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Connect students to aquatic resources with Aquatic WILD educator workshop

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LINCOLN, Neb. – Learn how to connect students to Nebraska’s aquatic resources using educational, science-based activities by participating in the Aquatic WILD educator workshop April 20 at Schramm Education Center. This free, in-person workshop is intended for formal and informal educators of grades K-12. It will be held at the center, located at 21502 Neb. Hwy. 31, Gretna, from 6-8 p.m. Central time. Aquatic WILD is a high-quality, easy-to-use guide for educators working with grades K-12. The curriculum and activity …

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Birds and Books educator workshop connecting science and literature

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LINCOLN, Neb. – Nebraska is home to more than 450 species of birds. They are easy to see and fun to watch, creating a fantastic opportunity to learn about science. A virtual Birds and Books educator workshop on April 20 will use literature books to teach science concepts to preschool aged children. Participants will receive bird-related and science-focused lesson ideas, and bird-related literature books. This free Nebraska Game and Parks Commission workshop, which begins at 6 p.m. Central time, is …

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Game and Parks will certify youth fishing instructors

LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will certify youth fishing instructors at workshops in Lincoln and Kearney in the coming months. Instructors are part of the Youth Fishing Program, a statewide team of volunteers and Game and Parks staff who host educational fishing events. Trainings will take place in Lincoln at the Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center, 4703 N. 44th St., on April 18 and May 16. Another will be May 2 in Kearney at …

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Hunt turkeys safely this spring

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LINCOLN, Neb. – Spring turkey hunters are eager to get back in the woods each year. They should not be so eager they overlook safety, though. “Hunting continues to be one of the safest recreational activities there is, but there are a few things to remember as you match wits with a smart tom turkey,” said Jackson Ellis, Nebraska Hunter Education coordinator. Ellis has the following safety reminders for turkey hunters: • Always keep the shotgun’s muzzle pointed in a …

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Youth Lifetime Half-Price Permit drawing will award 150 permits

LINCOLN, Neb. – A drawing this spring will provide 150 young Nebraskans a chance to purchase a youth lifetime permit at half price. In an effort to encourage young Nebraskans to participate in hunting and fishing, the Nebraska Game and Parks Foundation established its Youth Lifetime Half-Price Permit Program in 2006. This program gives residents age 15 and younger the opportunity to purchase a lifetime hunt, fish and other permits and stamps for half price. Only residents 15 and under …

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Good angler stewardship means picking up shoreline litter, recycling line

By Larry Pape Nebraska Game and Parks Commission LINCOLN, Neb. – As anglers, we mean to be good stewards of our environment. Sometimes, though, we leave something behind. It could be a bait container lid that blew off or a small wad of fishing line in a snag. It all adds up, is a direct reflection on anglers, and is an environmental hazard. The problem with shoreline litter is twofold. Litter is just plain ugly and embarrassing. The view of …

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Enroll acres in Nebraska Platte-Republican Resources Area CREP

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LINCOLN, Neb. – Producers can play a key role in conservation by enrolling acres in the Nebraska Platte-Republican Resources Area Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program. The Nebraska Department of Natural Resources and Nebraska USDA Farm Service Agency have partnered with the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, Natural Resources Districts, and Irrigation entities in the program. Up to 100,000 acres can be enrolled in portions of Banner, Buffalo, Chase, Cheyenne, Dawson, Deuel, Dundy, Franklin, Frontier, Furnas, Garden, Gosper, Harlan, Hayes, Hitchcock, Kearney, …

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Game and Parks seeks public input on improvements to Cedar Valley WMA

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LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will host two meetings this month to seek input on improvements to the Cedar Valley Wildlife Management Area in southeastern Lincoln County that will make it easier for hunters to sight-in rifles and shoot targets. The first meeting will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m. April 12 at the Wellfleet Community Building, 503 Nile Ave., in Wellfleet, Nebraska. The second meeting will be online at 6 p.m. April 13. Registration for …

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Bike rentals, refreshed beaches among improvements at southwest state recreation areas

People ride bikes along the Red Willow SRA hike-bike trail.

NORTH PLATTE, Neb. — Guests visiting four southwest Nebraska state park areas this year will experience more opportunities for recreation, including with a new hike and bike trail and the chance to borrow bikes at Red Willow Reservoir State Recreation Area. The four parks — Red Willow, Swanson Reservoir, Enders Reservoir and Rock Creek Lake state recreation areas — all saw a variety of facility improvements. At Red Willow, Nebraska Game and Parks Commission and local organizations are working to …

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Survey seeks input this spring, summer on state park areas

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LINCOLN, Neb. – Nebraska state park visitors will get a chance to share their experiences this spring and summer. Crews will be in parks conducting surveys every weekend from April 3 through Aug. 8. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is looking for feedback about visitors’ park experiences at 22 state parks, recreation areas and historical parks. It is contracting with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Bureau of Sociological Research to conduct the surveys. Feedback from the survey will help inform …

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