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Author Archives: Jenny Nguyen, Regional Editor/PIO

NEBRASKAland Regional Editor Jenny Nguyen was born in Nha Trang, Vietnam and moved to the United States with her parents in 1992. She graduated from Bolsa Grande High School in Garden Grove, California in 2008 and completed her Bachelor’s at UCLA in 2012. Nguyen was Editor-In-Chief for her high school newspaper and continued to write in college, freelancing for various publications, the Tiger Woods Foundation and writing for her blog FoodForHunters.com. After graduating college, she moved to Nebraska in early 2013 to join the Commission as Regional Editor at NEBRASKAland Magazine. Nguyen enjoys hiking, camping, horseback riding, hunting, fishing and cooking. She is happiest learning and experiencing new things, and looks forward to exploring her new home in Nebraska.

Photography and Scrapbooking at Ponca State Park

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Visit Ponca State Park on Saturday, November 22 for a natural science lesson on turtles, tortoises and the Missouri River. Bring your camera to learn about nature photography, and then make a scrapbook to share all your memories. Meet at the Resource and Education Center for all programs. All ages are welcome. At 10 a.m., meet the park’s resident turtles and tortoises and learn the differences between the two species. Bring your own camera to learn how to properly take ... Read More »

Fall Activities at Ponca State Park

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Celebrate the fall season on Saturday, November 15 at Ponca State Park. Enjoy crafts such as painting and building your own twig vase, while learning about natural science. All activities will take place in the Resource and Education Center. Meet at 10 a.m. for Q-tip painting. Learn why the leaves change color and fall as you paint your own autumn treescape. All ages welcome at $1/craft. Then discover the different kinds of trees around the park as you make your ... Read More »

Garlic Mustard on Basswood Ridge WMA

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The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is planning a prescribed burn to improve wildlife habitat on Basswood Ridge Wildlife Management Area near Homer, Neb. on Thursday, November 6. Approximately 150 acres of this site will be burned to reduce the presence of undesirable plants. Area users should expect the prescribed burn to start in the late morning and last the remainder of the day. This prescribed fire is expected to be a low intensity burn, primarily consuming leaf litter and ... Read More »

Fall Crafts at Ponca State Park

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Come celebrate the beginning of the holiday season on Saturday, November 8 at Ponca State Park. The entire family can make pinecone owl ornaments, fall wreaths and then test their archery skills at the Eric Wiebe Shooting Complex. Meet at the Resource and Education center at 10 a.m. to learn about the owls of Ponca State Park while making your own owl craft to display at home for the fall season. All ages are welcome at $2 per craft. Then ... Read More »

Ponca State Park’s Hallowfest Proceeds Go Back to Community

Ponca State Park’s 16th Annual Hallowfest enjoyed beautiful fall weather this past Saturday, October 18. Crafts and activities were enjoyed by children and adults of all ages. The park’s main attraction, Haunted Hayrack rides, pulled in over 900 guests. Proceeds from the rides were given back to the surrounding communities through: Ponca Fire and Rescue, Allen Consolidated School’s Junior Class, Ponca High School’s “One Act” group, and the Ponca Honor Society. The event’s famous pumpkin rolling contest had three age ... Read More »

Soldiers Point the Way at Fort Atkinson SHP

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By Julie Ashton, Friends of Fort Atkinson If you have driven into Fort Calhoun lately, you’ll notice a few new soldiers standing on the north and south sides of town. These soldiers, made of iron and painted to look 3-dimensional, are part of an effort to bring additional recognition to Fort Atkinson State Historical Park and help brand the area as a “fort” town. A plan was laid out that would involve the Commission, the Fort, the City of Fort ... Read More »

$5 Youth Permits for Deer and Turkey

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If a child is not exposed to hunting in his childhood, he or she most likely won’t pursue it as an adult. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission aims to making hunting affordable to any youth interested in hunting through its innovative $5 youth permit program. For just $5, hunters ages 15 and under can buy a turkey or deer permit in Nebraska — regardless of residency. Furthermore, hunters age 11 and younger are not required to complete firearm/bow hunter ... Read More »

Final Living History Weekend at Fort Atkinson SHP

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Fort Atkinson State Historical Park’s final Living History event of the 2014 season will be held October 4 and 5. Visitors will witness this 1820’s Military Post come alive as volunteer interpreters portray the daily activities of soldiers and civilians as they prepare for the upcoming winter. In addition to normal activities portrayed, such as military demonstrations, blacksmithing, tinsmithing, coopering, carpentry and textile trades, Omaha’s Old Dominion Dance group will present three period-style dances on Saturday, and on Sunday, Matt ... Read More »

Fox Hunting in the Sandhills

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Bob Grier wrote a story called Horses and Hounds in the 1994 April issue of NEBRASKAland Magazine. Twenty years later, I’m revisiting the same subject, except this time, I will be telling the story and photographing from horseback. My story on Nebraska fox hunting is still a work in progress, but since our bloggers here love to write about themselves, I guess this is a perfect opportunity for me to do the same. If there is one thing I love ... Read More »