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Game and Parks launches Discovery Adventure

Game and Parks launches Discovery Adventure

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Nebraska Game and Parks

LINCOLN, Neb. — The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission has launched an outdoor discovery adventure at its Venture Parks system, a network of four parks nestled in the Platte River Valley between Omaha and Lincoln.

This adventure was designed to take participants to all four parks — Eugene T. Mahoney and Platte River state parks and Louisville and Schramm Park state recreation areas — to discover six of their unique gems and find the answers to clues revealed in the app. 

Participants will need to download the Geocaching Adventure Lab mobile app to access coordinates to the six parks’ gems. Users should search for Nebraska Game and Parks: Venture Parks Adventure or use the QR code found here: labs.geocaching.com/goto/NGPCVentureAdventure.

The adventure can be completed in a day, with some extra time to play, such as fish, hike or explore outside. A low to moderate amount of walking is required to complete the course. A park entry pass is required for vehicles entering the parks and can be purchased online at OutdoorNebraska.org.

Families and friends deciding to make a weekend out of it can plan an overnight stay at one of the Venture Parks’ campgrounds or cabins. Find your park at OutdoorNebraska.gov/explore.

For more information, contact Kelly Ekue, outdoor education specialist at Schramm Education Center, at kelly.ekue@nebraska.gov.

Women's outdoor subscription boxes offered through pilot program

A pilot program is providing Nebraska women the opportunity to purchase subscription boxes designed to help them develop and expand their outdoor skills.

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission; Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism; and Iowa Department of Natural Resources have joined Becoming an Outdoors-Woman and Women in the Outdoors in creating this opportunity.

Each subscription box, which will include gear, educational resources, field guides and more, can be purchased for $50. No long-term commitment is required. Participants pay only for the boxes they want to receive.

Box themes will change seasonally. The first box, for September, will highlight pheasant hunting. It will contain game shears, a fillet knife, blaze orange hat, shotgun cleaning kit and pheasant recipes. The items will be accompanied by a learning objective. Subscribers will have access to online webinars that teach skills using the tools in the box. Each quarter, a box will feature a new outdoor skill to learn.

Orders for the September box are being accepted through Aug. 14 at sgooutdoors.com. The October box will feature birding. Future boxes will highlight outdoor cooking, pollinators and fishing.

“We hope the purchase of these boxes will result in ladies learning a new outdoor skill, even if we can’t get together for formal in-person events because of COVID-19,” said Julia Plugge, Game and Parks outdoor education specialist. “Down the road, we hope these subscribers will purchase licenses, join outdoor-related organizations and attend events when the conditions are appropriate.”

For more information, contact Plugge at julia.plugge@nebraska.gov or 402-471-6009

Registration open for virtual hunting, fishing R3 summit

The 2020 Hunting and Fishing R3 Summit is going virtual this year, streaming live over Zoom from 10 a.m. to noon CST Aug. 5.

Register at OutdoorNebraska.org/r3summit on or before Aug. 2 to receive the virtual meeting Zoom link via email. Those unable to attend will be able to watch a recording of the summit online at a later date.

“We hope this adjustment will allow more people and organizations to tune in live,” said Jeff Rawlinson, outdoor education manager with the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. “This year’s agenda represents an exciting discussion of opportunities for moving hunter and angler recruitment, retention and reactivation forward in Nebraska, with the result of more people supporting our communities and enjoying quality outdoor recreation across Nebraska.”

Presentations will focus on building new audiences of committed outdoor recreationists, as well as on growing mentorship.

Join the Nebraska Hunting and Fishing R3 Partners group on Facebook for meeting updates and future collaboration opportunities.

Partners for the virtual event include the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, Ducks Unlimited, Pheasants Forever, Quail Forever, the Big Game Conservation Association, and the National Wild Turkey Federation.

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