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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.

Dec
1
Sat
Archery on Fire @ Platte River State Park Outdoor Heritage Education Complex
Dec 1 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Spend a fun day outdoors shooting archery with the whole family. This free event will feature archery, crossbows, tomahawk throwing and our new pellet gun shooting gallery. Warm up to the campfire and roast a few marshmallows. Kids crafts and campground games will keep you busy. Food will be available, sponsored by Scheels Sports of Omaha.

Mar
14
Thu
First Shots Rifle @ Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center
Mar 14 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Take your first shots with us!

The biggest challenge for new shooters is getting started. First Shots makes getting started in shooting very easy – and, best of all, it’s only $10!

At a First Shots seminar, you’ll receive:
-An educational introduction to the safe and recreational use of firearms
-A clear understanding of the local requirements for owning and purchasing a firearm
-Individual and group training
-A rundown of shooting sports opportunities for all levels of interest
-A chance to give shooting a try!

This seminar offers a small group setting for students ages 10 and over.

Attending participants receive a reward coupon for over 50% off their next rifle class at the Outdoor Education Center. Preregistration required.

Closed-neck shirts and closed-toe shoes are recommended.

Mar
29
Fri
First Shots Pistol @ Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center
Mar 29 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Take your first shots with us!

The biggest challenge for new shooters is getting started. First Shots makes getting started in shooting very easy – and, best of all, it’s only $10!

At a First Shots seminar, you’ll receive:
-An educational introduction to the safe and recreational use of firearms
-A clear understanding of the local requirements for owning and purchasing a firearm
-Individual and group training
-A rundown of shooting sports opportunities for all levels of interest
-A chance to give shooting a try!

This seminar offers a small group setting for students ages 16 and over.

Attending participants receive a reward coupon for over 50% off their next handgun class at the Outdoor Education Center. Preregistration required.

Closed-neck shirts and closed-toe shoes are recommended.

Apr
2
Tue
NRA Range Safety Officer Training (RSO) @ Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center
Apr 2 @ 9:00 am – 1:30 pm

The Range Safety Officer (RSO) course content consists of RSO’s roles and responsibilities, range standard operating procedures, range inspection and range rules, firearm stoppages and malfunctions, and Range Safety Briefings which include procedures to follow in the case of an emergency.

To become a NRA Range Safety Officer, you must pass the RSO course and demonstrate that you possess the knowledge, skills, and attitude essential to organizing, conducting, and supervising safe shooting activities and range operations.

Apr
4
Thu
NRA Range Safety Officer Training (RSO) @ Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center
Apr 4 @ 9:00 am – 1:30 pm

The Range Safety Officer (RSO) course content consists of RSO’s roles and responsibilities, range standard operating procedures, range inspection and range rules, firearm stoppages and malfunctions, and Range Safety Briefings which include procedures to follow in the case of an emergency.

To become a NRA Range Safety Officer, you must pass the RSO course and demonstrate that you possess the knowledge, skills, and attitude essential to organizing, conducting, and supervising safe shooting activities and range operations.

May
4
Sat
First Shots Pistol @ Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center
May 4 @ 9:00 am – 11:30 am

Take your first shots with us!

The biggest challenge for new shooters is getting started. First Shots makes getting started in shooting very easy – and, best of all, it’s only $10!

At a First Shots seminar, you’ll receive:
-An educational introduction to the safe and recreational use of firearms
-A clear understanding of the local requirements for owning and purchasing a firearm
-Individual and group training
-A rundown of shooting sports opportunities for all levels of interest
-A chance to give shooting a try!

This seminar offers a small group setting for students ages 16 and over.

Attending participants receive a reward coupon for over 50% off their next handgun class at the Outdoor Education Center. Preregistration required.

Closed-neck shirts and closed-toe shoes are recommended.

May
25
Sat
First Shots Pistol @ Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center
May 25 @ 9:00 am – 11:30 am

Take your first shots with us!

The biggest challenge for new shooters is getting started. First Shots makes getting started in shooting very easy – and, best of all, it’s only $10!

At a First Shots seminar, you’ll receive:
-An educational introduction to the safe and recreational use of firearms
-A clear understanding of the local requirements for owning and purchasing a firearm
-Individual and group training
-A rundown of shooting sports opportunities for all levels of interest
-A chance to give shooting a try!

This seminar offers a small group setting for students ages 16 and over.

Attending participants receive a reward coupon for over 50% off their next handgun class at the Outdoor Education Center. Preregistration required.

Closed-neck shirts and closed-toe shoes are recommended.

Aug
10
Sat
.22 Steel Plate Challenge @ Platte River State Park
Aug 10 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Love to shoot? How about a little competition? Then this event is for you! Participants will be using .22 rimfire M&P sporter rifles to shoot at 5 steel plates at various distances.

The object is to shoot one shot at each plate in the fastest time possible. One plate (called the stop plate) sits on a red post; you will shoot that one last. Time is captured by an electronic timer when the rifle is fired. Each participant will shoot several rounds at each station.

For age 12 and up. Safety equipment, firearms and ammunition provided. Pre-registration is requested. For more information, register for this event here. https://www.register-ed.com/events/view/146309

Oct
13
Sun
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

For more information about the program visit:’ http://yhec.nra.org

Aug
22
Sat
Ladies Day at the Range-Steel Plate Challenge @ Weeping Water Gun Club
Aug 22 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

The Nebraska Game & Parks Commission is concerned for its citizen’s health and safety. The following measures will be in place for this event; Participants should bring their own personal eye & ear protection. We will have eye and ear protection, new in package, on hand for a small fee. Staff and volunteers will wear cloth masks and gloves when handling firearms. Staff, volunteers and participants will maintain a 6 foot distance from other participants and other participants not in family/friend groups. Participants must bring their own firearms and ammo .22 LR ONLY (handgun or rifle)

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