Nebraska Game and Parks offers programs, equipment, demos, shooting ranges, classes and more at education centers across the state. Learn more about each one below.
Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center (NOEC)
The Outdoor Education Center offers an indoor firearm range and indoor and outdoor archery ranges that are open to the public five days a week. Additionally, the center offers archery and firearm classes and workshops for both youth and adults, as well as day camps, Hunter Education classes and special events. The center is available for birthday parties, corporate events and other private events, and offers two classrooms for rental.
Outdoor Heritage Education Complex
The Roger G. Sykes Outdoor Heritage Complex is a family-friendly shooting sports complex with a focus on safety and family fun located at Platte River State Park near Lousiville. This center features an archery range with a shooting tower, a 50-yard small bore rifle range, a trap range with 5 stand feature and an indoor 10-meter pellet gun range. The ranges were created with everyone in mind, regardless of size, ability or skill level.
Wildcat Hills Shooting Sports Complex
The Wildcat Hills Shooting Sports Complex is a family-friendly shooting sports education center with a focus on safety, education and fun located at Wildcat Hills State Recreation Area. The center features archery, small bore, pellet, shotgun and rifle ranges. It provides educational programming and quality instruction.
Wildcat Hills Nature Center
The unique flora and fauna of the Wildcat Hills area are exhibited and displayed at this interactive nature center. The bright and airy lower level houses an area complete with stuffed animals and native fauna.
Schramm Education Center (AkSarBen Aquarium)
The Schramm Education Center, conveniently located on the banks of the Platte River between the cities of Lincoln and Omaha, is now open to the public as of May 1, 2019. The popular Ak-Sar-Ben Aquarium has been completely remodeled and expanded into an interactive state-of-the-art nature center featuring the state’s river, pond and lake systems. Visitors can also access the ponds, nature trails and view the historic fish hatchery at Schramm Park, located directly east of the facility.
Missouri National Recreational River Resource and Education Center
The Missouri National Recreational River Resource and Education Center is at Ponca State Park overlooking the beautiful Missouri River. It was completed in 2003 and includes scenic patios, wildlife viewing stations, educational classrooms, gift shop, and the park office. Meeting rooms are available for reservation and are often used for reunions, weddings, conferences and banquets. Visitors also enjoy the surrounding nature trails and the nearby pond seasonally stocked with fish. The Missouri National Recreational River Resource and Education Center is open year-round to visitors.
Eric Wiebe Shooting Complex
Eric Wiebe was a former conservation officer and one of the founders of the Missouri River Outdoor Expo. In 2009, Eric lost a hard fought battle with cancer. In 2010, Eric’s family donated funds to the Missouri River Outdoor Expo Board to begin a campaign to make improvements in the shooting complex at Ponca State Park. Today people of all ages enjoy the Eric Wiebe Shooting Complex. Visitors can participate in archery, shotgun, muzzle-loader, .22 long rifle, pellet guns, slingshot, atlatl, and tomahawk. Scheduled programs are provided from mid-April through October. All equipment is provided. No personal firearms are allowed in the park; however, archery is available year-round with your personal equipment.