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Park Events

State parks and recreation areas across Nebraska offer guided hikes, bird-watching, family events, camping, fishing, naturalist activities and much, much more. Find an event near you today!

Moonshell Storytelling Festival

Eugene T. Mahoney State Park

Sept. 14
Local and national storytellers will share stories based on culture and history, hold storytelling workshops, and tell ghost stories by the bonfire. Join us for a spellbinding time!
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Birds and Bagels

Wildcat Hills State Recreation Area

Sept. 14
Uncover the birds that call Wildcat Hills home! Participants will go on a short hike and learn about current research and common species.
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Continental Drift Music Festival

Fremont Lakes State Recreation Area

Sept. 14
Enjoy live music at the park!
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Monarch Tagging

Lake McConaughy State Recreation Area

Sept. 14
Come learn about monarchs while having fun tagging them to help monarch researchers do their job!
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Monarchs, Milkweed, & Migration

Lake McConaughy State Recreation Area

Sept. 15
Discover more about monarchs, including why numbers are declining and how we discovered their wintering grounds in Mexico.
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Ranch Life 1860s

Rock Creek Station State Historical Park

Sept. 21 & Oct. 19
Watch as living history volunteers inhabit the reconstructed east ranch of Rock Creek Station, recreating the daily life, clothing and chores required to live and survive on the great plains of the Nebraska Territory.
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15th Annual Missouri River Outdoor Expo

Ponca State Park

Sept. 21-22
Celebrate our outdoor heritage with more than 90 hands-on free exhibits, demonstrations, vendors and all-day entertainment. Enjoy kayaking, shooting sports, fishing, outdoor cooking and so much more!
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Guided Wildlife Observation

Red Willow State Recreation Area

Sept. 28
Join us for a great day of adventure and observation of Nebraska wildlife!
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The Night Sky

Ash Hollow State Historical Park

Sept. 28
Come gaze at the moon and a sky full of stars, telescope and binoculars provided!
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Nature Walk: The Platte River

Ash Hollow State Historical Park

Sept. 29
Walk the Medicine Wheel trail with us while we see and talk about the North Platte.
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2019 Nebraska Youth Smallbore Silhouette Invitational

Pressey Wildlife Management Area

Sept. 28
Join us for the longest running organized youth shooting event in Nebraska. Individuals and teams are invited to sign up!
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Dusty’s Pumpkin Fest at the Codys’

Buffalo Bill State Historical Park

Every Friday and Saturday in October
This smorgasbord of Halloween fun includes a petting zoo, duck race, plenty of games, horseback rides, candlelight tours of the mansion and horse-drawn wagon rides with spooky storytelling.
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Living history and Heritage Days

Fort Atkinson State Historical Park and Fort Calhoun

Oct. 5-6
This special living history weekend is held in conjunction with the community-wide Heritage Days celebration in Fort Calhoun. Activities at the park include buffalo butchering and hide tanning, live snake presentations, reenactments and period music played on traditional instruments.
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Living History Weekend – Frontier Work and Play at Arbor Lodge

Arbor Lodge State Historical Park

Oct. 5-6
Pioneers of many ethnic origins traveled their way to Nebraska. Join us as we celebrate the rich heritage of our ancestors with demonstrations and displays including vintage kitchen gadgets, rag dolls, frontier education, and blacksmithing.
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Autumn Harvest Show

Eugene T. Mahoney State Park

Oct. 6
View some of the finest art in the country, from both local and regional artists.
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Family Rendezvous

Platte River State Park

Oct. 6
Enjoy a day of fall outdoor fun, including a firsthand look at muzzleloaders, hatchet throwing, archery, reptile shows and more!
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Trick-or-Treat at the Town

Indian Cave State Park

Oct. 11
Go trick-or-treating along the decorated trail through the old town of St. Deroin.
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Lovin’ Dutch Oven

Wildcat Hills State Recreation Area

Oct. 12
Explore the art of Dutch oven cooking! Come help prepare a wonderful brunch, learn about Dutch oven, and best of all, enjoy some good cooking.
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Living History Weekend – All About Salt

Arbor Lodge State Historical Park

Oct. 12-13
Join us at the home of Arbor Day founder J. Sterling Mortion to discover the amazing evolution of salt and how Morton Salt revolutionized the industry.
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21st Annual Hallowfest

Ponca State Park

Oct. 12, 19
This beloved tradition at Ponca State Park continues with haunted evening hayrack rides, pumpkin roll obstacle courses, pumpkin carving contest and more.
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24th Annual Haunted Hollow

Indian Cave State Park

Oct. 12, 18-19, 25-26
Don’t miss this annual Halloween event! Activities include a pumpkin roll, crafts, face painter and haunted hayrack rides.
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Halloween Decorating Contest in the RV Campground

Indian Cave State Park

Oct. 12, 19, 26
Deck out your campsite in your best Halloween decorations for the chance to win the decorating contest.
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Campsite Decorating and Trick-or-Treating

Fremont Lakes State Recreation Area

Oct. 12
Come have some Halloween fun with us at Fremont Lakes!
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Youth Hunter Education Challenge

Platte River State Park

Oct. 13
The Youth Hunter Education Challenge allows youth to compete for prizes in a simulated hunting experience, helping them build their skills and get real-world hunting experience.
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Haunted History with the Codys

Buffalo Bill State Historical Park

Oct. 18-19, 25-26
Come enjoy a hayrack ride through Buffalo Bill State Historical Park and learn some creepy (and true) history!
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Fontenelle Family Fishing Frenzy/Discover Trout Fishing

Fontenelle Lake, Omaha

Oct. 19
This is a perfect opportunity for fishing newcomers to pick up some new skills in a relaxed environment.
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Jack-O-Lantern Junk & Craft Market

Indian Cave State Park

Oct. 19
Vendors selling everything from A to Z!
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Pink Pumpkin Walk

Indian Cave State Park

Oct. 19
Support local cancer societies and join us for a walk in a beautiful park!
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Trick-or-Treat by the Buses

Indian Cave State Park

Oct. 19
The Buskatiers will be handing out candy and popcorn, with buses available for viewing.
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Living History Weekend – Victorian Era

Arbor Lodge State Historical Park

Oct. 19-20
Journey back to the Victorian Times and enjoy displays of Victorian dresses, lacemaking, parlor music, parlor games, the language of the fan, and yard games.
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32nd Annual Pumpkin Carving Festival

Calamus State Recreation Area

Oct. 19
Join us for pumpkin carving, face painting, pumpkin launching, and games. Snow cones and cotton candy will also be available, along with a pot luck lunch at noon for those camping during the festival.
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Trunk and Treat

Fort Atkinson State Historical Park

Oct. 19
Join us at Fort Atkinson State Historical Park on October 19 from 1-3:30 p.m. for some Halloween fun at Trunk and Treat!
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Living History Weekend – Vintage Halloween

Arbor Lodge State Historical Park

Oct. 26-27
The weekend is full of Vintage Halloween fun and frivolity as we celebrate vintage Halloween customs, games, crafts, and décor.
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Halloween in the Hollow

Ash Hollow State Historical Park

Oct. 26
Come on a haunted history tour, take part in a scavenger hunt, go trunk-or-treating, and more!
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Red Willow Camp & Treat

Red Willow State Recreation Area

Oct. 25-27
Treat yourself to Halloween fun at Red Willow State Recreation Area October 25th – 27th!
Activities will include a Camper/Campsite Decorating Contest, Trick or Treating, a Kids’ Pumpkin Carving Contest, and more!
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Candlelight Tour

Fort Atkinson State Historical Park

Nov. 2
Come on a guided tour of the fort grounds at night, as volunteers enact scenes from fort life. Register early – this event is very popular!
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Bighorn Sheep Hike

Wildcat Hills State Recreation Area

Nov. 2
Come with us on a hike to find the mysterious and secretive creature of the Wildcat Hills, the bighorn sheep!
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River Valley Artisan Craft Market

Eugene T. Mahoney State Park

Nov. 2
Start your holiday shopping early with handmade arts and craft items from local vendors!
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