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Join the Great Park Pursuit for a Nebraska outdoor adventure

Visit Nebraska parks, engage in healthy recreation — and possibly win prizes — by joining the 2022 Great Park Pursuit, an exploration of 20 official parks sites across the state.

The free program encourages participants to visit the designated community, regional, state and federal parks between now and Oct. 31, 2022. Participants must register at negpp.org.

Teams of up to 10 people register to participate online, then follow clues from the website or Great Park Pursuit mobile app to find a program post within the park area. Once found, the team marks its visit in the app or makes a pencil impression of the post to prove its visit.

Teams can win prizes such as a GoPro camera, cabin stays, backyard game packages, Nebraska state park permits, Nebraskaland Magazine subscriptions and more. The grand prize is an outdoor recreation package valued at $1,500. Prizes and entry into drawings are based on the number of post impressions or park visits recorded.

This year’s participating parks are:

Bowling Lake Park, Lincoln; Chalco Hills Recreation Area, Omaha; Chimney Rock, Bayard; Conestoga State Recreation Area, Denton; Ehmen Park, Gothenburg; Fontenelle Park, Omaha; Fort Robinson State Park, Crawford; Hemingford Community Park, Hemingford; Long Pine State Recreation Area, Long Pine; Memphis State Recreation Area, Memphis; Merritt Reservoir State Recreation Area, Valentine; Niobrara State Park, Niobrara; Portal Recreation Area, Papillion; Rock Creek Lake State Recreation Area, Enders; Sherman Reservoir State Recreation Area, Loup City; Summit Lake State Recreation Area, Tekamah; Sutherland Reservoir State Recreation Area, North Platte; Taylor Park, Taylor; Ward Bond Memorial Park, Benkelman; Wildcat Hills State Recreation Area, Gering.

The Great Park Pursuit mobile app is available on Google Play for Android or at the Apple iStore.

The Great Park Pursuit, sponsored by the Nebraska Chiropractic Physicians Association and the Papio-Missouri River Natural Resources District, is a partnership between the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission and the Nebraska Recreation and Park Association. It is designed to promote active lifestyles while increasing awareness of the state’s nature-rich outdoor recreation opportunities. The program, now in its 15th year, sees more than 700 teams participate each year, with more than 100,000 park visits annually.

About Jerry Kane

Jerry Kane is the news manager with the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. He can be contacted at jerry.kane@nebraska.gov or 402-471-5008.

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