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Summer Fun Days
Summer Fun Days @ Ponca State Park
Jul 1 all-day
9:00—11:00 am Introduction to Archery and Shotguns— Join us for introductory courses on Archery and Shotguns. All equipment is provided. Archery participants must be 5 years old or older and Shotgun participants must be 12[...]
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Summer Fun Days
Summer Fun Days @ Ponca State Park
Jul 2 all-day
9:00—11:00 am Pellet Rifles— Join us for introductory courses on Pellet Rifles. All equipment will be provided.  Participants must be 8 years old or older. Meet and pay at the Eric Wiebe Shooting Complex. Cost[...]
Western and Wildlife Art Show
Western and Wildlife Art Show @ Fort Robinson State Park
Jul 2 – Jul 4 all-day
Join us at Fort Robinson State Park July 2-4 to browse beautiful works of Western-themed art! Regional artists will be displaying and selling a wide variety of artwork, including pottery, sculpture, photographs and paintings. A[...]
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Summer Fun Days
Summer Fun Days @ Ponca State Park
Jul 3 all-day
9:00—11:00 am Introduction to Archery & Muzzleloading— Join us for introductory courses on Archery and Muzzleloading. All equipment is provided. Archery participants must be 5 years old or older and Muzzleloading participants must be a[...]
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Red, White, and Blue Day – A Salute to Our Troops
Red, White, and Blue Day – A Salute to Our Troops @ Lewis & Clark SRA
Jul 4 all-day
11:00 am—12:00 pm: Arts and Crafts! – Join the Park Naturalist for a Fourth of July themed craft! Meet at the Weigand Shelter. $1 per craft. 2:00—3:00 pm: Critter Corner Join the Park Naturalist in[...]
Summer Fun Days
Summer Fun Days @ Ponca State Park
Jul 4 all-day
9:00—11:00 am Introduction to .22 Rifle— Join us for introductory courses on .22 Rifles. Participants must be 10 years old or older. All equipment is provided. Meet and pay at Eric Wiebe Shooting Complex. Cost[...]
Beginner’s Fishing Clinic 9:00 am
Beginner’s Fishing Clinic @ Danish Alps State Recreation Area
Jul 4 @ 9:00 am
Thursday, July 4th at 9:00 AM. Meet at ADA Fishing Pier. Free. Experience the great fishing at Kramper Lake! Baiting a hook, casting, fish identification, and other hands-on demonstrations will be presented. Bait and equipment[...]
Pollinator/Bird Program 10:00 am
Pollinator/Bird Program @ Niobrara State Park
Jul 4 @ 10:00 am
Join us at the RV campground for root beer floats for $1 and a pollinator/bird program at the gazebo. Park entry permit required.
Annual 4th of July BBQ 11:00 am
Annual 4th of July BBQ @ Fort Robinson State Park
Jul 4 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Join us at Fort Robinson State Park for a delicious July 4th barbeque! While you’re here be sure to check out the Western and Wildlife Art Show or any of the activities available at the[...]
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Introduction to Kayaking Courses 11:00 am
Introduction to Kayaking Courses @ Danish Alps State Recreation Area
Jul 5 @ 11:00 am
Friday, July 5th at 11:00 AM-12:30 PM and 2-3:30 PM. Meet at the Boat Ramp. Preregister at the Entry Booth. $15 per NGPC kayak retail.  Free, if using your own kayak. Bring your own kayak[...]
Nature Scavenger Hunt 11:00 am
Nature Scavenger Hunt @ Lewis & Clark State Recreation Area
Jul 5 @ 11:00 am
11:00 am: Nature Scavenger Hunt! – Have fun while learning by taking part in a nature scavenger hunt with the Park Naturalist! Meet at the Swim Beach.  Park entry permit required.
Nature Walk 7:00 pm
Nature Walk @ Lake McConaughy State Recreation Area
Jul 5 @ 7:00 pm
North side of Lake McConaughy, parking area is just past the railroad tracks. Field guides and binoculars provided. Park entry permit required.
Outdoor Movie 9:00 pm
Outdoor Movie @ Lewis and Clark State Recreation Area
Jul 5 @ 9:00 pm
9:00 pm: Outdoor Movie – Join the park staff in watching an Outdoor Movie. The movie will be The Sandlot! The movie will be located at the Weigand Shelter. Please bring chairs or blankets to[...]
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Living History
Living History @ Fort Atkinson State Historical Park
Jul 6 – Jul 7 all-day
Celebrate the Fourth of July with Fort Atkinson State Historical Park! This special celebration on July 6-7 includes living history as well as some special features: a Smithsonian exhibit and a UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter on[...]
Red, White, and Blue Weekend
Red, White, and Blue Weekend @ Lewis and Clark State Recreation Area
Jul 6 all-day
10:00 am—12:00 pm: Kayaking— Join the park staff for a fun morning of kayaking. You must be 10 years old to kayak alone; if you are under 10, you must be with an adult. Meet[...]
Summer Fun Days
Summer Fun Days @ Ponca State Park
Jul 6 all-day
9:00—11:00 am Introduction to Archery and Shotguns — Join us for introductory courses on Archery and Shotguns. All equipment is provided. Archery participants must be 5 years old or older and Shotgun participants must be[...]
Advanced Kayaking Courses 11:00 am
Advanced Kayaking Courses @ Danish Alps State Recreation Area
Jul 6 @ 11:00 am
Saturday, July 6th at 11:00 AM-12:30 PM and 2-3:30 PM. Meet at the Boat Ramp. Preregister at the Entry Booth. $15 per NGPC kayak retail.  Free, if using your own kayak. Whether you have attended[...]
Buffalo Cookout and Corps of Discovery in Song and Story 6:00 pm
Buffalo Cookout and Corps of Discovery in Song and Story @ Niobrara State Park
Jul 6 @ 6:00 pm
Buffalo cookout with Humanities Nebraska Program “Corps of Discovery in Song and Story” presented by Michael F. McDonald. Through original songs and stories, McDonald leads a lively celebration of the challenges and adventures faced by[...]
Father-Daughter Walk 6:00 pm
Father-Daughter Walk @ Lake Ogallala
Jul 6 @ 6:00 pm
Meet at the Hike/Bike Trail. Park entry permit required.
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Summer Fun Days
Summer Fun Days @ Ponca State Park
Jul 7 all-day
9:00—11:00 am Tomahawks & Atlatl — Join us for introductory courses on Tomahawks and Atlatl. All equipment will be provided. Participants must be 8 years old or older. Meet and pay at the Eric Wiebe[...]
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Greetings, Grebes! 8:00 am
Greetings, Grebes! @ Lake McConaughy State Recreation Area
Jul 10 @ 8:00 am
Come say “hello” to the western grebes on the north side of the lake, and learn about other grebe species as well. Binoculars provided. Meet at Omaha Beach area. Park entry permit required.
Family Fun Nights – McCook 6:00 pm
Family Fun Nights – McCook @ Red Willow Reservoir
Jul 10 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Family Fun Night activities include: Fishing (equipment provided), Archery, Kayaking and Family Cookout. All gear for activities will be provided. Only the park sticker needed to participate. All participants ages 16 and older need a[...]
Moon Viewing 9:00 pm
Moon Viewing @ Ash Hollow State Historical Park
Jul 10 @ 9:00 pm
Meet by the Visitor Center, at the first parking lot. Registration required, call (308)284-0855. Deadline is 5pm day of. Learn about moon phases, and where to find famous landmarks. Binoculars provided. Park entry permit required.
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Cowboy Mounted Shooting Event
Cowboy Mounted Shooting Event @ Fort Robinson State Park
Jul 12 – Jul 14 all-day
Cowboy Mounted Shooting Event @ Fort Robinson State Park
Contestants from Nebraska, Colorado, and Wyoming will participate in a mounted shooting contest will be held in the Arena each day. Park entry permit required.
S’mores with the Doerrs 7:00 pm
S’mores with the Doerrs @ Niobrara State Park
Jul 12 @ 7:00 pm
Enjoy s’mores in the RV campground while learning more about geocaching. Park entry permit required.
Nature Walk 7:00 pm
Nature Walk @ Ash Hollow State Historical Park
Jul 12 @ 7:00 pm
Meet at the Visitor Center. We will walk the Medicine Wheel trail, 1.5 miles round trip. Field guides and binoculars provided. Park entry permit required.
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6th Annual “Event with a View” 9:00 am
6th Annual “Event with a View” @ Niobrara State Park
Jul 13 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Gary and Liz Doerr present a great chance to learn more about geocaching! Niobrara State Park has over 60 caches for beginners to veterans. Meet at the Buffalo Cookout Pavilion. Park entry permit required.
Introduction to Archery 10:00 am
Introduction to Archery @ Danish Alps State Recreation Area
Jul 13 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Saturday, July 13th from 10:00 AM to Noon. Meet at Spillway near ADA Fishing Pier. $1 per six arrows. Learn to fire an arrow or come knock off some rust. Introductory Archery course will be[...]
Water Wonders 10:00 am
Water Wonders @ Wildcat Hills Nature Center
Jul 13 @ 10:00 am
Soak up a vast knowledge about water at this program. Discover the different states of water, how it moves and what we can do to conserve it. Park entry permit required.
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The Spirit of Mars – A Living History Presentation 11:00 am
The Spirit of Mars – A Living History Presentation @ Niobrara State Park
Jul 14 @ 11:00 am
This presentation by Samuel J. Haskin as portrayed b D.R. Haskin provides an entertaining, “first hand” account of the early settlement of the area in and around Ashfall Fossil Beds near Royal, Nebraska. Park entry[...]
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Write Our Way Thru Summer 9:00 am
Write Our Way Thru Summer @ Fort Kearny State Recreation Area
Jul 16 @ 9:00 am
Would you like to learn how to put your musings from your summer walks on paper?  If so, then join me at Ft. Kearny SRA, on the mornings of July 16 and July 20th, at[...]
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Clusters of Cliff Swallows 8:00 am
Clusters of Cliff Swallows @ Lake McConaughy State Recreation Area
Jul 17 @ 8:00 am
Clusters of Cliff Swallows, 8am at the Hydro. Come see these amazing fliers in action, and discuss the pros and cons of living in colonies. Park entry permit required.
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Petals and Poetry 9:00 am
Petals and Poetry @ Fort Kearny State Recreation Area
Jul 18 @ 9:00 am
Please join us at 9:00 am, on July 18th and July 27th for a beautiful sun-filled morning of picking wildflowers! Use a press to keep them in your special journal and add a dash of[...]
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Wildflower Walk 9:00 am
Wildflower Walk @ Ash Hollow State Historical Park
Jul 19 @ 9:00 am
Meet at the Visitor Center for a short presentation, and then we will find some flowers in the park. We will also be making and using nature journals with Conservation Nebraska. Park entry permit required.
Desperado Days Pool Party 1:00 pm
Desperado Days Pool Party @ Niobrara State Park
Jul 19 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Free pool admission from 1pm to 3pm sponsored by Hartington Bank. Park entry permit required.
Nature Walk 7:00 pm
Nature Walk @ Lake McConaughy State Recreation Area
Jul 19 @ 7:00 pm
Meet at the Lake McConaughy Visitor Center. An opportunity to make and use nature journals with Conservation Nebraska while exploring some of  Cedar Point. Field guides and binoculars provided. After dark stay for s’mores and[...]
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Write Our Way Thru Summer 9:00 am
Write Our Way Thru Summer @ Fort Kearny State Recreation Area
Jul 20 @ 9:00 am
Would you like to learn how to put your musings from your summer walks on paper?  If so, then join me at Ft. Kearny SRA, on the mornings of July 16 and July 20th, at[...]
Snakes of Nebraska 9:30 am
Snakes of Nebraska @ Schramm Education Center
Jul 20 @ 9:30 am – 4:30 pm
Schramm Education Center is hosting the annual “Snakes of Nebraska” event, free to the public! University of Nebraska-Lincoln herpetologist Dennis Ferraro will be showing and presenting all 29 species of live snakes found in Nebraska![...]
Ranch Life 1860s 10:00 am
Ranch Life 1860s @ Rock Creek Station State Historical Park
Jul 20 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
The Living Historian volunteers inhabit the reconstructed east ranch demonstrating and recreating the general daily life, clothing and chores of living and surviving on the great plains of Nebraska Territory. Park entry permit required.
Wetland Wanderer 11:00 am
Wetland Wanderer @ Danish Alps State Recreation Area
Jul 20 @ 11:00 am
Saturday, July 20th at 11:00 AM. Meet at Hunting Access parking lot south of the Entry Booth. Free. Learn about the diversity, conservation, and natural history of wetlands.  We will  venture through one of Danish[...]
Edible Aquifers 2:00 pm
Edible Aquifers @ Lake McConaughy State Recreation Area
Jul 20 @ 2:00 pm
Registration required, limit of 20 people. Call (308)284-0855. Deadline is July 18 at 5pm. No wait list. Park entry permit required.
Nature at Night: Bats 9:00 pm
Nature at Night: Bats @ Lake Ogallala State Recreation Area
Jul 20 @ 9:00 pm
Learn about the different bat species in Nebraska, and just how many mosquitos they can eat! Get some tips on placing a bat box so they won’t move into your house. Park entry permit required.
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Snakes of Nebraska 9:30 am
Snakes of Nebraska @ Schramm Education Center
Jul 21 @ 9:30 am – 4:30 pm
Schramm Education Center is hosting the annual “Snakes of Nebraska” event, free to the public! University of Nebraska-Lincoln herpetologist Dennis Ferraro will be showing and presenting all 29 species of live snakes found in Nebraska![...]
Kite Day 1:00 pm
Kite Day @ Niobrara State Park
Jul 21 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Join us at the first picnic shelter on 3-Mile loop – bring your favorite kite or borrow one of ours. Fun for all ages! Park entry permit required.
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Freshwater Exploration 4:00 pm
Freshwater Exploration @ Ash Hollow State Historical Park
Jul 23 @ 4:00 pm
Meet at the picnic area and we’ll explore what lives in Spring Pond. Nets, tubs, magnifying lenses provided. Park entry permit required.
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Family Fun Nights – McCook 6:00 pm
Family Fun Nights – McCook @ Red Willow Reservoir
Jul 24 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Family Fun Night activities include: Fishing (equipment provided), Archery, Kayaking and Family Cookout. All gear for activities will be provided. Only the park sticker needed to participate. All participants ages 16 and older need a[...]
Sugaring 7:00 pm
Sugaring @ Ash Hollow State Historical Park
Jul 24 @ 7:00 pm
Meet at the picnic area. I will slather a fermented fruity mix onto some trees, and we will see what kinds of moths show up! Park entry permit required.
Mothing 9:00 pm
Mothing @ Ash Hollow State Historical Park
Jul 24 @ 9:00 pm
Meet at the picnic area. We’ll hang up a white sheet, shine a bright light on it, and see different moths! Park entry permit required.
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6th Annual Campfire Christmas in July & Campground Decorating Contest
6th Annual Campfire Christmas in July & Campground Decorating Contest @ Indian Cave State Park
Jul 26 all-day
Join us at Indian Cave State Park July 26-27 for our 6th Annual Campfire Christmas in July and Campground Decorating Contest. Craft fair, visit with Santa, horse drawn wagon rides, food vendors, games for the[...]
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6th Annual Campfire Christmas in July & Campground Decorating Contest
6th Annual Campfire Christmas in July & Campground Decorating Contest @ Indian Cave State Park
Jul 27 all-day
Join us at Indian Cave State Park July 26-27 for our 6th Annual Campfire Christmas in July and Campground Decorating Contest. Craft fair, visit with Santa, horse drawn wagon rides, food vendors, games for the[...]
2nd Annual Crofton’s Dam Run 8:00 am
2nd Annual Crofton’s Dam Run @ Lewis & Clark SRA
Jul 27 @ 8:00 am
Join us for the 2nd Annual Crofton’s Dam Run in Northeast Nebraska along the picturesque Lewis & Clark Lake in Crofton, Nebraska! Competitors 14 years of age and older will kayak 1 mile on the lake,[...]
Petals and Poetry 9:00 am
Petals and Poetry @ Fort Kearny State Recreation Area
Jul 27 @ 9:00 am
Please join us at 9:00 am, on July 18th and July 27th for a beautiful sun-filled morning of picking wildflowers! Use a press to keep them in your special journal and add a dash of[...]
Jingle Bell Junk & Craft Market 12:00 pm
Jingle Bell Junk & Craft Market @ Indian Cave State Park
Jul 27 @ 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Join us at Indian Cave State Park on July 27th for our Jingle Bell Junk & Craft Market. Vendor space available by calling the park office. A Park Entry Permit is required.
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