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Your Parks Adventure challenge launches June 1

LINCOLN, Neb. — The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is challenging outdoor enthusiasts in 2021 to explore the diverse state park system in honor of the parks’ centennial through the Your Parks Adventure challenge. Starting June 1, participants who visit any state parks or recreation areas, snap a photo at a designated station, and submit it and their story online are eligible to win prizes. Designated selfie stations will be at 100 sites among Game and Parks’ 76 state park, …

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Reptiles & Amphibians on Tap events set for Lincoln, Beatrice

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LINCOLN, Neb. — Learn about the 29 snake species and 14 amphibian species that call Nebraska home at Reptiles & Amphibians on Tap events in Lincoln and Beatrice. They are scheduled June 12 at Lincoln’s Rock ’n’ Joe Coffee Bar, 5025 Lindberg St., and June 18 at Beatrice’s Tall Tree Tastings, 122 N. 5th St. Nebraska Game and Parks Commission educators will host the in-person, festival-style event at Rock ’n’ Joe Coffee Bar from 9-11 a.m., with live reptile and …

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Catch these Game and Parks education events in June

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LINCOLN, Neb. — From fish to snakes to pollinators, those curious about nature will have plenty of opportunities to be engaged by Nebraska Game and parks Commission educators this June. Here are a few opportunities: Get trained to survey for rare butterflies LINCOLN, Neb. — Learn to survey for rare butterflies in Nebraska during a June 5 training session offered by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. Game and Parks and community scientists will conduct surveys for monarch butterflies and …

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Enders Reservoir SRA 100-year Extravaganza to celebrate centennial

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LINCOLN, Neb. – Enjoy music, barbeque, history and trick shooting at Enders Reservoir State Recreation Area’s 100-year Extravaganza on June 5. The daylong event is part of Nebraska’s state parks centennial celebration. Activities will be located on the north side of the reservoir at Hannibal Hollow and Center Dam. Food and craft vendors will set up near the main park entrance at Center Dam camping area. All the events and activities are free. Camping at North 40 and Center Dam …

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State park visitors can take online survey to share experiences

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LINCOLN, Neb. – Visitors to Nebraska state parks can take a survey online to share their experiences this summer. To take the survey, visit go.unl.edu/nestateparks. The survey also is available at OutdoorNebraska.org/parkusersurvey. Crews have been conducting surveys in select parks every weekend since the beginning of April and will continue through the first weekend of August. 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 …

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3-D Archery Shoot set for June 5-6 at Ponca State Park

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LINCOLN, Neb. — The 12th Annual SCHEELS 3-D Archery Shoot will be June 5-6 at Ponca State Park. The tristate competition will be from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. both days in the Eric Wiebe Shooting Complex, where 20 stations and 60 targets will be set up. All ages and skill levels are welcome. Register onsite. Fees are $20 for those 13 and older, and free for those 12 and younger. Each adult registration will receive a free $10 SCHEELS …

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Nebraska’s historical monuments subject of Fort Hartsuff presentation

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LINCOLN, Neb. – The rich, diverse history and heritage of Nebraska as told through its often-secluded historical monuments and markers is the subject of a presentation at Fort Hartsuff State Historical Park on June 6. Marking Nebraska: Our (Mostly) Hidden Historical Monuments, by historian Jeff Barnes, is a review of the state’s earliest historical markers, from setting its borders to marking its trails to honoring its people. The event will take place at 3 p.m. in the Enlisted Men’s Barracks. …

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Reminder: Campers at Lakes McConaughy, Ogallala need reservations

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LINCOLN, Neb. – With the holiday weekend coming, campers are reminded they will need a reservation to stay overnight at Lake McConaughy and Lake Ogallala state recreation areas. Campers should book their reservation at the two state recreation areas before leaving home. Reservations can be made online at NebraskaStateParks.ReserveAmerica.com, via mobile app RA Camping, or by phone at 308-284-8800 during business hours. Designated campground sites can be reserved 180 days prior to arrival date, and beach camping sites can be …

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Biodiversity conservation grant funded by Nebraska Environmental Trust

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LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission recently received $200,000 from the Nebraska Environmental Trust for the Nebraska Natural Legacy Project: New Approaches to Biodiversity Conservation. This is the third and final year of the grant project, totaling $570,000. These funds have been used to improve thousands of acres of habitat on private and public lands. Two notable efforts include removal of eastern red cedar trees in the Sandhills and prescribed burning with landowners throughout the state. Both …

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Discover Fly-Fishing expands program for 2021

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LINCOLN, Neb. – Nebraskans are becoming increasingly curious about fly-fishing. So much so, the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, with the help of Cornhusker Fly Fishers and Trout Unlimited, has expanded its Discover Fly-Fishing event schedule for 2021. The third year of the Discover Fly-Fishing program kicks off May 26 at Lincoln’s Holmes Lake. It’s one of five events on the schedule, three more than previous years. Discover Fly-Fishing events are free and open to anyone interested in a basic …

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