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Attend Carp-O-Rama June 17 at Branched Oak SRA

LINCOLN, Neb. – Anglers of all ages interested in learning all aspects of carp fishing are invited to attend Carp-O-Rama on June 17 at Branched Oak State Recreation Area (SRA). This free event will run from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Lieber’s Point. Carp caught by anglers will be used in demonstrations on cleaning, preparing and cooking the fish. The cooked fish then will be served as a free lunch. Other activities include fish printing and Dutch oven cooking …

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Enjoy outdoor events at Fremont Lakes SRA

LINCOLN, Neb. – Enjoy nature’s wonders at Fremont Lakes State Recreation Area (SRA) throughout June. Events include: – June 7: Meet the Birds of Fremont Lakes, 7:30 a.m. Hike out with the naturalist for a guided bird tour. – June 9: Full Moon on the Rise, 9 p.m. Learn about moon phases and watch the full moon rise over the lake. – June 17: Photography Hike, 7 p.m. Share photography tips and hike to capture the perfect shot. – June …

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Celebrate National Marina Day at Lewis and Clark SRA June 10

LINCOLN, Neb. – Enjoy a day on the water at one of Nebraska’s best boating destinations, Lewis and Clark State Recreation Area (SRA), for a celebration of National Marina Day on June 10. Activities include kayaking, fishing clinic, boat tours, sandcastle-building contest, archery, fish-cleaning demonstration, educational sessions and a program on wetland habitats. Help keep the shorelines beautiful for everyone and assist with shore cleanup from 12:30-2 p.m. Visitors can also attend, for a small fee, a fish fry from …

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Explore 150 years of Nebraska storytelling Aug. 6-8 at Ponca SP

LINCOLN, Neb. – Registration opens June 5 for the sesquicentennial event “150 years of Nebraska Storytelling: a Conference Celebrating Nebraska History through Literature,” which will be held at Ponca State Park on Aug. 6-8. This event invites participants to explore Nebraska history and the art of storytelling through a series of educational experiences, including author presentations, writer’s workshops, American Indian perspectives and more. It will include more than 15 authors from a variety of genres with a deep connection to …

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Salamander Saturday is June 3 at Mahoney SP

LINCOLN, Neb. – Celebrate amphibians at Salamander Saturday on June 3 at Eugene T. Mahoney State Park. From 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Riverview Lodge, visitors will be able to see salamanders and create their own salamander armbands. From 1-1:45 p.m., University of Nebraska-Lincoln herpetologist Dennis Ferraro will give a presentation on the disappearance of the western tiger salamander from eastern Nebraska. A park entry permit is required.

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Niobrara SP to be without power June 4

LINCOLN, Neb. – Electricity to Niobrara State Park will be shut off from 1-5 p.m. on June 4 so the Nebraska Public Power District can work on a substation near Lynch. The park’s pool will be closed all day and the cabins and RV campground will be without power. Power will be off from Lynch east to the Niobrara River. The park’s pool should be open by June 10.

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Enjoy events at Lake McConaughy SRA, Lake Ogallala SRA and Ash Hollow SHP in June

LINCOLN, Neb. – Enjoy hiking, painting outdoors, and learning about wildflowers throughout June at Lake McConaughy State Recreation Area (SRA), Lake Ogallala SRA, and Ash Hollow State Historical Park (SHP). The June events are as follows: – June 3: Ash Hollow Trail Walk, Ash Hollow SHP, 10 a.m. Celebrate National Trails Day with a guided 3-mile hike along the historic Oregon Trail. – June 3: National Trails Day Hike, Lake Ogallala SRA, 3 p.m. Binoculars for bird viewing will be …

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Hit the Trails

Hiking is a supportive activity for your heart and body as well as a much needed chance to recharge your mind. Recreationally walking through nature plays into all of your senses. You will become enchanted by the sound of a bird symphony while simultaneously watching the ocean of leaves dancing on the trees by the same breeze that you feel blowing through your hair.  Hiking is a way to tap into the explorative side of ourselves we treasured as a …

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National Trails Day in state parks is June 3

LINCOLN, Neb. – Get outdoors and celebrate National Trails Day on June 3 in Nebraska’s state parks. Activities will be held in three state park areas to commemorate the day. Ash Hollow State Historical Park (SHP) – Meet at the picnic area at 10 a.m. for a 3-mile guided hike through the park along the historic Oregon Trail. Refreshments will be served following the hike. The park is located 3 miles southeast of Lewellen in Garden County. Indian Cave State …

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Ponca State Park aquatic center grand opening June 3

LINCOLN, Neb. – The public is invited to the grand opening of the new aquatic center at Ponca State Park on June 3. A welcome will kick off the event at 11 a.m., with guest speakers and a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The aquatic center will open at noon, with food and concessions available. Family activities will start at 1 p.m. The aquatic center, which replaces a swimming pool that was built in 1956, can accommodate 250 people and showcases a combination …

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