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Wildcat Hills Staff Moves into Renovated Facility

The newly renovated and expanded Wildcat Hills Nature Center. (NEBRASKAland/Justin Haag)

GERING – The New Year brings a move to new offices for staff of the Wildcat Hills Nature Center at Wildcat Hills State Recreation Area.

Staff members began operating from their newly renovated offices after returning from the New Year’s holiday, bringing business operations such as selling hunting, fishing and park entry permits back to that location. Gary Shoemaker, park superintendent, said the building’s exhibits and the other public spaces of the facility won’t be ready for a few months, however.

“Even though we still have a little ways to go before this transition is complete we are excited to start serving the public from this great new facility,” he said. “With this facility and our new shooting complex, our park is entering an exciting new era.”

The park has remained open throughout the construction process but the Nature Center has been closed since September 2015. The $2.375 million expansion more than doubled the size of the structure and will bring additional exhibit and multipurpose space when completely finished.


About Justin Haag

Justin Haag has served the Commission as a public information officer in the Panhandle since 2013. His duties include serving as regional editor for NEBRASKAland Magazine. Haag was raised in southwestern Nebraska, where he developed a love for fishing, hunting and other outdoor pursuits. After earning a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Chadron State College in 1996, he worked four years as an editor and reporter at newspapers in Chadron and McCook. Prior to joining the Commission in 2013, he worked 12 years as a communicator at Chadron State, serving as the institution’s media and public relations coordinator the last five. He and his wife, Cricket, live in Chadron, and have two children.

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