Learn to Hunt – Predator @ YMCA of the Prairie
Sep 22 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Predator calling is one of the most exciting hunts. Come to learn about the many techniques used to hunt these elusive creatures. This workshop will focus on coyote, bobcat, fox and raccoon hunting. Participants will learn how to use game calls, scout for success, critter biology and much more.

Workshop will be taught by Troy Hornaman (NWTF) | Cost: $10 per adult and $5 per child.

Please pre-register online!

Wild Game Processing Workshop @ UNL East Campus - Animal Science Complex
Sep 24 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Join us at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Animal Science facility, where we will learn how to process wild game. Attendees will get the opportunity to learn how to process a deer and learn some tips and tricks that can make the experience easier. There is limited space for this workshop, so don’t miss out on this unique opportunity!

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2018 Nebraska Youth Smallbore Silhouette Invitational @ Pressey Wildlife Management Area (17 miles south of Broken Bow, NE)
Sep 29 @ 10:00 am

Join us for the 2018 Nebraska Youth Smallbore Silhouette Invitational, the longest running organized youth shooting event in Nebraska.

This is a free competition, open to all youth age 11 or older who have successfully completed Hunter Education and who have not yet graduated from high school. Proof of Hunter Education completion is required.

All first-time shooters at the event will receive one free box of .22 ammo!

Range will open for practice at 7:30 a.m. Matches will begin at 10 a.m. and conclude mid-afternoon. Competitors will be grouped in various classes according to age, rifle weight, sight type and experience level, competing against others in their own class. Individuals and teams are encouraged to enter. Trophies or medals will be awarded to the winners of each class.

Only equipment authorized by NRA Smallbore Rifle Silhouette Rules will be permitted. Shooters should bring their own rifle and ammunition – Standard or High Velocity .22 short, long or long rifle. No Stingers or Ultra High Velocity ammo allowed.

Bring the whole family! Lunch available on-site.

Registration opens July 1, 2018.

Learn to Hunt-Waterfowl @ Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center
Oct 2 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

This FREE workshop covers an overview of hunting waterfowl. You will learn about hunting strategies, needed equipment and more from Nebraska Game and Parks Commission Wildlife Experts, Mark Vrtiska & Matt Haugen. Designed to improve confidence and expand knowledge for those with little to no experience, this workshop is free and open to anyone interested in learning more about waterfowl hunting.

Please pre-register online!

Wild Game with Hank Shaw Author of Hunter Angler Gardener Cook @ Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center
Oct 4 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Join us at the Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center as we welcome Hank Shaw for his first-ever event in Nebraska. He will be talking about how to get more out of your wild game – focusing on upland birds. This is a chance to get some tips and pick up some new techniques for prepping and cooking your game and fish, and get a signed cookbook. This event is free to attend, and a portion of the proceeds of every cookbook sold goes to Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever to support habitat restoration.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for pre-presentation book signing.

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New Instructor Training for Hunter Education Instructors @ Wildcat Hills shooting Sports Complex
Oct 5 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

New Instructor Training is required for all individuals who have applied to become a Firearm and/or Bowhunter Education Instructor with the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. Others interested in becoming a hunter education instructor who have not yet applied may also attend and complete an application at this training. Teaching materials are provided at this training.

Register today:

If you have questions, contact Jackson Ellis at 402-471-6134 or

All Seasons Hunting Workshop @ Mormon Island State Recreation Area
Oct 6 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Join us at Mormon Island SRA as we focus on tactics, calling, hunting set-ups, how to get started, what type of gear to bring, scouting and more!

Choose two of four (1 hour) hunting sessions focusing on:
— Deer Hunting
— Waterfowl Hunting
— Predator Hunting
— Fall Turkey Hunting

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A park entry permit is required.

Learn to Hunt-Upland Bird @ Nebraska Outdoor Education Center
Oct 9 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Feel the rush of the flush – as we talk pheasants and quail. Designed to improve confidence and expand knowledge for those with little to no experience this workshop is FREE and open to anyone interested in becoming more successful.

Please pre-register online!

Youth Hunter Education Challenge @ Platte River State Park
Oct 13 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

2018-77436 Youth Hunter Education ChallengeSpecial Instructions for All Students

Youth over the age of 11 who have successfully completed hunter education are invited to take part in Nebraska’s state Youth Hunter Education Challenge.

The Youth Hunter Education Challenge, scheduled for 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Oct. 13, will allow youth to compete for prizes in a simulated hunting experience. The event, which is sponsored by the National Rifle Association, will help youth build their skills, get real-world hunting experience and learn about hunter safety and responsibility as they compete in six challenges, including 3-D archery, muzzleloading and shotgun. The event will take place at the Roger G. Sykes Outdoor Heritage Education Complex at Platte River State Park near Louisville.

The challenge’s simulated hunt setup provides the ideal practical environment for reinforcing and testing a young hunter’s skills. The event is designed to further the skills taught in hunter education and to give young hunters the skills and confidence they need to make hunting a lifelong pursuit.

The challenge is available only to hunter education graduates age 11 or older who have not yet completed high school. Hunters are encouraged to use their own equipment and ammunition, but are not required to. A T-shirt and lunch will be provided for all participants. Prizes provided by the Big Game Conservation Association will be given to winners in each category

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Linking Literature & Science: Insects @ Wildlife Safari Park
Oct 13 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm


Join us as we investigate ways to use literature books to engage students in meaningful interdisciplinary lessons. We’ll start by discovering amazing insect and pollinator-focused literature books. Next, we’ll connect these literature books with simple lesson plans.

Who Should Attend?
This workshop is for early childhood educators including in-home day care providers, day care centers, preschool and elementary teachers and nature center staff.

Workshop participants will receive:
• Multiple insect and pollinator-related science lessons
• Numerous insect and pollinator-related literature books
• Knowledge and skills to engage children in quality STEM learning
• 2.5 hours of continuing education credit through the NDE Office of
Early Childhood Education

How To Register?
To register, e-mail your name, e-mail address, and the ages you work with to: