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Anxiously Awaiting The First Morels Of The Season

Tersh Kepler of Omaha, NE is closely monitoring his yard for the appearance of dandelions. Why? Because, that will be his sign that morel mushrooms have popped up in his river bottom woods. Many folks in Nebraska are getting antsy to head to their morel mushroom picking spots along river and creek woodlands. But, when will the morels emerge? Kepler says the sprouting of dandelions in his Omaha yard will be the indicator, however,  he knows there is more to it. Whether vigilant for dandelion flowers, tree buds, blooming lilacs or flowering woodland …

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Visit Indian Cave State Park for Outdoor Adventure on April 28

LINCOLN, Neb. – Enjoy a day of fun, food and fungi April 28 at the 7th Annual Outdoor Adventure at Indian Cave State Park. The day’s activities include a mushroom hunting contest, Morel Mile run and 5k race, biscuits and gravy breakfast, hayrack rides, archery, horseback rides, Dutch Oven cooking and kayaking. Biscuits and gravy will be served for breakfast, and a fish fry will be served for lunch. This event is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. A …

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Southeast District Birding Day set for May 2 at Indian Cave SP

LINCOLN, Neb. – Birders are invited to join the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission for Southeast District Birding Day on May 2 at Indian Cave State Park. Birders will meet at 7:30 a.m. in the park entrance parking lot. A park entry permit is required for each vehicle. Birders will split into groups and hike various sites within the park looking for bird species. A lunch break will feature speakers and a review of species observed. Participants should bring lunch, …

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Public invited to Indian Cave SP design charrette open house April 12

LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will host an open house April 12 about possible future development at Indian Cave State Park. The open house will take place in Falls City from 5-6:30 p.m. at the Grand Weaver Hotel, 1800 Stone St. The open house concludes a two-day design charrette held at the park. A design charrette is a planning session where citizens and stakeholders collaborate on the vision of a development project. The open house will …

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Learn new skills at Fort Kearny Outdoor Expo on May 12

LINCOLN, Neb. – Get ready for summer by learning some new outdoor skills at the 12th annual Fort Kearny Outdoor Expo on May 12. This free Expo, designed for family members of all ages and experience levels, will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Fort Kearny State Recreation Area, located just south of Kearney. A park entry permit is required of each vehicle entering the park. The Expo offers opportunities for participants to get hands-on experience in …

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Treetop Adventure coming to Eugene T. Mahoney State Park

LINCOLN, Neb — Go Ape, the nation’s leading treetop adventure company, is opening its first location in Nebraska on Saturday, April 28 at Eugene T. Mahoney State Park near Ashland. The course, which was developed through a partnership with the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, is centrally located between Lincoln and Omaha. The media is invited to attend a special preview on Arbor Day, Friday, April 27 at 11 a.m. “Eugene T. Mahoney State Park is a premier recreational destination …

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Learn traditional rifle marksmanship at Project Appleseed event

LINCOLN, Neb. – Learn traditional rifle marksmanship skills in a safe, family-friendly environment at the Project Appleseed clinic April 15 at Platte River State Park’s Roger G. Sykes Outdoor Heritage Complex. Project Appleseed events teach traditional rifle marksmanship skills while reconnecting Americans of all ages and backgrounds to the people and events of our nation’s founding. Only .22 rimfire rifles will be allowed at this daylong event (Smith and Wesson M&P 15-22 rifles not allowed). Participants will learn the six …

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Walleye egg collections begin April 2

LINCOLN, Neb. – Fisheries staff at the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission again this spring will capture spawning walleyes to collect eggs to meet stocking requests. Sherman Reservoir, Merritt Reservoir and Lake McConaughy have again been selected locations for this operation. The collection goal to meet 2018 walleye stocking requests is approximately 88 million eggs (700 quarts). As of April 1, a designated area along the dam at Sherman is closed to bank anglers and boats following sunset. The collection …

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South boat ramp will be replaced at Pawnee Lake

LINCOLN, Neb. – Pawnee Lake in Lancaster County will be drawn down immediately so the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission can replace a boat ramp. The United States Army Corps of Engineers will draw down the water level 2 feet so construction on a replacement boat ramp on the south side of Pawnee State Recreation Area (SRA) can begin the first week of April. In addition, the south boat launch’s dock will be replaced and a breakwater to protect launching …

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Reserve spot in youth fishing clinic at Lewis and Clark SRA

LINCOLN, Neb. – Reserve a spot for your child in the Fishing is Fun Clinic on April 21 at Lewis and Clark State Recreation Area in northeast Nebraska. The 4:15 p.m. workshop at the Weigand boat ramp is for ages 5 to 15. Volunteer instructors will teach young anglers casting, knot tying, bait, tackle, water safety, and fish identification and anatomy. Anglers may practice their skills by fishing following the clinic. Register before April 18 to guarantee a spot in …

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