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Buffalo Bill Ranch SHP to host Vintage Baseball Game

NORTH PLATTE, Neb. — The public is invited to the annual vintage baseball games this Saturday, Aug. 18 at Buffalo Bill Ranch State Historical Park. The 1864-based games will include equipment, rules and uniformed players from the era and are sure to please all visitors; come and take a step back in time for a while. The first game starts at 10 a.m. At noon several picnic baskets will be available at a live auction with Buffalo Bill Cody as …

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Summer fun planned for Labor Day weekend at Lewis and Clark SRA

LINCOLN, Neb. – Enjoy a Labor Day weekend filled with fun outdoor activities at Lewis and Clark State Recreation Area (SRA) Sept. 1-2. Get out on the water and see the park in a different light with kayaking and a lighted hayrack ride on Sept. 1. Sept. 2’s activities include an introductory archery course, Labor Day-themed arts and crafts, a fun educational program about pollinators, and a family movie in the evening. A park permit is required of each vehicle …

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Enjoy history reenactment Aug. 25-26 at Fort Hartsuff SHP

LINCOLN, Neb. – Enjoy a weekend of history reenactment Aug. 25-26 at central Nebraska’s Fort Hartsuff State Historical Park. The weekend, themed Braves and Bluecoats: Indians and the Army on the Great Plains, will include reenactors portraying roles of the fort in the 1870s. There will be skirmishes, military drills, artillery demonstrations and cannon firing. Activities begin at 9 a.m. each day. The park is located 6 miles southeast of Burwell in Valley County. A vehicle park entry permit is …

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Hike with Hounds set at Lake Minatare

MINATARE, Neb. — The public is invited to celebrate National Dog Day by bringing their four-legged friends for a community hike at Lake Minatare State Recreation Area. Hike with Hounds will be Saturday, Aug. 25, at 9 a.m. beginning at the lighthouse. Along with a stroll along the lake, the event will cover a variety of tips and topics for people to safely hike with their four-legged friends in various parks and wildlands. All socialized dogs are welcome as long …

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Shooting competition to help veterans

GERING, Neb. — The Wildcat Hills Shooting Sports Complex at Wildcat Hills State Recreation Area will be the site of a benefit shooting competition for a veterans service organization Saturday, Aug. 25. Registration for the Western Nebraska Veterans Shoot-out will begin at 8 a.m. with shooting at 9:30 a.m. The double-elimination event is open to the first 60 people and entrants may compete in up to two of the event’s four divisions – two for pistols and two for rifles.  …

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Rockford Lake remains on health alert

LINCOLN, Neb. – Rockford Lake in Gage County remains on health alert. During water testing earlier this week, the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality detected elevated toxin levels produced by blue-green algal blooms in the lake. Visitors to Rockford Lake State Recreation Area (SRA) should avoid full body contact activities such as swimming, wading, skiing, jet skiing, etc. Non-contact activities such as boating, fishing and camping are OK. Dog owners are urged to keep pets out of the water and …

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Summer workshops at Platte River State Park to teach the basics of shooting

LINCOLN, Neb. – Bring the whole family to the range this summer at Platte River State Park (SP) and learn to shoot. A pair of introductory workshops, held Aug. 8 and 15, will focus on archery and shotgun shooting, respectively. New and novice shooters will enjoy learning how to shoot safely and accurately from experienced instructors in a family friendly facility. Workshops will be held at the Roger G. Sykes Outdoor Heritage Education Complex from 6-8 p.m. at $15 per …

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Willow Creek, Rockford lakes remain on health alert

LINCOLN, Neb. – Willow Creek Reservoir in Pierce County and Rockford Lake in Gage County remain on health alert. During water testing earlier this week, the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality detected elevated toxin levels produced by blue-green algal blooms in both lakes. Visitors to Willow Creek and Rockford Lake state recreation areas (SRA) should avoid full body contact activities such as swimming, wading, skiing, jet skiing, etc. Non-contact activities such as boating, fishing and camping are OK. Dog owners …

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Wildcat Hills Nature Center ‘Going Batty’

GERING, Neb. – Attendees of a program at Wildcat Hills State Recreation Area will learn about one of nature’s misunderstood creatures of the night – the bats. The program, “Going Batty,” will be Saturday, Aug. 4, at 8 p.m. at the Wildcat Hills Nature Center. Amanda Filipi, the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission outdoor education specialist who is leading the program, said there are at least 13 species of bats in Nebraska that eat countless insects. The program will discuss …

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Floating playground to open Aug. 1 at Louisville State Recreation Area

LINCOLN, Neb. – A new floating playground will open Aug. 1 at Louisville State Recreation Area (SRA). One of the only floating playgrounds in the region, this new addition to Lake No. 2 offers a climbing wall, monkey bars and other obstacles sure to challenge and entertain guests of all skill levels. “This is truly a unique feature,” said Jim Swenson, parks administrator for the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. “Guests will be challenged, get wet and make memories, while …

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