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Enjoy a unique Valentine’s Day experience at a Nebraska state park

LINCOLN, Neb. – This Valentine’s Day, plan something truly memorable and enjoy a getaway at a Nebraska state park. Several parks will offer romantic meals, lodging specials, gift packages and much more. Eugene T. Mahoney State Park (SP) offers a 30 percent discount on lodging Feb. 10-14. Make a reservation and add a Valentine gift package that includes a single stem rose, glassware, sparkling juice, Nebraskaland items, chocolates and more. On Feb. 14 only, sign up for the couples’ painting …

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Plan a Nebraska state park getaway on Jan. 29, National Plan for Vacation Day

LINCOLN, Neb. – National Plan for Vacation Day, celebrated on the last Tuesday of January, is a great opportunity to plan a getaway at a Nebraska state park. Hosted by the U.S. Travel Association, National Plan for Vacation Day encourages Americans to look ahead and make vacation plans at the start of the year. Whether you’re looking for some old-fashioned adventure or simply a beautiful place you can enjoy with family, Nebraska’s state park areas offer something for you. Spread …

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Memphis Lake wetland restoration project to begin Jan. 29

LINCOLN, Neb. – Construction is set to begin Jan. 29 on the Memphis Lake Wildlife Management Area (WMA) wetland restoration project. Memphis Lake State Recreation Area (SRA) and WMA is located just northwest of Memphis in Saunders County. The contract was awarded to Pruss Excavation Co. of Dodge, Nebraska. Heavy equipment will be operating on site, so the public is urged to avoid the area around and north of County Road D, which separates the SRA from the WMA. The …

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First-time participants may register for Becoming an Outdoors-Woman workshop

LINCOLN, Neb. – The annual Becoming an Outdoors-Woman workshop, sponsored by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, gives women the opportunity to learn outdoor skills in a comfortable environment. This year’s workshop is Oct. 4-6 at Ponca State Park. Registration is open for first-time participants in this weekend getaway for women 18 years and older. Former participants may sign up starting April 1. Participants choose from a variety of activities, including hiking, kayaking, firearm safety, fishing, fly-fishing, bowfishing, camping, rifle …

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My 40th Year at Game and Parks

Forty years is very long time for anything, isn’t it? Forty years is an exceptionally long time for working at the same organization. Think about — four decades. WOW! This year, 2019, marks the beginning of my 40th year at the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. My career spans a few different divisions within the agency – Fisheries, Parks and Information and Education (now Communications). I am currently the public information officer and manager for the Nebraska Game and Parks …

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‘Wildlife and Watercolors’ program set at Wildcat Hills

GERING, Neb. – The public is invited to express appreciation for wildlife by watercolor painting during an upcoming program at the Wildcat Hills Nature Center. “Wildlife and Watercolors,” the next installment of the center’s Wildcat Weekend series of events, will be Saturday, Feb. 9, at 10 a.m. Amanda Filipi, outdoor education specialist for the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, said the event is designed for all ages and is especially ideal for anyone looking to start a new hobby. She …

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Fort Kearny ice-fishing event canceled

LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission has canceled the Family Ice-Fishing Clinic scheduled for Jan. 20 at Fort Kearny State Recreation Area Lake No. 6 near Kearney because of a lack of safe ice. It will not be rescheduled. On Jan. 19, however, the Nebraska Fish and Game Association will host a classroom clinic at Yanney Heritage Park’s Environmental Resource Center in Kearney from 1- 5 p.m. This clinic will feature presentations by some of Nebraska’s top …

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Fishing ponds being drained at Fort Robinson State Park

CRAWFORD, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission has begun draining Grabel Ponds and Cherry Creek Pond at Fort Robinson State Park. The draining is making way for the first phase of an Aquatic Habitat Program project to improve conditions for fish and anglers at the two ponds, along with the Cherry Creek diversion pond and the lower Ice House Pond. Some areas will be closed to the public as construction begins later this spring. The project will deepen …

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Commission to consider fees for Schramm Education Center

LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will consider proposed user fees for the new Schramm Education Center when it meets Jan. 18 in Lincoln. Schramm Education Center, built on the site of the former Aksarben Aquarium within Schramm Park State Recreation Area in Sarpy County, will be an interactive, state-of-the-art nature center featuring the state’s river, pond and lake systems. It will open in the spring of 2019. The education center is part of the Venture Parks …

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Give Back To The Outdoor Community In 2019

The arrival of 2019 is just days away. In fact, it might have rolled in already, depending on when you are reading this blog post. The new year gives us a segue to reset, recharge and re-focus our energies. In all sincerity, the new year allows us to curb our bad habits, improve ourselves and change our outlook on life to a positive one. As outdoors-persons, the new year affords us an opportunity to give back to the outdoor community …

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