Outdoor Discovery Program

The Outdoor Discovery Program provides hands-on programs so all youth, novice or experienced, have the opportunity to explore new outdoor activities and recreational possibilities and learn new outdoor skills. Additionally, the program is designed to enhance students’ knowledge and ethical understanding of wildlife and the outdoors; encourage health and wellness by promoting active outdoor lifestyles; and engage students in fun interactive activities in the areas of wildlife/habitat management, natural resource use, Nebraska history, shooting sports, hunting skills, aquatic knowledge and fishing skills, and camping and recreation. Additionally, activities are designed to correlate with Nebraska state educational standards in the areas of science, math, history, reading and writing.


  • Archery
  • Shooting sports
  • Backpacking
  • Camping
  • Kayaking
  • Fishing
  • Aquatic education
  • Outdoor cooking
  • Safety in the outdoors
  • Nebraska history
  • Wildlife identification
  • Natural Resource education
  • Slingshots
  • Bowfishing


Educators can enroll their classrooms to take part in programs at one of three regional locations. To register your classroom, email Julia Plugge or call her at 402-471-6009.

Platte River State Park, April 15 & 16, 2020

Activities are for 4th and 5th graders. Registration opens in February.

Wildcat Hills State Recreation Area, April 29 & 30, 2020

Activities are for 5th, 6th and 7th graders. Registration opens in February.

Fort Kearny State Historical Park, May 7, 8 & 9, 2020

Activities are for 4th, 5th and 6th graders. Registration opens in February.