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Catch these Game and Parks education events in October

Nebraska Game and Parks Commission educators have scheduled interesting and engaging events for the curious in October. Here are some opportunities:

Little Saplings early childhood program presents Nature Sounds

Adults looking to explore the outdoors with their young children are invited to Little Saplings, a monthly early childhood nature discovery program at Schramm Education Center near Gretna.

The series, which continues Oct. 5 with the theme Nature Sounds, is at 9 a.m. the first Wednesday of each month, through December. It is designed for children ages 2-5 and their adult caregiver.

See the calendar event entry at calendar.outdoornebraska.gov for more information.

Homeschool Hike set for Oct. 19 at Schramm Park SRA

Homeschool families are invited to join an outdoor educator on a guided hike at Schramm Park State Recreation Area near Gretna during the Homeschool Hikes program Oct. 19.

This nature exploration program geared for homeschool families takes place at 9 a.m. on the third Wednesday of each month, through December. While an educator leads the hike, participants ask questions, draw, observe and make discoveries in nature.

Visit the event listing at calendar.outdoornebraska.gov for more information and to register.

Five Nebraska Nature Nerd Trivia Nights scheduled for Oct. 19

Grab your fellow nature nerds and join the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission as it hosts five Nebraska Nature Nerd Trivia Nights across the state Oct. 19.

Get your teams of no more than five players and be ready to compete for prizes. These events are for adults only and are free to attend with a purchase from the host brewery.

The trivia nights, which begin at 7 p.m. local time, are at:

  • Scottsbluff – Flyover Brewing Company, 1824 Broadway
  • Lincoln – The Happy Raven, 122 N. 11th
  • Omaha – Zipline Beer Lounge, 3808 S. 203rd Plaza
  • Wayne – Johnnie Byrd Brewing Company, 121 N. Pearl St.
  • North Platte – Pals Brewing Company, 4520 S. Buffalo Bill Ave.

For more information and or questions, email monica.macoubrie@nebraska.gov.

Nature Nerd Night to feature Nebraska Turtles on Oct. 18

In the Nebraska Nature Nerd Night virtual webinar Turtles of Nebraska, outdoor educators will discuss the nine species of turtles found in the state. The free event starts at 7 p.m. Central time Oct. 18.

Registration is required through the event listing at calendar.outdoornebraska.gov. Participants also may submit questions to be answered during the webinar while registering.

For more information, contact monica.macoubrie@nebraska.gov or follow the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission or Nebraska Wildlife Education on Facebook.

‘The Science of …’ virtual webinar series returns Oct. 6

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission’s virtual webinar series “The Science of …” returns in October. Every Thursday at 3 p.m. Central time, Game and Parks educators will discuss the science behind common things regarding nature and animals.

The webinar schedule of topics: Oct. 6 – Lizards; Oct. 13 – Nocturnal Animals; Oct. 20 – Waterbirds; Oct. 27 – Seeds and Leaves.

The webinars are free, but separate registration is required for each webinar. See the calendar event entries at calendar.outdoornebraska.gov for registration links.

Contact monica.macoubrie@nebraska.gov for more information.

Wildcat Hills to host Beautiful Bats homeschool program

Discover the secrets of bats during the Wildcat Hills Homeschool Program Beautiful Bats on Oct. 13 at Wildcat Hills State Recreation Area. Learn all about their adaptations, diversity and common misconceptions.

This program meets once a month at 10 a.m. Mountain time at the Wildcat Hills Nature Center.

The program is free, but a vehicle park entry permit is required. For more information contact the Nature Center at 308-436-3777. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Sensory Safari is Oct. 5 at Lincoln Children’s Zoo

In Sensory Safari on Oct. 5, visually and sensory impaired guests will have the opportunity to touch, feel, hear and smell at interpretative stations throughout the Lincoln Children’s Zoo.

From 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m., nature experts from organizations across Nebraska will engage visitors at each station. Sensory Safari is a partnership with the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, Lincoln Children’s Zoo, Mary F. Tous Charitable Foundation and Nebraska Center for the Education of Children who are Blind or Visually Impaired.

Registration is required. Visit the event listing at calendar.outdoornebraska.gov for more information and to register.

Wildcat Tales preschool program is Oct. 18

Wildcat Hills State Recreation Area will host the monthly Wildcat Tales preschool program Oct. 18.

Each program will include a lesson plan, story and hands-on activity specifically targeted for children ages 2-6 years. The program Goin’ Batty will meet at the Nature Center at 10 a.m. Mountain time. Each month will have a different program topic.

The program is free, but a vehicle park entry permit is required. For more information contact the Nature Center at 308-436-3777. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Family Nature Nights scheduled Oct. 4, 18

Bring the family and enjoy some unstructured outdoor exploration Oct. 4 and 18 at the Outdoor Classroom, located at the northeast district office of the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission in Norfolk.

This free program is for all ages. It will be from 6-8 p.m. both nights at the Outdoor Classroom, 2201 N. 13th St. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Visit the event listings at calendar.outdoornebraska.gov for more information and to register.

What Community Science Taught Me webinar is Oct. 19

Tune in to the free virtual webinar “What Community Science Taught Me,” at 12:30 p.m. Central time Oct. 19.

This hourlong panel discussion, hosted by Nebraska Game and Parks Commission Community Science Specialist Alie Mayes, is part of the Conservation Education Lunch and Learn Series.

Visit the event listing at calendar.outdoornebraska.gov for more information and to register.

Holmes Lake to host Big Sit birding event

Join other birders at Lincoln’s Holmes Lake on Oct. 9 for the Big Sit, a friendly challenge to see how many birds can be counted from one location.

Spring Creek Prairie Audubon, the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission and Nebraska’s Birdability Captain are hosts for this free, fun and accessible birding opportunity from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. near the south boat ramp.

Visit the event listing at calendar.outdoornebraska.gov for more information.

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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