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Flooding Prompts Closure of Some Bridgeport SRA Campsites

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

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

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

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

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

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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Road Work Scheduled on Exit to Mahoney and Platte River State Parks

LINCOLN – Visitors who use Interstate 80 to enjoy Eugene T. Mahoney and Platte River state parks (SP) will encounter road construction at exit 426 this summer. The project will include both directions of Nebraska Highway 66 between 274th St., west of Mahoney SP, and E. Rock Creek Road, west of South Bend. This will include a lane closure on the interstate overpass with an 11-foot width restriction. Drivers should consider alternate routes to Mahoney SP to avoid the restricted …

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Living History Weekend at Fort Atkinson SHP June 4-5

LINCOLN – Reenactors will commemorate Memorial Day during Fort Atkinson State Historical Park’s Living History Weekend on June 4-5. Starting at 10 a.m. both days, reenactors will present military demonstrations and a funeral march for fallen troops in honor of Memorial Day. Throughout the weekend, reenactors also will demonstrate period trades such as blacksmithing, carpentry, tinsmithing and coopering, as well as crafts such as spinning and weaving. Fort Atkinson, the first military post west of the Missouri River, is seven …

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Rock Creek Trail Days Set for June 4-5

LINCOLN – Enjoy living history demonstrations at the annual Rock Creek Trail Days on June 4-5 at Rock Creek Station State Historical Park. Starting at 9 a.m. both days, living history reenactors will demonstrate blacksmithing, basket weaving, flint knapping and horse shoeing. Black powder gun demonstrations, Pony Express runs and skirmish reenactments also will be held periodically. Participants are also invited to a buffalo stew cookout at 7 p.m. on June 4, with entertainment by Dave Marsh, presenting the “Music …

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Becoming an Outdoors-Family Campout Set for June 25-26

LINCOLN – Families who are new to camping are invited to participate in the Becoming an Outdoors-Family Campout on June 25-26 at Two Rivers State Recreation Area (SRA). Participants may take part in recreational activities such as lake fishing, kayaking, archery and shooting sports, guided by expert instructors. Other workshops will cover geocaching, aquatic ecology and outdoor cooking. “A goal of this program is to give families an opportunity to reconnect with each other and the outdoors in a comfortable, …

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