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The health and safety of our customers and employees is our top priority. As such, the Commission is cancelling all group events and programs through June 1 or until further notice. Please visit outdoornebraska.org/healthinfo for more information.
Dec
8
Sat
Christmas in the Woods @ Ponca State Park
Dec 8 all-day

Seasonal educational activities including old-fashion holiday crafts, lighted hayrack rides, free cookies and hot cider, sledding hill, groomed cross-country ski trails (snow permitting), and Snowman Building Contest.

A Park Entry Permit is required.

Dec
9
Sun
USA Archery Pin Shoot – Indoor 300 @ Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center
Dec 9 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Christmas at the Mansion @ Arbor Lodge State Historical Park
Dec 9 @ 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

See the 52-room mansion — home of J. Sterling Morton, founder of Arbor Day — at its festive best during the holiday season. Enjoy vintage décor, special holiday-themed collections on display, and holiday music to get you into the spirit of the season. Questions? Call 402-873-7222.

 

Woman’s Fishing Instructor Training @ Outdoor Education Center
Dec 9 @ 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Pass on your love and knowledge of fishing by becoming a fishing instructor.  Get certified to lead your own fishing clinics, and gain access to loaner fishing equipment and materials!  This training is open to woman 16 years and older.  Fishing experience is requested, but proficiency is not required.

Email Julia.Plugge@nebraska.gov to register.

Dec
10
Mon
Beginner JOAD & Adult Archery: Oct-Dec Qtr @ Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center
Dec 10 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

This USA Archery program runs quarter to quarter – the beginner class is open to students who are new to JOAD or have only completed one quarter. Explore Archery is a recommended prerequisite but not required.

Students will have the opportunity to participate in a minimum of 10 weeks. The course includes achievement awards, skill training, and games with focus on guiding each student in improvement at their own pace. Each session includes a short lesson and coaching while students are on the line.

No equipment required, but personal equipment is allowed for some portions of the class. Students should wear close-toed shoes only.

If seats are listed as available, students may register & join the class at any time except the last 4 weeks of the quarter. Allowances may be made at the discretion of the instructor. Full price still applies.

Class is usually not held the week of a major holiday. Check “Meeting on” list. Class is canceled in the event or threat of an imminent severe weather warning.

$40/participant/quarter + membership in USA Archery

Dec
11
Tue
Centerfire Challenge League (Mini Winter Series) @ Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center
Dec 11 @ 5:00 pm – 7:15 pm
Intermediate JOAD & Adult Archery: Oct-Dec Qtr @ Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center
Dec 11 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Dec
13
Thu
Explore Archery: Thursdays Dec-Jan @ Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center
Dec 13 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Center Shot Academy (JOAD): Oct-Dec Qtr @ Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center
Dec 13 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Advanced Junior Olympic Archery Development (JOAD). Enrollment by instructor permission only.

This USA Archery program runs quarter to quarter. Students will have the opportunity to participate in a minimum of 10 weeks. This program will include achievement awards, skill training and games with focus being on skill development. Students should wear close-toed shoes only.

Class is usually not held the week of a major holiday. Check “Meeting on” list. Class is canceled in the event or threat of an imminent severe weather warning.

$40/participant/quarter + membership in USA Archery

Dec
14
Fri
Christmas Bird Count @ Ponca State Park
Dec 14 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Birdwatchers of all ages, from beginners to experienced are invited to participate in Ponca State Park’s Annual Christmas Bird Count on December 14th. Members of the Loess Hills Audubon Society will assist guests and birders report sightings and comparing notes. The National Audubon Society compiles the results from Christmas Bird Counts from across the nation beginning December 14th thru January 5th. Information gathered becomes part of a long-term database, used by conservationists and researchers. Ponca State Park’s Annual Christmas Bird Count takes flight at 8:00 am on December 14th. There will be chicken noodle soup 12:00 – 1:00 pm for all participants and 1:00 – 5:00 pm additional birding will take place. Please dress for the weather. Bring binoculars and bird books. If you do not have binoculars or a bird book Ponca State Park will loan them to you. For additional information on Ponca State Park’s Annual Christmas Bird Count call 402-755-2284.

Park entry permit required.

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