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Game and Parks accepting Trout in the Classroom applications

LINCOLN, Neb. – Applications are being accepted until July 31 for the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission’s Trout in the Classroom curriculum program. Certified teachers are encouraged to take part in this innovative program that brings a fish hatchery into the classroom. Students learn about aquatic habitat, water quality, ecosystem interactions, food webs and life cycles while hatching and raising rainbow trout. The program, which began in 2013, is active in 62 classrooms across the state. Scholarship funding is available …

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Ranger programs ramping up at Fort Robinson, Chadron state parks

CHADRON, Neb. – A series of ranger programs is ramping up at Fort Robinson State Park and Chadron State Park this week. The educational programs, which address a wide variety of nature and history topics, are produced as a collaboration between the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, Agate Fossil Beds National Monument and the U.S. Forest Service’s Hudson-Meng Education and Research Center. The events at Chadron State Park will be at the Trading Post. Those at Fort Robinson will convene …

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Wildcat Hills Bioblitz identifies 141 species

Young "citizen scientists"

GERING, Neb. – Participants of the Wildcat Hills Bioblitz at Wildcat Hills State Recreation Area near Gering observed 141 species of plants, animals and insects Friday night and Saturday morning, July 7-8. About 70 volunteers became “citizen scientists” in taking a survey of the area from 1 p.m. Friday to noon Saturday. Amber Schiltz of the Bird Conservancy of the Rockies said good fortune came to the event from the start as a wild six-lined racerunner, a small lizard species, …

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Temporary campsite closure scheduled at Niobrara SP

LINCOLN, Neb. – Standard and tent campsites at Niobrara State Park will close for road construction July 11 and reopen July 13 at 3 p.m. Contractors will mill the road cracks on the bottom of the 3-mile loop and mill the top half for paving. The RV campground will be fog-coated during this same period, and the road from the park entrance booth to the RV campground will be milled and resurfaced. Contact the park for more information at 402-857-3373.

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Women invited to Beyond BOW Summer Shooting Series

LINCOLN, Neb. – Women who want to learn or increase their knowledge of shooting sports are invited to participate in the Beyond Becoming an Outdoors-Woman Summer Shooting Series. Expert instructors will teach participants all aspects of shooting sports, including safety. No prior experience is necessary and all equipment will be provided. Following are upcoming classes in July: July 12 – Introduction to Rifles, Platte River State Park (SP), 6-8 p.m., $10 fee July 15 – Ladies Day at the Range, …

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Learn bow fishing at Mahoney SP July 29-30

LINCOLN, Neb. – Learn all aspects of bow fishing at a clinic July 29-30 at Eugene T. Mahoney State Park. Participants will learn basic bow fishing skills, including knowledge of archery equipment and fish identification. The free event will take place from 9 a.m. to noon at CenturyLink Lake. A park entry permit is required.

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Draw permit results available; remaining big game permits available July 10

LINCOLN, Neb. – Results for elk, antelope and deer draw permit applications are now available and can be viewed at OutdoorNebraska.org. Click on Buy a Permit and then Draw Results. Deer and antelope permits that remain, including deer permits for all other units, will be available for purchase on a first-come basis beginning at 1 p.m. Central time on July 10. The drawing for deer, antelope and elk permits that typically are in the highest demand provides an equal opportunity …

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Colorado boy hurt in Lake Minatare boating accident

LINCOLN, Neb. – A 9-year-old Colorado boy was hospitalized with serious injuries following a boating accident July 3 at Lake Minatare in Scotts Bluff County. The boy was taken by ambulance to Regional West Medical Center in Scottsbluff. Scottsbluff radio station KNEB reported the boy was later transferred to a Denver hospital. The boat operator, who is from Briggsdale, Colorado, is the grandfather of the victim. Conservation officers were notified of the accident just before 1:30 p.m. Witness statements indicated …

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Chadron State Park event explores ‘Creatures of the Night’

CHADRON, Neb. – The public is invited to learn about and search for “Creatures of the Night” at Chadron State Park. On Saturday, July 8, Nebraska Game and Parks Commission outdoor education specialist Amanda Filipi will lead attendees on a journey to explore the park’s nocturnal animals, such as bats and owls. The group will meet at the lagoon deck near the park’s office at 8:30 p.m. The activity is open to the public free of charge, but a park …

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Disc golf, canoe races set at Chadron State Park

Disc golf player

CHADRON, Neb. – Amateur disc golfers and canoeists are being invited to participate in fun competitions at Chadron State Park on Sunday, July 9. As part of Chadron’s annual Fur Trade Days celebration, the park will be the site of the inaugural Disc Golf Challenge at 1 p.m., followed by the Kiwanis Fur Trade Regatta, the yearly canoe race, at 3 p.m. Each event will begin with registration at the shelter near the park’s lagoon 30 minutes prior to start. …

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