Nature’s Gifts: Decorations from the Great Outdoors @ Wildcat Hills Nature Center
Dec 14 @ 10:00 am

Come and help us create fun nature crafts that will dress up the Nature Center or your own homes for the winter season!  Contact the Nature Center at 308-436-3777 for more information.

 Park entry permit required.

USA Archery Level 1 Instructor Certification @ Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center
Dec 14 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

The Level 1 Archery Instructor Certification Course provides graduates the necessary tools to maintain a high level of safety both on and off the archery range and ensures that minimum standards for archery instruction are consistently taught to provide for the safety and enjoyment of the participants, instructors and spectators.

Level 1 Instructors are well prepared to teach beginner archery programs to people of all ages and abilities in a variety of both indoor and outdoor settings in the disciplines of target, field or 3-D archery. The Level 1 Instructor will learn about range safety, range setup, the steps of shooting, equipment and repair, programs and lesson plans.

The Level 1 Instructor will learn about range safety, range setup, the steps of shooting, equipment and repair, programs and lesson plans.

Course Length: 8 hours (Dependent on class size)

Course Cost: $80

Certification Period: Three years from the date of course completion

– Minimum age is 15
– Level 1 course is NOT a prerequisite to attend a Level 2 course

– Qualified to be the lead Instructor for an Explore Archery Program
– Eligible for USA Archery insurance coverage. See USA Archery Insurance page for requirements**.
– All Level 1 Instructors who assist in a USA Archery Club are required to obtain a Range Pass.
– Access to exclusive video content in the USA Archery Mobile Coach app.

Classic Christmas @ Eugene T. Mahoney State Park
Dec 14 @ 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Join us for a Christmas celebration featuring pictures taken with Santa by NebraskaLAND photographers. Sugar cookie decorating, winter crafts, and trolley rides through the park will also be available. Hot chocolate Bar provided by Caddy’s Parkside Grill, $2/person.

Download event flier: ClassicChristmas_2019

Park entry permit required.

Christmas at the Codys @ Buffalo Bill State Historical Park
Dec 14 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

The event includes a tour through the mansion with entertainment in the parlor, cookies, cider and roasted chestnuts, a hayride through the grounds, a tour through the barn and a visit with Santa.

Adults: $8, Children 4-12: $5, 3 and younger: Free

Download event flyer: Christmas at the Codys

Park entry permit required.

NFAA 300 @ Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center
Dec 14 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Indoor Target Archery Competition: NFAA 300 (12 ends of 5 arrows)

Check in begins at 5 pm; shooting begins at 6 pm.

The tournament is open to all NFAA members as well as archers with no affiliation.

A limited number of NASP lanes will be available. NASP competitors will shoot standard 10m and 15m distances at 80 cm (standard) target face.

Preregistration is very appreciated! Contact us at 402-471-6141 if you experience difficulty with registration.

$10/youth, $15/adult

Christmas at the Bowring @ Arthur Bowring Sandhills Ranch State Historical Park
Dec 14 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Come celebrate the season at Bowring Ranch with a rib eye steak dinner with the trimmings, live music by the Twin River Band and door prizes. Reserve tickets in advance by calling 308-684-3428 or 308-684-3450. Tickets are $25.

Park entry permit required.

Women’s Combo Hunter/Bowhunter Classroom Course @ Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center
Dec 15 @ 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm

This will be a fun and educational setting for female students who would like to earn their hunter education certificates of completion for both Firearm and Bowhunter. The course will be taught by exciting, dedicated instructors who are eager to share their knowledge and passion about hunting, safety, and ethics in the field.

This course is for girls and women of nearly all ages– participants must be at least 11 years old. However, it is not necessary that youth are accompanied by an adult in the class.

The Ladies and Girls Hunter Education Class provides an opportunity for moms, daughters, grandmothers, aunts, and friends to get together and learn more about an activity that is not only fun, but a great way to enjoy the outdoors and become a part of Nebraska’s conservation heritage. Participants will leave the course with basic knowledge, skills, and hopefully the confidence to move forward as a safe and ethical hunter and recreational shooter. This class will spend plenty of time on the indoor shooting ranges with exceptional instructors offering plenty of hands on opportunities with our shooting equipment.

At one time, hunting was considered more of a “father-son” tradition. However, more fathers than ever are taking their daughters hunting, and more and more women are heading out to the field on their own or with family and friends.

Still, females (16 and older) make up only about 10% of the hunters in the U.S. according to information provided the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s 2016 National Survey of Fishing, Hunting, and Wildlife-Associated Recreation. Perhaps learning opportunities such as this Ladies and Girls Hunter Education class can help change that.

At the first session, everyone under 19 years of age must give the instructor a signed, completed Parental Release Form (download, print, and sign).

All students under 19 years of age should be accompanied by a parent/guardian to the first session to ensure appropriate information is received on dates, sessions, and additional requirements.

Archery 1 – JOAD @ Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center
Dec 16 @ 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)

NRA Range Safety Officer (RSO) Training @ Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center
Dec 17 @ 9:00 am – 1:30 pm

Thursday Dec 12 9am-1:30pm
Tuesday Dec 17 9am-1:30pm

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.

GSSF Indoor League Series – Match 3 @ Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center
Dec 17 @ 1:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Registration for the Outdoor Education Center?s GSSF Indoor League Series – Match 3 on December 19, 2019. Competitors must shoot in two out of the three available matches to be eligible for prizes.

Competitors may shoot up to 3 divisions – Stock, Unlimited, and Pocket. For division descriptions, see below. First entry per date is $15, second is $10, and third is $5.

This match will follow GSSF?s original course of fire. For target, distance, rounds, and timing specifications, see PDF under ?Extra Details? at left.

All competitors in the GSSF Indoor League Series must be GSSF Members and compete using Glocks that conform to Stock, Unlimited, and/or Pocket division rules. Memberships may be applied for or renewed on the day of the match.

Check in starts at 7:30 am. Competitors will be squadded according to arrival times. First squad will begin competition at 8 am. Last check in is 11:30 am.

A Glock pistol will be awarded in a random prize drawing after completion of all three matches. Each participant who attends two or more matches is allotted a chance to win the pistol. Competitors who shoot multiple runs may have their name entered once for each completed run.

For each division ONLY the first course of fire will be placed in the rankings and ONLY the first course of fire will be eligible for the 500 or the 250 (Pocket GLOCK) Club ranking.

For division awards, the GSSF League uses the ?Lewis? prize allocation system to distribute awards as equitably as possible.

During a League competition, where there will be more than one match, the scores are totaled and ?averaged? at the end of the 3-match series. If a shooter shoots in only 2 of the 3 matches, their scores are totaled and divided by 2. If they shoot in all 3 matches, their highest 2 scores are totaled and divided by 2.

The result is one final score for each shooter, which is then listed in the overall order in which they finished from highest to lowest. The overall list is then divided into thirds (i.e., the top one-third is ?A? class, the second one-third is ?B? class, and the third one-third is ?C? class). Plaques will be awarded to the top competitor of each class for the Stock division.

First place plaques will be awarded for Unlimited and Pocket divisions, and special recognition categories Woman, Senior (55+), and Junior (<18) in the Stock division. Other prizes awarded by drawing include knives, t-shirts, and caps. DIVISIONS Participants may shoot more than one pistol at each event. The course of fire may be shot more than once per pistol (additional fees apply). Competitors may shoot an official entry in all of the divisions. Any additional entries per a division will count for additional entries of the random drawing, but not for the official results. Stock GLOCK Firearms are considered to be ?Stock? if all firearm components are or ever have been available from GLOCK, Inc. Additional allowable modifications are specified below: - ?Hogue-Grip? type sleeves, ?A-Grip? panels, ?skateboard tape? or other grip-enhancing materials that do not materially alter the function of the stock firearm - Slide and barrel stripping and/or refinishing - Pearce Grip, Inc. grip extenders only on subcompact and slim-line models - Aftermarket replacement non-metallic base plates on magazines - Post and notch sights (?partridge? sights) excluding any sight requiring slide modifications. Please note that fiber-optic and express sights are approved. Any combination of GLOCK produced firearm parts that do not, in the sole opinion of the Range Master, result in a significant competitive advantage in the stock division are safe to utilize. Unlimited - Does not qualify for the special recognition patches - ?500 or 250 Club? The following modifications will necessitate placement of the firearm in the Unlimited Class: - Any non-post and notch sights including, but not limited to, ?Ghost Ring? or laser, electronic and optical sights. - Wrap-around ?grip sleeves? on magazines - Aftermarket component parts and barrels - Recoil spring guide/recoil reducer assemblies - Aftermarket extended slide stop levers - Firing pins (modified/aftermarket) - Connectors (modified/aftermarket) - Metallic magazine well ?funnels? or ?slugs? - Lights or other barrel weights - Any modification deemed by the Range Master to create an unfair competitive advantage Pocket GLOCK (Stock) - G42 - G43