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Great Plains Connections with Julie Geiser – Kearney Outdoor Discovery Family Day

There is nothing like a big smile on a kid's face!

What a great weekend it was – the weather held out so the public could come enjoy all the different outdoor learning events at the Kearney Outdoor Discovery Family Day. The well attended event was held at the Fort Kearney State Recreation Area.

I haven’t seen this many people excited and enjoying an event like this for well… I can’t even remember how long it’s been! This event made me remember why I love my job with NGPC so much – getting others involved in the outdoors and to respect and enjoy the outdoors as much as I do.

The event hosted several booths from bow fishing, Dutch oven cooking, furs and skulls to photography, kayaking and hands-on experiments for the kids. The families and people that were in attendance seemed to be enjoying every booth.

These girls were loving the tasty smores they made – just look at their faces, I bet you would have liked one of those ooey gooey treats too.

Yummy, ooey, gooey smores!

This event is one that incorporates fun and learning – so much fun that you don’t even realize that you are learning. Not only can the kids learn something from this event, parents and grandparents can brush up on some of their outdoor learning as well.

Learning in a fun environment was the key to success for this event. The booths kept everything simple so every age group could learn or try something new.

Shooting a bow or fishing or kayaking for the first time are just a few of the things everyone, no matter the age or skill level, could try at the Outdoor Discovery Family Day.

Now that is concentration!

I love to see the excited looks on the faces of kids and adults alike after they have tried something new and really loved the experience. Trying out new things is what outdoor discovery days are all about.

Even the grown ups get excited when they hit a blue rock.

Nebraska has such a vast number of fun and exciting things to do for outdoor enthusiasts of all ages and experience levels. Hopefully this event got several families and people to take the fun and knowledge that they gained and put it to use on their own. Developing an outdoor lifestyle is one of the things the NGPC employees are passionate about; they love to pass their knowledge on to others so everyone that wants to participate has the knowledge and confidence to do so.

Julie Geiser out of North Platte, is a public information officer for the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission and Regional Editor for NEBRASKAland magazine. She can be reached at julie.geiser@nebraska.gov or 308-535-8025.

About julie geiser

Julie Geiser is a Public Information Officer and NEBRASKAland Regional Editor based out of North Platte, where she was born and still happily resides. Geiser worked for the commission previously for over 10 years as an outdoor education instructor – teaching people of all ages about Nebraska’s outdoor offerings. She also coordinates the Becoming an Outdoors Woman program for Nebraska Game and Parks Commission (NGPC). Geiser went on to work in marketing and writing an outdoor column for the North Platte Telegraph before returning to NGPC in her current position. She loves spending time outdoors with her family and getting others involved in her passions of hunting, fishing, camping, boating, hiking and enjoying Nebraska’s great outdoors.

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