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Summer Events in Nebraska’s Parks

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

What’s Buzzing at the Pollinator Garden

June 16
Fremont SRA

Join us at Fremont State Recreation Area to learn more about pollinators and see what’s happening in the pollinator garden!
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NWTF Kids’ Day

June 16
Enders SRA

Join us for the National Wild Turkey Federation’s Kids’ Day at Enders SRA. Kids of all ages can enjoy kayaking, archery fishing, wildlife displays, and enter a raffle.
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Buffalo Cookout and NPS Program

June 16
Niobrara State Park

Spend a relaxing evening at Niobrara State Park. There will be a buffalo cookout and the National Park Service Program: “Steamboats on the Missouri”.
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25th Annual Ash Hollow Pageant

June 16
Ash Hollow State Historical Park

Join us at Ash Hollow State Historical Park on June 15 and 16 for the 26th Annual Ash Hollow Pageant.
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Father’s Day Fish Fry

June 16
Niobrara State Park

Treat dad to a made from scratch fish fry, including Dutch oven cobbler dessert.
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How Western Music Won the West

June 17
Fort Hartsuff State Historical Park

At this special Smithsonian Institution presentation, expect stories and songs about ‘cowboy music’ and where it came from, and where it went. Yee-haw!
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Father’s Day Buffet – Breakfast

June 17
Platte River State Park

Celebrate Dad with delicious food from the Walter Scott Lodge Restaurant. Serving Breakfast and Lunch!
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Annual Father’s Day Fishing Tourney

June 17
Niobrara State Park

Enjoy a morning of fishing with family and friends, prizes will be awarded for biggest fish and most caught.
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Pollinator Night

June 17
Buffalo Bill SRA

Learn about the different pollinators and their importance, how to start a pollinator garden plus fun activities for all ages. Following the presentation head outside and help plant milkweed plants.
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Stargazing

June 22, July 20
Eugene T. Mahoney State Park

The Omaha Astronomical Society and Prairie Astronomy Club will set up powerful telescopes for a glimpse of night sky spectaculars! Stargazing begins at the Bur Oak Picnic Shelter across from the golf driving range from dusk to 11pm.
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Carp-O-Rama

June 23
Branched Oak SRA

Anglers, want to master carp fishing? These notoriously strong fighting fish are a blast to catch and can make a great dinner too! Learn how to catch and cook carp with us.
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National Park Service River Adventure Day

June 23
Niobrara State Park

Adventure awaits! The Mobile Ranger Station will be waiting at scenic Niobrara state park  Explore their “Visitor Center on Wheels”and enjoy the beautiful summer air.
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Tour De Nebraska Bicycle Tour

June 23
Niobrara State Park

Mini rendevouz planned with sling shots, tomahawks, fishing, Dutch oven cooking, eagle’s nest and Fly tying for participants of the Tour De Nebraska and anyone else who wants to join!
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 Sod House Saturday Night

June 23
Bowring Ranch State Historical Park

Howdy! Join us for a BBQ supper and open mike night on the ranch followed by live music and a dance in the parking lot.
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Show & Shine Car Show

June 24
Indian Cave State Park

Love cars? Head out to Indian Cave State Park for a unique car show with a scenic view.
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Living History – Old-Fashioned 4th of July

June 30 & July 1
Fort Atkinson State Historical Park

“The War of 1812” display from Archives of Ontario, Toronto, Canada and living history displays, food, activities and more!
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Find even more family fun on our Outdoor Calendar