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Join the Great Park Pursuit for a Nebraska outdoor adventure

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LINCOLN, Neb. — Explore Nebraska parks, engage in healthy recreation — and possibly win prizes — by joining the 2021 Great Park Pursuit, an exploration of 20 official parks sites across the state. The free program encourages participants to visit the designated community, regional, state and federal parks between now and Sept. 30, 2021. Participants must register at negpp.org. This year’s participating parks are: Barnett Park, McCook; Bussell Park, Ord; Enders Reservoir State Recreation Area, Enders; Fort Kearny State Historical Park, Kearney; …

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Game and Parks offers tips to stay safe on next paddling trip

Scenes from 2012 Becoming an Outdoors Woman workshop at Nebraska 4-H Camp, Nebraska National Forest, Bessey Ranger District, Near Halsey. Kayaking on Middle Loup River. Instructor Suzanne Ridder of NGPC.

LINCOLN, Neb. – Warming weather brings out paddlers looking to enjoy a day on the water. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission reminds them to keep safety their top priority. Even though air temperatures quickly can warm this time of year, Nebraska’s waters still are relatively cold. And the lakes and rivers often are considered milder waters, which can jade the perception of operators of paddle craft. The following are tips to stay safe when out on a paddling adventure: …

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Game and Parks educators focus on birds and butterflies this May

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LINCOLN, Neb. — Those curious about nature have opportunities to learn about birds, get trained to survey butterflies and more with Nebraska Game and Parks Commission educators in the month of May. Here are ways to boost your nature knowledge: Nature Nerd Night explores role of lady birds LINCOLN, Neb. — Join the hosts and science educators from Nebraska Game and Parks in talking about the real showstoppers of the bird world: the females. Ladies Run the (Bird) World, part …

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Free Fishing and Park Entry Day is May 22

LINCOLN, Neb. – Free Fishing and Park Entry Day in Nebraska is May 22. Enjoy a Saturday of fishing or state park activities during the park system centennial year without the need to purchase a fishing or park entry permit for the day. Free Fishing and Park Entry Day, held annually in Nebraska on the Saturday preceding Memorial Day weekend, means anyone can explore outdoor opportunities at any Nebraska state park, state recreation area or state historical park. Anglers must …

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Discover Nebraska’s Nine State Historical Parks in New Documentary on NET

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EDITOR’S NOTE: A video preview and photo is available at http://netnebraska.org/news-releases/discover-nebraskas-nine-state-historical-parks-new-documentary-net. For more information, contact Kim Rogers at krogers@netNebraska.org. LINCOLN, Neb. – Just in time for summer road trip planning, NET, Nebraska’s PBS & NPR Stations, premieres “Adventures in History: Discovering Nebraska’s State Historical Parks.” The documentary, produced in partnership with the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, airs at 7 p.m. CT, Sunday, May 23, on NET World. Program host and narrator Stephanie Arne, an accomplished conservationist, explores each of Nebraska’s …

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New online resource helps anglers ID fish

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LINCOLN, Neb. — A new online guide will help Nebraska anglers correctly identify the fish on the other end of their line. Fish Key: A Guide to the Most Commonly Caught Fish in Nebraska is available at OutdoorNebraska.org/fishidentification. It’s viewable on mobile devices or can be downloaded and printed to carry along. The guide is an important tool in ensuring anglers know what they’ve caught; it is intended to be used in tandem with the Fishing Guide, which lists regulations, such …

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Fort Hartsuff Spring Muster set for May 15-16

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LINCOLN, Neb. — Come to Fort Hartsuff State Historical Park on May 15-16 for the 13th Annual Spring Muster. Activities begin at 9 a.m. each day, as guests can interact with reenactors portraying soldiers. There will be cannon firing, drills, skirmishes and blacksmithing. Picnic tables will be available for those who bring a lunch. The park is located 6 miles southeast of Burwell in Valley County. A vehicle park entry permit is required. Contact the park for more information at …

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Tickets go on sale for Midwest Dueling Pianos event

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LINCOLN, Neb. — Tickets are now on sale for Midwest Dueling Pianos set for June 5 at Lewis and Clark State Recreation area in Crofton. Dueling Pianos is a mix of music and comedy. The event, slated to begin at 6:30 p.m. at the park, will cap a day full of activities in honor of the Nebraska state parks system centennial. Papa Tom’s BBQ and Grandpa Dan’s Popcorn will be on site, along with CJ’s At The Lake providing a …

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Celebrate Mother’s Day with a picnic at Ponca State Park

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LINCOLN, Neb. — As the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission celebrates 100 years of the Nebraska state park system, Ponca State Park is stepping back in time with their Mother’s Day lunch celebration. This year, guests can celebrate Mother’s Day with a picnic from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 9 at the park in northeast Nebraska. Picnic baskets will include a tablecloth, broasted chicken, cheesy potatoes, vegetable, dinner roll, and dessert for $10 per person. Maps will be provided …

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Venture Parks seek seasonal workers

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LINCOLN, Neb. — The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is accepting applications for seasonal jobs at its Venture Parks in the Omaha metro area. All experience levels are welcome. Eugene T. Mahoney and Platte River state parks, Louisville and Two Rivers state recreation areas and the Schramm Education Center offer a variety of summer job options, including landscaping, facility maintenance, lifeguards, housekeeping, food service and naturalist programming. Hands-on experience in hospitality management, food service management, landscaping, business administration, HVAC and …

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