Spring Events in Nebraska’s Parks

Warm weather, growing things – it’s a great time to be outside. Read below for a list of ways to celebrate spring at a Nebraska state park.

Marsh Madness

March 3, 10 & 17
Ponca State Park

Join us at Ponca, a park listed as an “Important Bird Area” by the National Audubon Society, with nearly 300 species sighted and more than 70 of those breeding in the area. Guided sunrise and sunset waterfowl blind viewings are scheduled among other events. Call the park at 402-755-2284 for reservations.
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City History Trolley Tour

March 10
Arbor Day Farm/Arbor Lodge State Historical Park

Hop on the Arbor Day Farm trolley for a guided tour of historic Nebraska City. Learn about the early days as the trolley ventures around town and past historical attractions.  The trolley ride is 90 minutes.
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Marsh Bird Walks

March 3, 17 & 31
Lake Ogallala Hike/Bike Trail

Join us for a bird walk! Binoculars, bird guides, and checklists will be provided. Wear appropriate walking shoes and bring plenty of water.
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Plant a Flower Day

March 18
Lake McConaughy Visitor/Water Interpretive Center

Family and friends are invited out to the visitor center for an afternoon of planting flowers from seed. There will be plant containers for the kids to decorate and flower seeds to plant and take home.
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Wildlife and Watercolors

March 10
Wildcat Hills Nature Center

Come along and show your artistic side! Try your hand at watercolor painting, while enjoying nature at the Wildcat Hills. Please pre-register by March 3, 2018.
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Gnome Hunt at Arbor Day Farm

March 16 – 19
Arbor Day Farm Tree Adventure

Bring the whole family to join in the fun of finding gnomes and their new hiding places. With clues and a map, you’ll journey through the tree adventure looking high and low.  All ages; rain, snow or shine.
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Spring Eggstravaganza

March 31
Ponca State Park

Enjoy Easter at the park! Bring you family out for a weekend of fun-filled activities that focus on the season of spring.  Kid’s Easter egg hunt, eggspectacular programs and much more.
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Easter Weekend Celebration

March 31 – April 1
Arbor Day Farm

Bring the entire family to Lied Lodge and Arbor Day Farm for a one-of-a-kind Easter weekend getaway.
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Platte River Art Show

April 7 – 8
Eugene T. Mahoney State Park

For the perfect weekend adventure, first admire artwork on display then stick around and take in the beauty of the park. It’ll be time well spent.
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Powerful Pollinators!

April 14
Wildcat Hills Nature Center

Search for pollinators of the Wildcat Hills in our new pollinator garden. Learn about their amazing adaptations and interesting life cycles!
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National Quilting Day

April 15
Arbor Lodge State Historical Park

Celebrate National Quilting Day at Arbor Lodge Mansion! View a special exhibit of quilts from the Arbor Lodge collection and learn about the history of quilting. See how a once utilitarian craft has evolved into a true art form.
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Beer and Bacon

April 22
Fort Atkinson State Historical Park

Spend a Sunday enjoying beer and bacon amidst the rustic, historic Fort Atkinson. Seats are limited, call the park for tickets.
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7th Annual Outdoor Adventure

April 28
Indian Cave State Park

Mushroom hunt contest, fish fry, Morel Mile run and 5k, biscuits and gravy breakfast, Red Bud hayrack rides, archery, kids’ horse rides, raptor recovery exhibit, fish tank exhibit, Dutch oven cooking, face painting, cider press demo, kayaking, half-price youth lifetime permit drawing.
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Find even more family fun on our Outdoor Calendar