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Spring Park Events

Bid farewell to winter with an adventure at a Nebraska State Park. As the weather warms up, parks across the state will offer visitors the opportunity to witness the wonder of spring migration, experience living history, take in the beautify of the natural world and much more.

Bacon and Beer Feed

Fort Atkinson State Historical Park

April 28
Enjoy local bacon and local beers fireside in the Council House at historic Fort Atkinson State Historical Park.
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Living History

Fort Atkinson State Historical Park

May 4-5
Glimpse what life might have been like at the fort with reenactments, hands-on demonstrations and volunteers portraying day-to-day fort life and military drills.
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Spring Muster

Fort Hartsuff State Historical Park

May 4-5
Come see volunteers bring to life the world of a frontier soldier at Fort Hartsuff!
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National Bird Day

Arbor Lodge State Historical Park

May 4-5
Come see volunteers bring to life the world of a frontier soldier at Fort Hartsuff!
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Take Pride in America Clean-Up

Verdon Lake State Recreation Area

May 4
Help us keep this park beautiful! All hands on deck for Take Pride in America Clean Up day.Learn more

Sip Nebraska Wine and Craft Beer Festival

Eugene T. Mahoney State Park

May 10-11
Enjoy 100+ tastings from Nebraska wineries, breweries and distilleries, as well as live music, food and artisan and craft vendors.
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Take Pride in America Clean-Up

Verdon Lake State Recreation Area

May 4
Help us keep this park beautiful! All hands on deck for Take Pride in America Clean Up day.
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Mother’s Day Weekend

Arbor Lodge State Historical Park

May 11-12
Celebrate the women in your life with a visit to Arbor Lodge Mansion. View special displays of women’s clothing and accessories and a china painting demonstration and enjoy live music.
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Mother’s Day Buffet

Ponca State Park

May 12
Treat your mother to a special day among family and friends with a wonderful meal and musical entertainment.
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Mother’s Day Buffet

Platte River State Park

May 12
Join us for a special Mother’s Day buffet at the Walter Scott Lodge.
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Mother’s Day Buffet

Fort Robinson State Park

May 12
Enjoy a Mother’s Day buffet at historic Fort Robinson State Park! Mothers and children under 12 eat for half price.
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Bill Morris Memorial Fishing Derby

Ponca State Park

May 18
Anglers young and old, come compete in the fishing derby! Prizes will be awarded for the longest bass, bluegill, and trout caught in Ponca State Park’s fishing pond.
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Bird Hike

Smith Falls State Park

May 18
This guided hike will focus on bird identification along the Niobrara River. Bring a camera or binoculars for nature observations!
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Feeder Fun

Pawnee State Recreation Area

May 18
Enjoy time on the trails with friends and family while viewing and discovering more about Nebraska’s migratory birds.
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Kids’ Fishing Derby

Fort Robinson State Park

May 18
Join us for a Kids’ Fishing Derby, hamburger barbeque, and free jeep rides and horse drawn carriage tours!
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Wildlife & Bird Identification

Mormon Island State Recreation Area

May 18
Join us for a bird hike, wildflower walk, kids crafts and much more during this day-long celebration.
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Free Family Fish Day

Ash Hollow State Historical Park

May 18
Join us on Free Park and Fish Day for fun fishing activities and a hot dog feed.
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Fly with the Birds

Medicine Creek State Recreation Area

May 18
Soar with the birds at Medicine Creek State Recreation Area! We will have kite flying and be making gourd bird houses for our feathered friends.
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Wildlands Day & Free Park Entry

Wildcat Hills State Recreation Area

May 18
We’ll be using feathers, skulls, tracks, bones, books and other materials for a fun and educational workshop on wildlife and bird identification. Great for kids!
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Youth Fishing Clinic

Platte River State Park

May 18
This free fishing clinic is a fun way for kids to spend the day!
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Take Aim at Summer

Platte River State Park

May 24
Relax with a fun evening of archery and shooting sports at this beautiful park.
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Vintage Flag Collection at Arbor Lodge Mansion

Arbor Lodge State Historical Park

May 24-27
Join us Memorial Day Weekend for a special display featuring vintage American flags of the Arbor Lodge collection, among other activities.
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Early-Bird Bird Watching

Niobrara State Park

May 25
Birdwatchers of all ages and experience levels can enjoy this viewing experience.
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Migratory Bird Day

Indian Cave State Park

May 25
Come celebrate with us at Indian Cave on a day that’s for the birds.
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George Drouillard: Hunter, Interpreter and Sign-Talker for Lewis & Clark

Niobrara State Park

May 25
Using a full expedition costume and voyageur accent, combined with history and acting ability, Darrel Draper portrays the life of Lewis and Clark’s most valuable expedition member.
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Sidewalk Chalk Art with Bird Program

Niobrara State Park

May 26
At this event, kids can enjoy both education and chalk-drawing fun.
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