration is required. Visit the event listing at calendar.outdoornebraska.gov to register or for more information.

Veterans Appreciation Day at Platte River SP on Nov. 12

Platte River State Park will host Veterans Appreciation Day on Nov. 12. The first 50 visitors with a military ID will receive a token for one free shooting activity at the Roger G. Sykes Outdoor Heritage Complex from 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Instructors will be available for trap shooting, .22 rifles, pellet guns, archery, tomahawks and slingshots. There also will be naturalists at the event with outdoor learning activities.

See a listing of more education events at Nebraska’s Venture Parks at outdoornebraska.gov/ventureparks.

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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