Outdoor Discovery Program

The Outdoor Discovery Program provides hands-on programs so all youth, novice or experienced, have the opportunity to explore new outdoor activities and recreational possibilities and learn new outdoor skills. Additionally, the program is designed to enhance students’ knowledge and ethical understanding of wildlife and the outdoors; encourage health and wellness by promoting active outdoor lifestyles; and engage students in fun interactive activities in the areas of wildlife/habitat management, natural resource use, Nebraska history, shooting sports, hunting skills, aquatic knowledge and fishing skills, and camping and recreation. Additionally, activities are designed to correlate with Nebraska state educational standards in the areas of science, math, history, reading and writing.


  • Archery
  • Shooting sports
  • Backpacking
  • Camping
  • Kayaking
  • Fishing
  • Aquatic education
  • Outdoor cooking
  • Safety in the outdoors
  • Nebraska history
  • Wildlife identification
  • Natural Resource education
  • Slingshots
  • Bowfishing

Registration Information

2022 Program Dates

East Outdoor Discovery – Platte River State Park – Thursday, April 21 and Friday, April 22 (4th and 5th grades) – Sign up to volunteer

West Outdoor Discovery – Wildcat Hills – Wednesday, April 27 & Thursday, April 28 (5th – 7th grades)

Fort Kearny Outdoor Expo – Fort Kearny State Recreation Area – May 5 & 6 (4 – 6th grades) – Sign up to volunteer

Please contact Julia Plugge or call her at 402-471-6009 for registration details and questions.

Our generous donors

Fort Kearney Outdoor Expo

Silver level

City of Kearney

Kearney Visitors Bureau

Marshall Engines, Inc.

Bronze level
  • Best Western Plus
  • Ducks Unlimited
  • HyVee
  • Mason Motors
  • US Fish & Wildlige
  • Walmart
  • Valentino’s
Copper level
    • American Legion Post #52
    • Andersen Wrecking
    • Bazata, Scott
    • Beerbohm, Gene & Jan
    • Boogarts
    • Bruning, Lois
    • Buzz’s Marine
    • City Plumbing / Kearney Plumbing Inc.
    • Culligan
    • W. Farms Inc.
    • Daylight Donuts
    • Eakes Office Solutions
    • Eagle Dental Associates
    • Foote Convenience Plaza
    • Graham Tire of Kearney
    • Heartland Surgery Center
    • Heil, Sheryl
    • Hellman Main Coslor & Kathol P.C.
    • Holl, Ben
    • Jack Lederman Co.
    • Jasnoch, Roger
    • Johnson Imperial Home Co. Inc.
    • Johnson, Stuart
    • Krohn, Brice
    • Lowe, John G. III Trust
    • Matthews, Mike
    • McLauglin, Pat
    • Mid-States Irrigation of Kearney
    • Monsanto
    • Platte Valley Communications of Kearney
    • Pond-Tini Pontoon Boats
    • Precision Import Repair
    • Shada, Tim
    • Stithem, Louie
    • Stover, Michelle
    • Target
    • Tillotson Enterprises, Inc.