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Featured events

Nebraska Game and Parks hosts hundreds of events annually. From educator opportunities to stage performances, fishing events to outdoors skills opportunities, we strive to offer planned activities appealing to Nebraska’s diverse interests and needs. Explore more.

Checking the water for organisms at a bioblitz.


Participate in a bioblitz or two throughout the year and learn about Nebraska’s native species.


City Nature Challenge

The City Nature Challenge is a global event in April to find and document urban wildlife.


First Day Hikes

Kick off the New Year in the great outdoors with a First Day Hike on Jan. 1 every year.

A man holds a walleye

Midwest Walleye Challenge

This fishing tournament helps biologists learn about walleye fisheries across Nebraska.

A group of biologist standing on a hill.

Natural Legacy Conference

The annual conference in the fall covers research, education and management of at-risk species.

Nebraska birding bowl logo with western meadowlark perched on binoculars.

Nebraska Birding Bowl

Celebrate Nebraska Bird Month this May by getting outside and tracking birds during the Nebraska Birding Bowl, May 1-31.

yellow-headed blackbird in front of a gray sky

Nebraska Bird Month

Celebrate Nebraska Bird Month throughout May by attending a bird-themed event near you.

Aerial view of families walking through the Nebraska Game and Parks building displays and aquarium at the Nebraska State Fair.

Nebraska State Fair

Join us for the Nebraska State Fair each August! Come see our 6,000-gallon aquarium filled with fish from Nebraska waters, indoor archery and pellet gun ranges, and more.

A bee covered with pollen on a flower

Pollinator Week

Pollinator Week in June increases awareness of the importance of pollinators.

snapping turtle with water plants stuck to back

Reptile Awareness Month

Our Reptile Art Competition leads up to National Reptile Awareness Month in October.

A mom, son and daughter

Slams & Challenges

Nebraska Game and Parks hosts a variety of competitions for avid anglers and hunters.

Tyler Vanderheiden in hunting garb holding ducks he harvested

Tyler Vanderheiden Memorial Run

This annual run or walk race in May raises funds for state park trails.

The sun rises over the confluence of the Niobrara and Missouri Rivers.

Woodland Habitat Convention

This convention focuses on deer and turkey habitat needs, as well as management of woodlands and productive hunting properties.

Park Events

Our 76 gorgeous state park and recreations areas host a plethora of events throughout the year. From bird hikes to kayak races, Living History events to family outdoor days, our parks host something fun for every outdoor enthusiast.

Park Pricing

A park entry permit is required to visit state parks and may be purchased at the park, statewide Game and Parks offices and permit vendors, or in advance of your arrival online. View those fees, as well as attraction and amenity pricing.