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Conestoga Reservoir aquatic habitat project open house is Sept. 13

LINCOLN – Learn about the aquatic habitat project occurring at Conestoga Reservoir during an open house Sept. 13. The public is invited to attend the 6:30 p.m. event at the boat ramp parking lot on the north side. View the work that has been completed and hear updates by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission on additional construction activities scheduled through 2017. Approximately 10 percent of the nearly half-million cubic yards of accumulated sediment have been removed, and the bases …

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Heritage Days celebration set for Oct. 1-2 at Fort Atkinson SHP

LINCOLN – Enjoy a community-wide celebration of Nebraska history, agriculture, music and more during Heritage Days Oct. 1-2 at Fort Atkinson State Historical Park (SHP) and Fort Calhoun. History buffs can get their fill with hands-on learning demonstrations, programs on Native American culture and reenactments of 19th century Nebraska life. Visitors can also ride a tethered hot air balloon for a bird’s-eye view of the park. Neighboring Fort Calhoun will offer many activities that a county fair might: a parade, …

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Merritt Reservoir boat ramp project postponed

LINCOLN – The boat launch facility construction project scheduled to start this fall at Merritt Reservoir State Recreation Area has been postponed because of higher than expected reservoir water levels. Water levels at Merritt this summer did not drop low enough to reach the level needed for construction. Construction will be attempted again in the late summer or early fall of 2017. A new concrete boat ramp will be constructed at the main landing area. The facility will provide improved …

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Missouri River Outdoor Expo is Sept. 17-18 at Ponca SP

LINCOLN – With more than 85 hands-on activities showcasing outdoor education, sports and recreation, there is something for everyone at the Missouri River Outdoor Expo Sept. 17-18 at Ponca State Park. Those who attend the expo will be able to try a variety of outdoor activities, including archery, kayaking, fishing and more. The expo will also include live wildlife exhibits, exhibition shooting, a canine aquatics competition, a lumberjack show and much more. All activities are offered at no cost. A …

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Wildcat Hills Shooting Complex Opening This Weekend

GERING — The newly constructed shooting complex at Wildcat Hills State Recreation Area will open Labor Day weekend. The new facility along Nebraska Highway 71 south of Gering will be open Saturday, Sunday and Monday from 10 a.m.-6 p.m.  A grand opening will be scheduled at a later date with the dedication of the Wildcat Hills Nature Center, which is being renovated. “We’re looking forward to showing this new complex off to the public and begin serving the region in …

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Accessible Outdoors; A Letter to Tyler

About 56.7 million people — 19 percent of the population — have a disability, according to the the latest U.S. Census done in 2010. It revealed that nearly one in every five people in the United States, has a disability that significantly limits one or more major life activities such as walking, seeing, hearing, breathing, thinking, and so forth. Furthermore, the population of the United States is aging. By the year 2030, 110 million people will be older than 55. …

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Health Advisory Lifted at Branched Oak Lake

LINCOLN — A health advisory has been lifted at Branched Oak Lake in Lancaster County. The advisory was put in place after high levels of blue-green algae were detected at the lake. Health advisories related to blue-green algae remain in effect at Pawnee Lake in Lancaster County and at Willow Creek Lake in Pierce County. Visitors to Pawnee and Willow Creek lakes should avoid full body contact activities such as swimming, wading, skiing, jet skiing, etc. Non-contact activities such as …

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Fremont Lakes SRA to Host Snakes of Nebraska Program

LINCOLN – Join Dennis Ferraro, a University of Nebraska-Lincoln herpetologist, for his program “Meet the Snakes of Nebraska Up Close and in Person” at Fremont Lakes State Recreation Area on Sept. 11. Ferraro will display and discuss snakes that call Nebraska home from 2 to 4 p.m. at the park’s group lodge. Fremont Lakes SRA is located just west of Fremont in Dodge County. A park entry permit is required.

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Fort Atkinson to Celebrate Archaeology Month during Living History Sept. 3-4

LINCOLN – Visitors can tour Fort Atkinson State Historical Park guided by an archaeologist during Living History Weekend Sept. 3-4. Nebraska State Historical Society Archaeologist Nolan Johnson will lead the tours in celebration of Archaeology Month. Tours start at 12:30 p.m. each day at the Powder Magazine. In addition, visitors can view a reenacted World War II encampment and see demonstrations of various trades and crafts from the 1820s, giving them a feel for frontier life in Nebraska. Fort Atkinson, …

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Great Park Pursuit Winding Down for 2016

LINCOLN – Nebraskans enjoying the outdoors via the Great Park Pursuit (GPP) still have time to visit more parks and become eligible for prizes. The Great Park Pursuit encourages participants to visit up to 20 sites across Nebraska between May 1 and Sept. 16, 2016. Participants follow clues to a post, where they make an impression of it with a pencil to prove they were there. Prizes and entry into drawings are based on the number of impressions collected. The …

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