The health and safety of our customers and employees is our top priority. Based on health concerns regarding COVID-19, we are working to reduce the spread of the new coronavirus disease to our guests, employees, and the greater community. Therefore, the Nebraska Game & Parks Commission is canceling all group events and programs through May 31, 2020, or until further notice.
- NGPC is monitoring the public health situation closely, as it changes daily. We will provide updates on this webpage as they become available. All closures or modifications to services, facility hours, staff assistance and special event cancellations also will be announced by news release, email, and NGPC social media.
- Nebraska State Parks and recreation areas currently remain open for day use, fishing, and recreation. Game and Parks will continue to keep open state park and recreation areas grounds and trails, which provide adequate room for proper physical distancing for the health and safety of the public. State recreation areas also offer hiking and fishing opportunities while maintaining 6-foot distance between healthy guests. Parks permits can be purchased online.
- Overnight camping at state parks, state recreation areas and wildlife management areas will be prohibited starting Monday, April 6 through Friday, May 8, with a possible extension.
In addition, the closure of state park area lodging and cabins will be extended through May 8.
- The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services recommends travelers coming to Nebraska or back to Nebraska from out-of-state should limit public interactions, practice strict social distancing, self-monitor for symptoms, and self-quarantine for 14 days, if feasible.
- NGPC is taking proactive measures to protect our customers and our employees by using CDC-approved cleaning supplies and frequently disinfecting areas regularly visited by the public.
- State park and recreation area playgrounds and play structures are closed as of March 30 until further notice. The closures are in keeping with national recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which encourages maintaining physical distance’ and limiting in-person social interactions.
- Public safety and the safety of our staff are our top priorities. Take precautions recommended by the CDC, including social distancing even in outdoors spaces. Any person who is sick, has a fever of 100.4 degrees or higher, or has been exposed to sick individuals, should remain at home. Please also use thoughtful consideration regarding your public attendance and group interactions.
Park permits, fishing permits, and hunting permits can all be purchased online at OutdoorNebraska.org.
All Nebraska Game and Parks Commission offices; service, visitor and education centers; shooting complexes; field offices; state park restaurants; and public crane viewing blinds are temporarily closed to the public until further notice. State park and recreation area lodges, cabins, and public shower buildings will be closed in April, with a possible extension period. All History Nebraska sites are closed to the public until further notice; for more information, visit history.nebraska.gov.
Park grounds remain open for day use at this time. A limited number of park restrooms will remain open for the public and will be sanitized regularly following suggested CDC guidelines. Guests can purchase park permits at OutdoorNebraska.org or at a self-service station. Guests with questions can check the FAQ site.
Game and Parks will continue to look at other ways to self-limit occupancy and reduce congregations of people to prevent the spread of the virus.
HEALTH AND SAFETY PROCEDURES
We have always taken pride in our clean and well-run facilities and offices, and we know that cleanliness is more important than ever right now. We’re taking guidance from the CDC, which recommends regular cleaning as one of the most important preventive measures we can take. We are cleaning our facilities continuously throughout each day, focusing especially on high-touch and high-traffic surfaces such as doors and door handles, bathroom surfaces, dispensers, sinks, handrails and light switches.
To mitigate the spread of COVID-19, the Nebraska Game & Parks Commission is canceling all group events and programs through May 31, 2020, or until further notice. This includes our National Archery in the Schools Program, Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center, community fishing, Schramm Education Center, wildlife brewery and park events; the Fort Kearney Expo; hunter education courses; the outdoor discovery program; or any other event requiring a gathering of individuals. Nebraska State Parks and recreation areas remain open for day-use such as fishing and hiking.
Please reference our Outdoor Calendar to view canceled events through May 31.
For questions, changes or modifications to your park camping reservations, please call (402) 471-1414 between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. (CST) Monday-Friday.
FOUR WAYS TO HELP
1. Please stay up to date with all local, state and federal advisories.
2. Follow CDC and health professional guidelines of maintaining good hygiene, including frequent washing of your hands, and avoid touching your face, mouth, and eyes.
3. Talk to your doctor before if you’re feeling ill. If you’re sick or more susceptible to complications, please stay home, rest and recover.
4. If you are well, fresh air and exercise regimes are a great way to support your health year-round. You can purchase park permits, fishing permits, and hunting permits online at OutdoorNebraska.org.