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Fall into Autumn Fun

There’s no better place to enjoy the changing leaves and fall breezes than a state park! Through November, parks across the state are full of fun, family-friendly events for you and your loved ones to attend, with activities like nature and bird walks, painting, games, live music, and living history reenactments. Take advantage of the cool weather and get outdoors this fall!

Ranch Life in the 1860s

Sept. 16, Oct. 21
Rock Creek Station State Historical Park

History re-enactors will be living the ranch life in the 1860s on the park’s East Ranch.
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Principles of Kayaking

Sept. 19
Lake McConaughy State Recreation Area

Come out and join a basic instructional course on kayaking at the lake including instruction on principles and safety skills, as well as time on the water.
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Let’s Go Birding

Sept. 22 and 29
Ash Hollow State Historical Park and Lake Ogallala

The Park Naturalist will be leading bird walks at Lake Ogallala and Ash Hollow State Historical Park. Binoculars, bird guides, and checklists will be provided.
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Star Party

Sept. 22
Ash Hollow State Historical Park

Join us in observing the night sky! A local astronomer will answer questions and have a telescope available for observing. Dress warm, bring a chair, and feel free to bring your own telescope.
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Pioneer History

Each weekend Sept. 23-Oct. 29
Arbor Lodge State Historical Park

Step back in time to see historic trades, talents, and other demonstrations come alive inside the mansion and out on the beautiful grounds of Nebraska City’s National Historic Landmark.
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Johnson Lake World Heart Day Hike

Sept. 24
Johnson Lake State Recreation Area

Join us in finishing strong on the 150 Mile Challenge as a Park of Nebraska’s 150 Year Celebration.
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Nature Journaling Walk

Sept. 24
Lake Ogallala State Recreation Area

Join the park naturalist for a nature walk and record your observations in a nature journal.
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Coffee and Canvas

Sept. 29
Lake McConaughy State Recreation Area

Join the Park Naturalist out at the lake for an evening of acrylic painting! Follow guided instructions on an original painting or come up with an idea of your own.
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Birding on Bikes

Sept. 30
Ash Hollow State Historical Park

Bring your bicycle out to Ash Hollow and prepare for a guided birding ride on the ridge and down through the trails.
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Statehood, A New Beginning

Sept. 30-Oct. 1
Rock Creek Station State Historical Park

Watch living history reenactors bring back the daily trail life that bustled through Nebraska 150 years ago.
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Living History and Heritage Days

Sept. 30-Oct. 1
Fort Atkinson State Historical Park

The skills, trades and way of life of the 1800s will be celebrated through hands-on learning demonstrations, children’s games, traditional foods, music and more.
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Continental Drift Music Festival

Sept. 30
Fremont Lakes State Recreation Area

This free concert for the whole family will feature music by Third Frate, Ten O’Clock Scholars, Brother Tandem, Robo Dojo, Edge of Arbor and Kait Erreckman
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Cider and Canvas

Sept. 30
Lake McConaughy State Recreation Area

Follow guided instructions on an original painting or come up with an idea of your own. Sip on some cider while we paint, in honor of National Hot Mulled Cider Day!
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Hallowfest

Oct. 6-30
Various parks statewide

Parks across the state will host a variety of Halloween activities including haunted hayrack rides, campground decorating contests, pumpkin carving and much more. Visit our Halloween events page for a full list of activities.
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Photography Show

Oct. 14
Fremont State Recreation Area

Bring your best photo taken at Fremont SRA during 2017. Photos can be dropped off Oct. 1-14.
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Pink Pumpkin Walk

Oct. 21
Indian Cave State Park

The Pink Pumpkin Walk is a cancer walk for survivors and in memory of loved one. Registration is $25 and a t-shirt is included.
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Wildlife and Watercolors

Nov. 3
Wildcat Hills State Recreation Area

Come along and show your artistic side! Try your hand at watercolor painting, while enjoying nature at the Wildcat Hills.
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Fort Atkinson Candlelight Tour

Nov. 4
Fort Atkinson State Historical Park

Join us for a unique evening in which you will be taken on a guided tour of the fort by candlelight. Each stop along the way will reveal another part of the evening’s plot, which is based on actual events.
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River Valley Artisans and Craft Market

Nov. 11-12
Eugene T. Mahoney State Park

This popular event offers vendors a unique opportunity to present their work to the public. Patrons can enjoy food at the Lodge Restaurant and start their holiday shopping with handmade gift options.
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