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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
28
Wed
Hunting Happy Hour: Learn to Hunt Deer with Firearm @ Online
Oct 28 @ 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 firearm deer 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
29
Thu
Hunting Happy Hour: Learn to Hunt Deer with a Firearm @ Online
Oct 29 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 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 firearm deer 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/

Second Shots Pistol @ Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center
Oct 29 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 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

The Science of Nebraska Fish @ Online
Oct 29 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Nebraska is home to more than 100 species of fish, and being in the center of the Great Plains isn’t always super pleasant if you’re a fish.  With cold winters, hot summers and variable rainfall it, at times, is a harsh place to live and thrive.  With 78 of our 100 species of fish being native to Nebraska they still vary widely in adaptions, color, size, diet and habitat.  Through this virtual event we will highlight some of the amazing and unique fish that Nebraska houses.  We will also discuss the special adaptations each fish uses to survive in their habitats.

This event is FREE, but requires pre-registration:

https://outdoornebraska.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwtceCspjssE9IfKh1LsDk5whHU0WwVusRa

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with more information for the event. Then on the day and time of the event, use this link and the password from your email to join us!

FIRST SHOTS Pistol @ Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center
Oct 29 @ 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
30
Fri
Haunted Hike & Hunt @ Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center
Oct 30 @ 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Enjoy some outdoor family-friendly spooky time this October! Register groups of 3 to 50 (split into pods of five) to experience a guided fall hike through our archery field course. Participants will get to explore the twisted trail and make 10 stops at archery stations to take aim at wickedly fun targets. No archery experience needed – beginners welcome!

Get registered to reserve your hunt time today! To facilitate health and safety measures, this is a reservation-only event.

Hunts can be chilly – dress to stay warm in the forest. During check in, meet with your expert guide at basecamp to get equipped for your adventure. Once geared up, head out to our Haunted Forest to encounter spirits, spiders, and zombie critters galore. Those brave and skilled enough will make it back out of the forest to see the sun once again!

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Hikers must be at least 10 years old on the day of the event – adult participation encouraged. Available dates are October 15, 16, 17, 24, 30, and 31 with time slots at 12 pm, 1 pm, 2 pm, 3 pm, 4 pm, or 5 pm. Preregistration is required to reserve a hunt time; takes about one hour to complete. Paid participants only please. Reservations close 48 hours before each available date.

Costumes welcome.

We provide all equipment (personal bows permitted).

$10/person ($6/annual pass holder). Register your group under one account name (add exact number of participants on payment screen). All participants must be paid for in advance.

If needing to add participants to your initial booking, please contact us at the phone number above or ngpc.oec@nebraska.gov. If a cancellation is requested over 24 hours in advance, a refund will be issued less the $2/person booking fee.

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Health & Safety Info

-Preregistration event with assigned check in times.
-Hiking pods limited to 5 participants with 1 accompanying staff/volunteer.
-Attendance limited to paid participants only.
-Masks must be worn during participant check in.
-Staff and volunteers required to wear masks and gloves.
-All bows and arrows fully sanitized between uses.
-One-way trail through the archery field course.

Haunted Camping at Enders SRA @ Enders Reservoir State Recreation Area
Oct 30 @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join us at Enders Reservoir SRA for a Haunted Camping experience!

Friday, October 30th:

4-6pm Pumpkin Carving Contest. Carving tables and utensils will be available. Pumpkins are provided, but visitors are encouraged to bring pumpkins so that there are enough for everyone.

5-8pm Campsite Decorating Contest. Walk through a Haunted Trail, located along Enders’ hike/bike trail. No Trick-or-Treating or Hayrack rides.

 

Saturday, October 31st:

6pm Costume Contest & Pet Costume Contest

5-8pm Campsite Decorating Contest. Walk through a Haunted Trail, located along Enders’ hike/bike trail.  No Trick-or-Treating or Hayrack rides.

 

Guests are asked to wear a mask and socially distance when appropriate.

Park Entry Permit Required.

Second Shots Pistol @ Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center
Oct 30 @ 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
31
Sat
Explore Hunting @ Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center
Oct 31 @ 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.

Haunted Hike & Hunt @ Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center
Oct 31 @ 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Enjoy some outdoor family-friendly spooky time this October! Register groups of 3 to 50 (split into pods of five) to experience a guided fall hike through our archery field course. Participants will get to explore the twisted trail and make 10 stops at archery stations to take aim at wickedly fun targets. No archery experience needed – beginners welcome!

Get registered to reserve your hunt time today! To facilitate health and safety measures, this is a reservation-only event.

Hunts can be chilly – dress to stay warm in the forest. During check in, meet with your expert guide at basecamp to get equipped for your adventure. Once geared up, head out to our Haunted Forest to encounter spirits, spiders, and zombie critters galore. Those brave and skilled enough will make it back out of the forest to see the sun once again!

———–

Hikers must be at least 10 years old on the day of the event – adult participation encouraged. Available dates are October 15, 16, 17, 24, 30, and 31 with time slots at 12 pm, 1 pm, 2 pm, 3 pm, 4 pm, or 5 pm. Preregistration is required to reserve a hunt time; takes about one hour to complete. Paid participants only please. Reservations close 48 hours before each available date.

Costumes welcome.

We provide all equipment (personal bows permitted).

$10/person ($6/annual pass holder). Register your group under one account name (add exact number of participants on payment screen). All participants must be paid for in advance.

If needing to add participants to your initial booking, please contact us at the phone number above or ngpc.oec@nebraska.gov. If a cancellation is requested over 24 hours in advance, a refund will be issued less the $2/person booking fee.

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Health & Safety Info

-Preregistration event with assigned check in times.
-Hiking pods limited to 5 participants with 1 accompanying staff/volunteer.
-Attendance limited to paid participants only.
-Masks must be worn during participant check in.
-Staff and volunteers required to wear masks and gloves.
-All bows and arrows fully sanitized between uses.
-One-way trail through the archery field course.

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