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Summer in the Park

Let Nebraska be your playground this summer. Soak up the sun and make memories with your loved ones at park events planned across the state. Adventure awaits, find yours! Check our outdoor calendar for more details.

Fort Kearny Outdoor Expo

May 12
Fort Kearny State Recreation Area

The annual Fort Kearny Outdoor Expo showcases the state’s vast number of fun outdoor activities. This event is designed to meet the needs of anyone interested in an outdoor lifestyle, regardless of age or experience. Learn more

Ponca Fun Day

May 12
Ponca State Park

Head out to beautiful Ponca with the family for a fun-filled day. Archery, scavenger hunt, crafts, bird-watching, and more!
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 Sip Nebraska festival

May 11 – 12
Eugene T. Mahoney State Park

The event will feature over 100+ tastings from Nebraska wineries, breweries and distilleries. In addition, visitors can enjoy live music, food, and artisan and craft vendors.
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Mother’s Day Buffet

May 13
Ponca State Park

Dine in Ponca State Park’s conference rooms with their majestic stone fireplace or in the back courtyard with the sounds of nature all around. Live music and the menu includes ham, parmesan chicken, Italian green beans, salad bar, cheesy potatoes, and Dutch oven cobbler.
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Mother’s Day Buffet (Breakfast & Lunch)

May 13
Platte River State Park

Join us at Platte River State Park on May 13th for our Mother’s Day Buffet at the Walter Scott Lodge Restaurant. Serving Breakfast Buffet from 8am-10:30am. Lunch Buffet from 11am-2pm. Learn more

Stargazing

May 18
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!
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Bill Morris Memorial Fishing Derby

May 19
Platte River State Park

Test your skills and engage in some good old-fashioned competition at this event, which shooters of all ages and experience levels can enjoy. You’ll take aim at a series of steel plates at distances of 20 feet to 30 yards while being timed.
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Hooked for Life

Aug. 13
Swanson Reservoir State Recreation Area

This event is just for kids! Come out and learn more about the art and sport of fishing. Who knows – it may inspire a lifelong passion.
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Family Fun at Two Rivers

Aug. 13
Two Rivers State Recreation Area

No matter what your fishing skills are, join us for a fishing clinic and have a fun and relaxing time fishing the day away. Then you’ll get to create an ecosystem in a mason jar and practice identifying constellations under the summer sky.
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3-D Archery Shoot

Aug. 14
Red Willow Reservoir State Recreation Area

Enjoy a relaxing Sunday of taking aim at fun and challenging targets with your family.
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Pollinator Workshops

Aug. 2, 16 and 26
Bassett, Norfolk and Ponca State Park

Creatures like birds, bees and bats are responsible for one out of every three bites of food we eat! Sadly, they’ve been struggling in recent years. Our upcoming pollinator workshops in Bassett, Norfolk and Ponca State Park will teach you more about pollinators as well as how to build a pollinator garden.
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Family Fun at Two Rivers

Aug. 19
Two Rivers State Recreation Area

A wildlife biologist will teach you how to survey for monarch butterflies. Surveys help scientists understand the status of endangered species. Doing just one survey can help save the monarchs! You’ll also learn more about how to protect and help monarchs.
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Family Fun at Two Rivers

Aug. 20
Two Rivers State Recreation Area

Grab your magnifying glass and notebook to hike around the park and be a nature investigator. You’ll also learn more about tandy leather and how to make fishing reels out of pop cans.
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Introduction to Civilian Marksmanship Program

Aug. 22, 24
Platte River State Park

This two-session workshop will teach you safe rifle handling and range procedure, including shooting positions, sight alignment, and the rules of competitive shooting. It’s a fun program that young people can enjoy as well.
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Movie in the Park

Aug. 26
Calamus Reservoir State Recreation Area

Bring your own snacks and a lawn chair and enjoy a family-friendly movie in the park.
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Learn to Hunt – Dove Hunting Workshop

Aug. 30
Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center

Doves are uniquely exciting to hunt. They’re challenging to shoot, perhaps the fastest flying game species out there. Learn the secrets of dove hunting at this workshop, including strategy, equipment and recipes.
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Nebraska State Fair

Aug. 26 – Sept.
Fonner Park in Grand Island

The state fair is Nebraska’s largest entertainment event filled with family-focused fun. Our home in the Nebraska Building draws crowds each year who come to see our 6,000-gallon aquarium filled with fish found in Nebraska waters, indoor archery and pellet gun ranges, kids’ Nerf gun range and more.
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More events…

Year-round
Statewide

Find even more family fun on our Outdoor Calendar!
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