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As of July 1, Game and Parks will begin hosting some educational and naturalist programs on a limited basis. Visitors to offices, interpretive centers, education centers, nature centers and indoor events are temporarily required to wear a face mask. Please visit outdoornebraska.org/healthinfo for more information.

Aug
10
Sat
Family Farewell to Summer @ Lake McConaughy State Recreation Area
Aug 10 all-day

Meet at Visitors Center – activities throughout the day!

9-11am morning hike and yoga

11am-1pm brunch and socialize

1-4pm indoor activities such as creating a nature journal,

5-7pm primitive cooking and picnic

7-9pm hike through Cedar Point Biological Station

9-11pm S’mores Day and moth observation.

Park entry permit required.

Aug
11
Sun
4th Annual Director’s Cup @ Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center
Aug 11 all-day

The Fourth Annual Nebraska Game and Parks Director’s Cup Archery Tournament will take place Sunday, Aug. 11, 2019, at the Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center, 4703 N. 44th St., in Lincoln.

Archers of all skill levels are invited to compete in this one-of-a-kind event. The Director’s Cup is a fun and challenging competition featuring a unique ‘Lake of the Woods’ format. Targets are set in 5-yard increasing distances, where archers shoot a total of three arrows per target worth a possible 600 points. Shooting times run similar to tee times: roughly 5-8 minutes apart. Trophies and prizes will be awarded in each division, culminating in an exciting shoot-off to determine who will go home with the prestigious Director’s Cup trophy. The indoor competition for division winners will begin 20 minutes after the final group finished the outdoor round. Awards will follow.

Lunch will be available on-site.

Divisions and pricing
– Cub Compound (11 and under) – Shoots 5-10-15-20-25 yards. A compound bow with any accessories. This includes both fingers and releases. COST: $20
– Cub Recurve (11 and under) – Shoots 5-10-15-20-25 yards. Any recurve or longbow (no cams or wheels) that is shot with fingers. COST: $20
– NASP (18 & under and enrolled in grades 4-12) – Shoots 5-10-15-20-25 yards. COST: $25
– Youth Compound (12-14) – Shoots 20-25-30-35-40 yards. A compound bow with any accessories. This includes both fingers and releases. COST: $25
– Youth Recurve (12-14) – Shoots 20-25-30-35-40 yards. Any recurve or long bow (no cams or wheels) that is shot with fingers. COST: $25
– Young Adult Compound (15-17) – Shoots 20-65 yards. A compound bow with any accessories. This includes both fingers and releases. COST: $30
– Young Adult Recurve (15- 17) – Shoots 20-65 yard. Any recurve or long bow (no cams or wheels) that is shot with fingers. COST: $30
– Collegiate (with current college ID) – Shoots 20-65 yards. All equipment for this age group. COST: $30
– Adult (18 & over) – Shoots 20-65 yards. All equipment (please see others choices for this age group) COST: $40
– Adult Bowhunter Freestyle (18 & over) – Shoots 20-65 yards. A compound bow with release. Must have fixed pins. Sights will NOT be allowed to move once scoring begins. COST: $40
– Adult Traditional (18 & over) – Shoots 20-40 yards. Any recurve or longbow (no cams or wheels) that does not have sights or stabilizers and shot in fingers. COST: $40
– Adult Freestyle Limited Recurve (18 & over) – Shoots 20-65 yards. Recurve bow with sights and stabilizer and shot with fingers. COST: $40
– Championship (all ages) – Shoots 20-65 yards. All equipment for this age group. COST: $60
– Novice (Non-Competitive – all ages) – Shoots 20-65 yards. All equipment for this age group. COST: $30

Awards
Participants in the various divisions will be eligible for awards listed below.
Cub divisions: Medals
NASP division: Medals
Youth divisions: Medals
Young Adult divisions: Medals
Collegiate divisions: 70 percent payback; 1 per 3
Adult divisions: 70 percent payback; 1 per 3
Championship division: 70 percent payback; 1 per 3

Registration
Preregistration is open through Wednesday, Aug. 7. Shooting times will be published and emailed Saturday, Aug. 10. Late registration and check-in for those preregistered will begin at 8 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 11.

After you register, you will receive an email with payment details.

The Cheyenne Trotters @ Fort Robinson State Park
Aug 11 @ 10:00 am

The Cheyenne Trotters, a group of skilled horse enthusiasts who specialize in cavalry demonstrations, parades and drill team performances, will entertain audiences during a series of appearances at Fort Robinson State Park in August. Demonstrations will begin at 10am on the parade grounds.

Park entry permit required.

Aug
12
Mon
Growing Up WILD Educator Workshop @ Papillion Montessori
Aug 12 @ 8:00 am – 10:30 am

This workshop require pre-registration.  Please email hannah.rennard-ganley@cityofomaha.org with your full name, grades you work with, affiliation, and phone number.

Growing up WILD provides an early foundation for developing positive attitudes and behaviors about nature and life-long social and academic skills. This award-winning early childhood curriculum guide is for educators of children ages 3-7. The guide builds on children’s sense of wonder about nature by providing age appropriate, interdisciplinary lessons. Each thematic lesson includes multiple activities which teach math, reading, letter recognition, science, social studies as well as social-emotional skills.

Participants will receive a copy of the Growing Up WILD curriculum guide upon completion of this workshop.

What’s in the Water? @ Fort Kearny State Recreation Area
Aug 12 @ 10:00 am

Do you know what’s in the water? If you’re interested, then meet us at the boat dock at Ft. Kearny SRA, on August 12, at 10:00 am! Please wear water friendly shoes/boots, and bring an towel. We will be taking water samples and then discussing our finds.

Park entry permit required.

SECOND SHOT Pistol @ Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center
Aug 12 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Our Second Shot Handgun course teaches the basic knowledge, skills, and attitude necessary for owning and using a handgun safely. In addition, this class has been designed as a small group setting with the instructor for students ages 16 and over.

Course covers:

Handgun knowledge & safe handling
Ammunition knowledge
Fundamentals of handgun shooting
Actual range practice
Eye & ear protection, guns, & targets provided
This class is designed for the people with little to no knowledge of handguns, or those who are years out of practice and want a good refresher course starting at the beginning. The class will begin in the classroom discussing the different types of handguns and how to handle them safely, ammunition, and the fundamentals of handgun shooting.

The second portion of the class is spent on the range. The basics of stance, sight picture, and trigger control are emphasized to maximize success the first time out. After completing this class the goal is that participants will be prepared to safely use the range.

Required equipment: none; may bring your personal equipment if you have it (with 25 rounds of ammunition). Closed neck shirts and closed toed shoes are recommended.

Prerequisites: First Shots Pistol class

Cost: $75

Archery 1 – JOAD @ Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center
Aug 12 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

This basic USA Archery class is open to students who are new to JOAD or who are still working to advance to Archery 2. Explore Archery is a recommended prerequisite but not required.

Our Center Shot Archery Academy course includes achievement awards, skill training, and games with a 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. Archery 1 students have the opportunity to shoot for their green and purple pins during select class sessions. Over the course of the quarter, students will advance their scoring skills, learn about competition etiquette, and work to achieve the pins and techniques needed to advance to the next level.

No equipment is required, but personal equipment is allowed for some portions of the class.

If seats are listed as available, students may register and 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.

Ages 8 and over.

Prerequisites: None (Explore Archery recommended)

Aug
13
Tue
Petals and Poetry @ Fort Kearny State Recreation Area
Aug 13 @ 9:00 am

Please join us at 9:00 am for a beautiful sun-filled morning of picking wildflowers! Use a press to keep them in your special journal and add a dash of prairie poetry. Just bring yourself,  a water or cuppa coffee, your favorite poems and a camera.

Park entry permit required.

Glock Practice Nights @ Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center
Aug 13 @ 5:00 pm – 7:15 pm

Come practice for upcoming Glock matches at the Outdoor Education Center on July 6, August 3, and September 7.

Attend as few or as many nights as you wish, $10 per attendance. Course of fire and targets will match actual competition conditions.

Participants may arrive and start any time between 5-7:15 pm.

Archery 2 – JOAD @ Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center
Aug 13 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Our Center Shot Archery Academy intermediate level class is open to students who have previously been enrolled at the intermediate level OR have achieved the listed prerequisites.

Lessons will focus on the form, equipment, and attitude needed to shoot a bow in recreational and competitive settings. Each session includes a short lesson and coaching while students are on the line. Students will receive their own copy of the National Training System (NTS) shot cycle, a stretch band, a string bow, and a finger sling.

No personal equipment is required, but should start to be considered.

Ages 8 and over.

Prerequisites:
– Name at least four steps of the NTS Shot Cycle
– Earn at least 4 pins (white pin) in any discipline

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