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Rimfire Steel Plate Fun Shoot Scheduled Aug. 13 at Platte River SP

LINCOLN – Enjoy a fun and safe day of easy competitive shooting for the entire family at the Rimfire Steel Plate Fun Shoot at Platte River State Park (SP) on Aug. 13. In this timed event, participants will shoot five strings of fire at five or six steel plates at distances of 20 feet to 30 yards. Shooters must be ages 10 and older. National Rifle Association range safety officers will provide instruction and all equipment will be provided (.22 …

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Family Activities Planned for Aug. 3-7 at Ponca SP

LINCOLN – Families and outdoor enthusiasts of all ages can enjoy a series of educational workshops at Ponca State Park Aug. 3-7. During nature-related workshops, participants can make crafts and learn about topics such as wildlife identification, catfish and birds. Participants can also try activities such as kayaking and archery or learn about various types of firearms. Hayrack tours will be offered on Aug. 6. A park permit is required of each vehicle entering the park. Fees apply to some …

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Enjoy Events in August at Niobrara State Park

LINCOLN – Niobrara State Park will host a variety of fun and educational events for outdoor enthusiasts of all ages during August. Scheduled events are: • Aug. 6, Waterfowl Hunting/Cold-Water Hypothermia Safety Class: Bring your chest waders and hunting gear and practice water safety in the controlled environment of the park’s swimming pool. • Aug. 12, National Park Service Presents “Discover the Real Missouri:” Learn more about the Missouri National Recreational River. • Aug. 12-14, Ponca Tribe of Nebraska Powwow: …

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Cheyenne Trotters Coming to Fort Robinson State Park

CRAWFORD, Neb. — The Cheyenne Trotters, a group of skilled horse enthusiasts who specialize in cavalry demonstrations, parades and drill team performances, will entertain audiences during a series of appearances at Fort Robinson State Park in August. Drill performances are set for Thursday, Aug. 11, prior to the fort’s weekly rodeo at 7 p.m., and Saturday, Aug. 13, at 7 p.m., also at the rodeo arena. Cavalry performances will be Friday-Sunday, Aug. 12-14, on the park’s parade grounds at 10 …

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Safety First with Campfires, and then Marshmallows, Hot Dogs

A camping trip is not complete without spending some time around a campfire in the evening. Swapping stories and roasting marshmallows to make s’mores is all part of it! There is no question that a campfire provides the backdrop for lots of outdoor fun and camaraderie. But, if folks are careless, those campfires can ignite a damaging wildfire or severely injury a person. So, what do you need to know about campfires? First, we have some ground to cover (no …

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Educational Workshops Planned for July 26-31 at Ponca SP

LINCOLN – A variety of fun workshops based around nature and outdoor activities is scheduled for July 26-31 at Ponca State Park (SP). Outdoor recreation enthusiasts can enjoy introductory sessions on archery, kayaking, wilderness survival skills and various types of firearms. Wildlife and nature sessions will highlight species such as owls, butterflies and nighttime creatures. Visitors will also have the opportunity to learn about different habitats at Ponca SP and to compete in outdoor games. A park permit is required …

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Dutch Oven Cooking Workshop Aug. 11 at Louisville SRA

LINCOLN – Learn how to prepare a tasty outdoor meal in a Dutch oven at a workshop Aug. 11 at Louisville State Recreation Area. Instructors will teach participants of all ages how to season, maintain temperature, cook with, clean and store a Dutch oven, as well as basic tools needed. All equipment and supplies will be provided. This Becoming an Outdoors-Family event begins at 6 p.m. at the Meisinger Picnic Shelter on Lake No. 2. The workshop fee is $5. …

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Program at Chadron State Park Highlights Creatures of the Night

CHADRON, Neb. — Bats, owls and other nocturnal species will be in the spotlight this week as the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission presents its Creatures of the Night program at Chadron State Park. The program, which is open to the public free of charge, will be Saturday, July 30, at 8:30 p.m. beginning at the lagoon shelter. Amanda Filipi, an educator for the Commission, will lead the hike through the dark, in which participants may bring a flashlight or …

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Enjoy Living History Weekend at Fort Atkinson SHP Aug. 6-7

LINCOLN – Volunteers will portray life at an 1820s military post Aug. 6-7 during Fort Atkinson State Historical Park’s Living History Weekend. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, reenactors will gather to portray the fort’s military history and to demonstrate various period trades and crafts, such as blacksmithing and weaving. Living history interpreters will read the Monroe Doctrine aloud each day. Visitors may also visit a Lewis and Clark encampment near the visitor center. Fort Atkinson, the first …

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Enjoy Movie Under Stars July 22 at Fort Hartsuff SHP

LINCOLN – Enjoy a movie under the stars at Fort Hartsuff State Historical Park on July 22 with the screening of “The Trial of Standing Bear.” The movie, which begins at 9:30 p.m., tells the story of Ponca chief Standing Bear’s 1879 trial, in which he successfully argued that a Native American was a “person” under the law. A large portion of this 1988 television movie was filmed on location at Fort Hartsuff. The movie will be screened outdoors, between …

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