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Jan
14
Tue
Little Saplings Early Childhood Nature Discovery Program @ Schramm Education Center
Jan 14 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am

For children ages 2-5 and their adult caregiver, Little Saplings will bring monthly nature themes to life for your child through story telling, sensory activities, craft, and outdoor exploration!

Program is free with general admission to the Education Center. Adults (14 & up) – $10, Seniors – $7, Children (4-13) – $7, Children 3 & under- Free

Download event flyer: Little Saplings Flyer

January 14 Winter Wildlife Where do animals go during winter? Explore how wildlife survive and thrive through the coldest season.
February 11 Fantastic Fish Use your senses to explore the world of fish, and discover

what types of fish live in Nebraska.

March 10 Busy Trees Who lives in a tree? How do we use trees? Learn about the lives of busy trees, and their importance in nature!
April 14 Nature Nests Birds build them, turtles build them, and even fish build them! Discover why nests are important in nature.
May 12 Mother Earth Let’s celebrate Mother’s Day by learning about our Mother

Earth, and how we can show her our love!

June 9 Pond Life The pond is a busy place! Discover what lives underwater, on the water and over the water at a busy pond.
July 14 Bumbling Bees Who’s buzzing in the flowers? Learn about bees in

Nebraska, and why they are so important!

 

August 11 Terrific Turtles What makes a turtle special? How many turtles are in Nebraska? Dive into the world of turtles and what makes them so terrific!
September 8 Buggy World What makes a bug, a bug? Join us as we look high, low,

over and under for bugs found at Schramm Park!

October 13 All about Owls Hoot hoot hoot! Learn what the hoot is all about by exploring the world of owls!
November 10 Nature at Night Not all animals sleep at night! Discover how nature comes

alive at night for many animals.

December 8 Christmas Bird Count If you like birds, and want to be a scientist, help us look for birds, and discover what birds call Nebraska home in the winter!

 

Archery 1 – JOAD @ Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center
Jan 14 @ 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Special offer! If you are brand new to our Center Shot Academy JOAD program, call us at 402-471-6141 about our 20% registration discount just for you! (Only valid for the Wednesday section.)

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)

Centerfire Challenge League (Winter Series) @ Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center
Jan 14 @ 5:00 pm – 7:15 pm

This league will provide fun and exciting pistol shooting for all skill levels, in a competitive but relaxed setting. Ages 14 and up. Minors must be accompanied by parent or legal guardian. Shooters will provide their own handgun and ammunition. This league runs for 8 weeks, with scores for each evening and a cumulative score for the series.

Course of fire:

2 strings of 5 rounds in 10 seconds at 5, 10, 15, 20, and 25 yards – 50 shots total.

AP-1 target (23″ X 35″).

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

Archery 2 – JOAD @ Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center
Jan 14 @ 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

Birds & Books Educator Workshop @ Educational Service Unit (ESU) #7
Jan 14 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

This event requires pre-registation.  To register email Jamie.bachmann@nebraska.gov with your full name, affiliation, ages of children you work with, and phone number.  This workshop is limited to 20 participants…register today!

Join us as we investigate ways to use literature books to engage children in meaningful interdisciplinary lessons.  We will connect literature books with simple, long-term science investigations.

Who should attend?– this workshop is designed for preschool- aged through 2nd grade formal and informal educators and day care providers.

Workshops participants will receive:

  • bird related science- focused lessons
  • bird related literature books
  • Bird of Nebraska Field Guide
  • 3 hours of approved in-service hours
Jan
16
Thu
Rimfire Pistol League (Winter Series) @ Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center
Jan 16 @ 5:00 pm – 7:15 pm

Join us for this popular league for pistol enthusiasts of all skill levels. Pick from optical (red dot/scope) or metallic sight divisions, depending on your equipment.

Scores for each evening and a cumulative score for the 8 week series offer plenty of opportunity to get in on the action.

Course of fire: Target B-33, 50 rounds total in 15 minutes. Start at 5 yards – 15 rounds; 15 yards – 20 rounds; 25 yards – 15 rounds.

Minors ages 12-18 must be accompanied by parent or legal guardian. Shooters provide their own .22 pistol and ammunition.

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

$45/participant/series

Rimfire Rifle League (Winter Series) @ Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center
Jan 16 @ 5:00 pm – 7:15 pm

This rifle shooting league will be fun and exciting for shooters of all ages and skill levels. There will be scoped and iron sight divisions. Shooters will provide their own .22 rifle and ammunition.

This league runs for 8 weeks, with scores for each evening and a cumulative score for the series.

Participants may arrive and start any time between 5:00-7:15 p.m.

Ages 8 and up. Minors must be accompanied by parent or legal guardian.

$45/participant/series

Explore Archery @ Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center
Jan 16 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Explore Archery is a fun and perfect fit for beginners of any ability wanting to get started in the sport of archery.

If a student is fairly new to archery and looking for a full introductory program, Explore Archery has everything you need – bows, arrows, and enthusiastic instructors! You’ll learn range safety, fundamentals of archery shooting, and parts of a bow and arrow – plus receive skill-building coaching and play exciting games.

Ages 8 and over.

Archery 3 – JOAD @ Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center
Jan 16 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

The advanced level class is open to students that have previously been enrolled at the team level OR have achieved the listed prerequisites.

This additional Center Shot Archery Academy class section offers high level coaching with educational opportunities outside of class, such as personalized equipment advice and individual coaching sessions. Students have the opportunity to continue to hone the skills needed to earn pins and work at an advanced competency level for either competition or recreation.

Ages 8 and over.

Prerequisites:
– Name at least seven steps of the NTS Shot Cycle
– Earn at least 5 pins (black pin) in any discipline
– Personal equipment

Archery Team – JOAD @ Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center
Jan 16 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

The team is open to students that have previously been enrolled at the team level OR have achieved the listed prerequisites.

Center Shot Archery Academy team members are focused on competing in their chosen sport and taking their abilities to the next level – locally and nationally. Team members have amazing opportunities as they travel, meet archers from other teams, and test their skills with various styles of tournaments. Parents/students must fill out an understanding of commitment form. Personal coaching and additional educational opportunities mean that students keep growing in proportion to the work they put in.

Ages 8 and over.

Prerequisites:
– Archery 3
– Name at least seven steps of the NTS Shot Cycle
– Earn at least 5 pins (black pin) in any discipline
– Personal equipment
– Committed to compete
– 8 local tournaments
– 1 regional or national tournament

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