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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.

Oct
17
Sat
Explore Hunting @ Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center
Oct 17 @ 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Interested in connecting with the outdoors through hunting, but not sure how to get started? This class is for you! Our nine-week course is designed for beginners of all types – students do not need to have previous experience with archery or firearms.
Enhance your encounters with the outdoors by learning the basic skills used to get close to wildlife and interact with the natural world. Explore animal identification, behavior, calls, and tracking, plus scouting, outdoor preparedness, and ageless tricks to blend with the environment. Discover how hunting fits in to conservation efforts across the nation.
Stay safe by practicing with tree stands/safety harnesses and learning basic firearm and archery safety. Gain hands-on marksmanship experience with modern bowhunting equipment and firearms on our indoor ranges. By taking this class, students will have the foundation to successfully plan and conduct a hunt, as well as learn what to do after the shot.
Students will be able to earn their Firearm Hunter Education and Bowhunter Education Course certificates through this class.
Ages 11 and over.
Students will be outside for potions of the class. We recommend that participants bring (labeled) personal sunscreen, bug spray, hat/sunglasses, and water. Students may bring their own compound bow if they have one.

Oct
20
Tue
Nature Tails: Pre-K Program Theme: (Listed Below for Each Week) @ Online
Oct 20 @ 10:00 am – 10:45 am

Gather your little ducklings, tadpoles, and bookworms for Nebraska Game and Parks’ new pre-k virtual nature program- Nature Tails!

Every Tuesday at 10am (Central Time) our outdoor educators from across the state will be reading a nature-themed children’s book in collaboration with the theme that week via ZOOM. After a short book there will be a quick activity for kiddos and families to participate in. Parents and caregivers are encouraged to participate as well.

**Can’t make it one week? Don’t worry about missing out. All the videos will be recorded and uploaded so your little cubs can watch whenever they want.
No registration is required for these events. Simply use this link to login  The same link will be used for each event.  https://outdoornebraska.zoom.us/j/99356903061?pwd=Y0cxOGEyRHFoa0lacnluN2MrRjJ6Zz09
Questions? Email monica.macoubrie@nebraska.gov, or amanda.filipi@nebraska.gov

Each week and theme are listed below. Come to one, or come to all!

September 29- Birds
October 6- Leaves
October 13- Spiders
October 20- Snakes
October 27- Bats
November 3- Mammals

Oct
21
Wed
Hunting Happy Hour: Learn to Hunt Upland Birds @ Online
Oct 21 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Cheers! Unravel the mystery, excitement and challenge of the hunt by joining Nebraska Game and Parks educators for an informal and interactive, virtual visit. This upland bird hunting Zoom-based get-together will give you the confidence and knowledge to seek out your own adventures this fall and beyond. Ideal for adults with little to zero experience, but interested in learning how. Attend one or several 60-minute Happy Hours from the comfort of your home or office.

Pre-registration is required! Register today at: http://outdoornebraska.gov/workshops/

Oct
22
Thu
FIRST SHOTS Pistol @ Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center
Oct 22 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 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! (Firearm simulators will be used for this class; live fire is available during the ‘Second Shots’ class.)

If possible, please download the following app to your phone ahead of time, for use during the class:

MantisX firearm training app

This seminar offers a small group setting for students ages 16 and over. All equipment is provided.

Attending participants receive a reward coupon for over 30% off their next handgun class at the Outdoor Education Center. Preregistration required.

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

(Students age 18 and under MUST be accompanied by legal parent/guardian.)

Second Shots Pistol @ Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center
Oct 22 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Our Second Shots Pistol 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 & review safe handling
•Ammunition knowledge
•Fundamentals of handgun shooting
•Actual range practice
•A variety of pistols (different calibers), ammo, and targets provided
•Please bring your own eye and ear protection
•If you have your own pistol, you may bring it to use on the range (be sure to bring 50 rounds of ammunition with)

This class is designed to build the handgun skills introduced in our FIRST SHOTS course. It’s also a good refresher for those who are years out of practice. The class will begin in the classroom discussing the different types of handguns and how to handle them safely, ammunition, and reviewing the fundamentals of our FIRST SHOTS Pistol course.

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. After completing this class the goal is that participants will be prepared to safely use the range.

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

(Students age 18 and under MUST be accompanied by legal parent/guardian.)

Prerequisites: FIRST SHOTS Pistol class

Cost: $75

Oct
23
Fri
FIRST SHOTS Pistol @ Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center
Oct 23 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 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! (Firearm simulators will be used for this class; live fire is available during the ‘Second Shots’ class.)

If possible, please download the following app to your phone ahead of time, for use during the class:

MantisX firearm training app

This seminar offers a small group setting for students ages 16 and over. All equipment is provided.

Attending participants receive a reward coupon for over 30% off their next handgun class at the Outdoor Education Center. Preregistration required.

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

(Students age 18 and under MUST be accompanied by legal parent/guardian.)

Oct
24
Sat
Explore Hunting @ Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center
Oct 24 @ 9:00 am – 11:30 am

Interested in connecting with the outdoors through hunting, but not sure how to get started? This class is for you! Our nine-week course is designed for beginners of all types – students do not need to have previous experience with archery or firearms.
Enhance your encounters with the outdoors by learning the basic skills used to get close to wildlife and interact with the natural world. Explore animal identification, behavior, calls, and tracking, plus scouting, outdoor preparedness, and ageless tricks to blend with the environment. Discover how hunting fits in to conservation efforts across the nation.
Stay safe by practicing with tree stands/safety harnesses and learning basic firearm and archery safety. Gain hands-on marksmanship experience with modern bowhunting equipment and firearms on our indoor ranges. By taking this class, students will have the foundation to successfully plan and conduct a hunt, as well as learn what to do after the shot.
Students will be able to earn their Firearm Hunter Education and Bowhunter Education Course certificates through this class.
Ages 11 and over.
Students will be outside for potions of the class. We recommend that participants bring (labeled) personal sunscreen, bug spray, hat/sunglasses, and water. Students may bring their own compound bow if they have one.

Explore Hunting @ Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center
Oct 24 @ 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Interested in connecting with the outdoors through hunting, but not sure how to get started? This class is for you! Our nine-week course is designed for beginners of all types – students do not need to have previous experience with archery or firearms.
Enhance your encounters with the outdoors by learning the basic skills used to get close to wildlife and interact with the natural world. Explore animal identification, behavior, calls, and tracking, plus scouting, outdoor preparedness, and ageless tricks to blend with the environment. Discover how hunting fits in to conservation efforts across the nation.
Stay safe by practicing with tree stands/safety harnesses and learning basic firearm and archery safety. Gain hands-on marksmanship experience with modern bowhunting equipment and firearms on our indoor ranges. By taking this class, students will have the foundation to successfully plan and conduct a hunt, as well as learn what to do after the shot.
Students will be able to earn their Firearm Hunter Education and Bowhunter Education Course certificates through this class.
Ages 11 and over.
Students will be outside for potions of the class. We recommend that participants bring (labeled) personal sunscreen, bug spray, hat/sunglasses, and water. Students may bring their own compound bow if they have one.

Oct
27
Tue
Nature Tails: Pre-K Program Theme: (Listed Below for Each Week) @ Online
Oct 27 @ 10:00 am – 10:45 am

Gather your little ducklings, tadpoles, and bookworms for Nebraska Game and Parks’ new pre-k virtual nature program- Nature Tails!

Every Tuesday at 10am (Central Time) our outdoor educators from across the state will be reading a nature-themed children’s book in collaboration with the theme that week via ZOOM. After a short book there will be a quick activity for kiddos and families to participate in. Parents and caregivers are encouraged to participate as well.

**Can’t make it one week? Don’t worry about missing out. All the videos will be recorded and uploaded so your little cubs can watch whenever they want.
No registration is required for these events. Simply use this link to login  The same link will be used for each event.  https://outdoornebraska.zoom.us/j/99356903061?pwd=Y0cxOGEyRHFoa0lacnluN2MrRjJ6Zz09
Questions? Email monica.macoubrie@nebraska.gov, or amanda.filipi@nebraska.gov

Each week and theme are listed below. Come to one, or come to all!

September 29- Birds
October 6- Leaves
October 13- Spiders
October 20- Snakes
October 27- Bats
November 3- Mammals

Healthy Water, Healthy People Educator Workshop @ Online ZOOM
Oct 27 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
We all know that our water is important, but do we know why? Healthy Water, Healthy People takes the concept of water quality and makes it relevant and meaningful for educators and those they teach. All living things depend on healthy water systems and the state of Nebraska contains many water resources, making this concept of high importance for all who share this community. Anyone looking to expand their own knowledge of water quality concepts and share it with others will benefit from this in-person workshop.
Included in the training is a 200-page activity guide for educators of students in grades six through university level. The guide raises the awareness and understanding of water quality issues and their relationship to personal, public and environmental health. Healthy Water Healthy People Water Quality Educators Guide will help educators address science standards through 25 original and interactive activities that link priority water quality topics to real-life experiences of educators and students.  Once registered, you will receive an email with the ZOOM link closer to the date of the workshop.
This educator workshop is limited to 25 participants…register today using the google form link below.
If you have questions, or would like more information please email Grace.gaard@nebraska.gov
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