Whether its fishing, bird watching, or Geo-Caching both children and adults need time outside. Research proves that people who spend time in nature experience less stress and fewer health issues.
The Nebraska Outdoor Events Trailers provide schools, community groups or scouting troops with a free, ready-to-go trailer filled with 13 outdoor recreation activities for a festival or event. Trailer activities include bean bag toss, binoculars and bird watching, skulls and pelts of Nebraska mammals, GPS and GeoCaching, AirSoft pellet guns and targets, casting poles, turkey calls, fish printing and track stamps. Together, these activities allow groups to help engage Nebraskans of all ages in fun, family-friendly outdoor and conservation education.
Most supplies for each of the 13 activities are provided with the trailer (a few consumable items will need to be purchased by the group using the trailer. Check the individual activity direction sheets to determine needed supplies).
There are three trailers located throughout Nebraska – Norfolk, North Platte and Lincoln. Every effort is made to reserve the trailer closest to your event. If the closest trailer is already reserved for your event date, you are welcome to use another trailer if available. Please be advised, the group checking-out the trailer is responsible for both pick-up and return of the trailer.
There is no fee for using the trailer.
Air Soft Guns
Participants learn the basics of air soft gun and gun safety, then try using an actual rifle to shoot a target.
Bean Bag Toss
Participants practice their aiming skills using bean bags and a wildlife-related target.
Binoculars & Bird Watching
Participants learn how to use binoculars, then go out into the field to look for Nebraska birds
Participants learn the basics of casting, knot tying, and fish identification.
CSI (Critter Scene Investigations)
Participants learn about animal tracking and engage in a series of “who done it” scenes to determine what animals are involved and what happened.
Participants partake in a Japanese art known as Gyotaku or fish printing. Traditionally done with real fish, this activity will use rubber fish
GPS and Geocaching
Participants learn the basics of GPS and Geocaching, then try to find pre-hidden caches using GPS units.
Kids make a mud ball filled with prairie seeds to take home and plant.
Nebraska Wildlife Jeopardy
Participants take part in a Jeopardy-style game about Nebraska’s mammal, amphibian, bird, fish, and reptile species.
Participants, individually or in groups, work to find every item on a scavenger hunt.
Tracks, and Fur, and Skulls, Oh My!
Participants learn about mammals of Nebraska through their skulls, pelts, and track replicas.
Participants investigate the different kinds of turkey calls and practice using each.
Participants make a book then fill it with track stamps of Nebraska wildlife species.
*EACH ACTIVITY CONTAINS MOST OF THE NEEDED SUPPLIES. SOME SUPPLIES WILLBE THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE GROUP CHECKING-OUT THE TRAILER.
Checking out a trailer
- Call to see if the trailer is available on your desired dates by emailing Monica Macoubrie or calling her at 402-471-5363
- Download the registration form.
- Send registration form to:
Nebraska Game & Parks Commission
2200 N. 33rd St.
Lincoln, NE 68503
NOTE: Your reservation is not official until we receive your registration form.
- Gather volunteers to run each activity. Most stations require 1-3 volunteers. If you wish, you can use the volunteer registration form to help recruit and keep track of volunteers. Purchase supplies required for some activities.
- Advertise your event in local newspapers, radio shows, and TV.
- As the day of your event approaches, make arrangements to pick up the trailer.
For more information, or to determine if a trailer is available for your event date please contact the following:
For the Lincoln trailer please email Monica Macoubrie or call her at 402-471-5363
For the Norfolk trailer please email Jamie Bachmann or call her at 402-370-3374
For the North Platte trailer please email Julie Geiser or call her at 308-660-6955