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State Park Summer Speaker Series Begins Friday

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A summer series of Friday night informational and entertaining programs in northwestern Nebraska’s two state parks kicks off this week. The first presentation, which is Friday, May 27, at 7 p.m. near the Trading Post at Chadron State Park, will guide attendees on how best to enjoy the many popular locations managed by the National Park Service, which turns 100 years old in August. The presenter will be Dr. William Earl, a seasonal ranger for the park service. The series …

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Second Vendor Blender Set at Fort Robinson State Park

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Unique arts and crafts will be on the market during the second annual Vendor Blender at Fort Robinson State Park on Saturday, June 11. More than 30 vendors have signed up to display their products at the Buffalo Barracks and Squad Room from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. The many items include essential oils, hand-made furniture and crafts, candy, beadwork, garden crafts, jewelry, photography, western art and décor, weight loss aids, and patriotic crafts. Also, many quilts that have been donated to …

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Swimming Pool Upgrades among Chadron State Park Improvements

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When Chadron State Park opens its many activities this weekend for the summer, return visitors to the swimming pool will be sure to notice improvements. The pool’s bath houses and office have been renovated with new showers, sinks, lockers, benches, countertops and paint. The upgrades not only boost the appeal of the pool, but also make it easier to use for people with disabilities. “We expect these new improvements to be popular with our visitors,” said Gregg Galbraith, park superintendent. …

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Fort Robinson Plans Celebration for Donated Quilts

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Fort Robinson State Park will celebrate the many quilters who have donated their creations to be used in the park’s lodging facilities this summer. Becky Serres, the park superintendent who is in charge of housekeeping, is planning a public tea June 4 from 1-4 p.m. in the Buffalo Soldiers Barracks just west of the park’s headquarters. The event is open to the public free of charge and the quilters have received an invitation to attend. “We received some really great …

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Flooding Prompts Closure of Some Bridgeport SRA Campsites

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Nebraska Game and Parks Commission officials are advising that about half of the campsites at Bridgeport State Recreation are closed because of flooding within the park. Gary Shoemaker, the park superintendent who manages Bridgeport SRA, said Tuesday that many of the campsites and roads in the northwest corner of the park are underwater because of the rising North Platte River. Sites on the east side remain open. Park employees will continue to monitor the situation and open the campsites as …

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Exhibition of Native American Music and Dance Set for June 18

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LINCOLN – Join in a celebration of Native American music and dance at Indian Cave State Park’s inaugural Dance of the Summer Moon event on June 18. Traditional dancers and musicians will perform throughout the day. Dance exhibitions and Native American heritage presentations will take place from 2 to 5 p.m. Dance exhibitions will continue from 6 to 8 p.m., with spectators encouraged to take part. A buffalo cookout will be held all day. Host drums – a drum group …

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June Outdoor Calendar

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LINCOLN – The following is a listing of Nebraska Game and Parks Commission events and important dates in June: June 1 – Underwater spearfishing season begins at Box Butte Reservoir and on private waters June 1 – Pollinators workshop, Public Library, Norfolk, 6:30 p.m., 402-370-3374 June 1 – Lake McConaughy/Lake Ogallala Master Plan public informational meeting, Quality Inn, Ogallala, 7 p.m., 402-471-5424 June 1-3 – Eligible landowners may apply for one elk permit June 1, 8, 15, 22 – Beyond …

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Birds at the Fort Event Set for June 4

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LINCOLN – Spend a morning with the birds at Fort Hartsuff State Historical Park’s (SHP) Birds at the Fort event on June 4. Beginning at 9 a.m., participants will receive hands-on instruction on how to identify local bird species and how to choose and use binoculars. Participants will then use their newfound skills while hiking around the fort. The morning will wrap up with a presentation by Nebraska’s Raptor Recovery group. The event is one of dozens across the state …

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Enjoy Variety of Memorial Day Weekend Events at State Parks

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LINCOLN – Enjoy the outdoors at more than a dozen events in Nebraska state parks over the Memorial Day weekend, May 28 – 30. The events are as diverse as the parks themselves. They include: May 28 – Migratory Bird Day, Indian Cave State Park (SP): Participate in a guided bird hike, a fish fry, outdoor movie and a glow-in-the-dark egg hunt. May 28 – Trout Presentation and Clinic, Two River State Recreation Area (SRA): Watch a presentation on trout, …

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Time Outdoors in Nebraska

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You may have already started noticing the sound of happy songbirds outside your bedroom window as you wake to the morning light. You will now! Take their lovely tweets as an invitation. And please… resist your urge to pull up Twitter after reading that. Get up and get dressed – dress accordingly. You will be doing some outdoor exploring today.  You should prepare yourself a backpack for the day. Sunscreen, check! Bug spray, check! Water bottle, check! Some other mentionables …

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