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Snakes of Nebraska event set for July 20-21 at Schramm Education Center

LINCOLN – See all 29 species of snakes found in Nebraska July 20-21 at Schramm Education Center. Herpetologist Dennis Ferraro of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln will show live snakes during the annual “Snakes of Nebraska” event. “Snakes are an integral part of our ecosystem, and this event provides an opportunity for visitors to gain knowledge, see Nebraska’s snakes up-close and have fun,” said Nebraska Game and Parks wildlife educator Lindsay Rogers. The live snake exhibits and presentation will run from …

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July 18 community fishing events in Norfolk and Lincoln cancelled because of heat

LINCOLN, Neb. – Two community fishing events scheduled for Thursday, July 18, have been cancelled due to a forecast of extreme heat. The events were scheduled to take place at Bowling Lake in Lincoln, and at Skyview Lake in Norfolk. Neither will be rescheduled. Upcoming community fishing events are scheduled for Aug. 1 in both communities. The Norfolk event will be at Skyview Lake from 7-9 p.m., and the Lincoln event will take place at Holmes Lake from 6-8 p.m. …

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Hunters have until July 19 to pay for big game permits awarded via drawing

LINCOLN, Neb. – Hunters who were awarded big game permits during the 2019 limited permit drawing have until July 19 to purchase their permits. Those who successfully drew permits must visit a Nebraska Game and Parks office or log into https://ngpc-home.ne.gov and pay for their permits by 11:59 p.m. on July 19. Failure to do so will result in forfeiture of both the permit and any preference or bonus points used in the drawing of the permit. Nebraska Game and …

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Girl Scouts invited to learn new outdoor skills during Girl Scouts Love State Parks Weekend

LINCOLN, Neb. – There are still spots available for Girl Scouts to take part in the first ever Girl Scouts Love State Parks weekend July 13-14 at various state recreation areas throughout Nebraska. Several state recreation areas including Fort Kearny, Lewis and Clark, Lake McConaughy and Wildcat Hills will offer free programming designed to help Girl Scouts and their families discover nature and challenge themselves to try new things. Activities are designed to encourage development of numerous outdoor skills and …

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Celebrate Independence Day with living history at Fort Atkinson

LINCOLN, Neb. – On July 6-7, Fort Atkinson State Historical Park will celebrate Independence Day with living history and several special features, including a Smithsonian exhibit and a Blackhawk helicopter static display on Saturday. Living history at Fort Atkinson includes blacksmiths, soldiers, laundresses, seamstresses and others portraying the world of the fort, complete with military drills, cannon firings and displays of period skills. Visitors are encouraged to ask questions and interact with the volunteers. From noon to 3:30 p.m. on …

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Registration now open for Fourth Annual Director’s Cup archery tournament

LINCOLN, Neb. – Registration is now open for the Fourth Annual Director’s Cup archery tournament, which will take place Aug. 11 at the Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center, 4703 N. 44th St., in Lincoln. The Director’s Cup is open to both serious archers and novices. The tournament uses a unique lake-of-the-woods format, in which archers shoot at varying distances based on age and discipline. Participants may register in one of 14 divisions, which include options for compound, recurve …

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Game and Parks accepting Gifford Point access permit applications July 1-31

LINCOLN, Neb. – People interested in hunting deer at Gifford Point Wildlife Management Area (WMA) this fall may apply for access permits July 1-31. Nebraska Game and Parks will issue 200 authorization permits to allow deer hunters access to the area. The use of rimfire and centerfire weapons is prohibited at Gifford. Muzzleloaders are not allowed during the November firearm deer season. The access permit allows access to take deer with archery equipment from Sept. 1 through Jan. 15 and …

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Fremont Lakes State Recreation Area reopen after flooding

LINCOLN, Neb. – Fremont Lakes State Recreation Area has reopened to public use. The park was temporarily closed after sustaining damage during March flooding. “Fremont Lakes is an important and very popular place for many Nebraskans to spend time with family and friends,” said Jeff Fields, regional superintendent for the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. “Our staff and many generous volunteers worked very hard to reopen this park in advance of the busy summer season.” While much of the park …

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Two Rivers SRA tentative reopening date set for May 15

LINCOLN, Neb. – Two Rivers State Recreation Area in Waterloo is tentatively expected to reopen to the public on May 15. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission temporarily closed the area after flooding damaged portions of the park in March. Also damaged was F Street, the road that provides access to the park. F Street reopened on May 2. The reopening of F Street will allow crews to more easily access the park to replace electrical pedestals and to repair …

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Rainbow trout stocking scheduled for two locations in Eastern Nebraska

LINCOLN, Neb. — Two lakes in eastern Nebraska will be stocked with rainbow trout March 25, according to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. The Calamus Fish Hatchery will stock 2,500 10-inch trout at CenturyLink Lake at Eugene T. Mahoney State Park and 1,500 trout at Weeping Water pond. Trout stockings across Nebraska may be delayed because of inclement weather and widespread flooding, which impacted roads and hatcheries. An updated scheduled will be provided when conditions improve. Visit outdoornebraska.gov/fishstockingreports/ for …

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