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Get Your Sweetie Outdoors

February is the month for love and a great time to get you Sweetie outdoors.  So skip the dinner and a movie and head outdoors for a more exclusive and adventurous date. February in Nebraska provides a variety of novel date activities for any lover of the outdoors. Turn an ordinary hike with your partner this month into a hunt for sheds dropped by deer, pronghorn antelope, or elk. February also provides adequate  weather for you and your significant other …

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Get early bird tickets for Nebraska wine festival

LINCOLN, Neb. – Guests who purchase a ticket to the Sip Nebraska wine festival at Eugene T. Mahoney State Park before Feb. 20 are eligible for a special discount. Now in its fourth year, the May 5-6 festival features wine and hard cider tastings from Nebraska wineries, as well as live entertainment, artisan vendors, education sessions, dance lessons and trolley tours through the park. Transportation options to and from the park will be offered, as well as Uber on-site. A …

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View sandhill cranes at Fort Kearny SHP

LINCOLN, Neb. – Sandhill crane enthusiasts are invited to visit Fort Kearny State Historical Park to enjoy the spring migration. The visitor center will open daily March 3 – April 9 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Staff will answer questions and direct visitors to viewing areas. One popular viewing location is the hike-bike bridge over the Platte River at Fort Kearny State Recreation Area. The bridge is one-third mile from the parking area. The best viewing times are a half hour …

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Two watercraft inspection workshops scheduled

LINCOLN, Neb. – Watercraft inspection workshops are scheduled for Feb. 22 at Lake McConaughy State Recreation Area Visitor Center and March 1 at Ak-Sar-Ben Aquarium. The workshops, which begin at 7 p.m., will provide an overview of the current Nebraska Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Program, current regulations, status of these problem species across Nebraska, things boat owners, operators and/or mechanics need to look for and what they can do to prevent the spread of AIS, and steps to remove AIS …

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Cowboy Poetry and Music Jam canceled

LINCOLN, Neb. – The Cowboy Poetry and Music Jam, scheduled for Feb. 12 at Bowring Ranch State Historical Park, has been canceled because of weather conditions. The event might be rescheduled. The park is located north of Merriman in Cherry County.

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Experience Valentine’s Day at a Nebraska state park

LINCOLN, Neb. – Escape the hustle and bustle this year and spend Valentine’s Day in a relaxed setting at a Nebraska state park or recreation area. Several parks will be offering discounted lodging, gift packages, special dinners and birding tours. Reserve a cabin or lodge room at Eugene T. Mahoney State Park (SP) between Feb. 10-14 (Friday through Tuesday) and add a Valentine package to your reservation. Reservations on Monday and Tuesday are at a 30 percent discounted rate. Gift …

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Mormon Island SRA reopens after flood waters recede

LINCOLN, Neb. – Mormon Island State Recreation Area near Doniphan has reopened to the public. Late last week, an ice jam on the Platte River led to flooding in parts of the recreation area, and the campground lost power. Nebraska Game and Parks Commission officials on Feb. 3 closed the area until further notice. On Feb. 7, officials decided to reopen the park after flood waters receded and power to the campground was restored. Just off Interstate 80, Mormon Island …

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Mormon Island State Recreation Area temporarily closed

LINCOLN, Neb. – Mormon Island State Recreation Area near Doniphan is temporarily closed. An ice jam on the Platte River led to flooding in parts of the recreation area. Nebraska Game and Parks officials on Friday made the decision to close the area until further notice. Officials expect that the flooding will subside as the ice jam breaks up. -30-

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Platte River SP trail bridge to close temporarily

LINCOLN, Neb. – The Owen Crossing Bridge at Platte River State Park will be temporarily closed for maintenance Feb. 13 – March 31. The hike-bike trail bridge in the northeast portion of the park spans Decker Creek. The closure will temporarily cut off access to the trails in the Sjogren wildlife track. The park has several other trails that will not be affected. A park entry permit is required of each vehicle entering the park.

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Birds and Breakfast event set for Feb. 11 at Ponca SP

LINCOLN, Neb. – Treat yourself and your valentine to birding counts and hikes, breakfast and a scavenger hunt during Ponca State Park’s Birds and Breakfast event Saturday, Feb. 11. Cabin guests and birders can enjoy a breakfast of biscuits and gravy, scrambled eggs and sausage links, which is free to cabin guests. Call the park at 402-755-2284 to register. The day’s activities also include Great Backyard Bird Count tours with an expert birder from the Loess Hills Audubon Society, a …

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