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Marsh Madness 2015 at Ponca State Park

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March is Nebraska’s peak month for viewing waterfowl. Don’t miss the opportunity to celebrate the migration at Ponca State Park through bird viewing tours, nature hikes, bird-related activities and crafts every Saturday in March. Park lodging will be offered at 30% discount. Ponca State Park is listed as an Important Bird Area in Nebraska by the National Audubon Society, and Nebraska wetlands, including those along the Missouri River, may experience more than 500,000 ducks and geese this month. More than ... Read More »

Six Cures for (Late-Winter) Cabin Fever


Brrrr! It’s been so cold outside! Temperatures have been running far below normal as evidenced this past week by the large thermometer I have in our backyard. Off and on, I continue to suffer from cabin fever! How about you? From my vantage point in eastern Nebraska, we’re kind of in between seasons in the state’s outdoor scene, too. As a sportsman, I am anxiously awaiting the arrival of snow and Ross’s geese for light goose conservation order hunting here in eastern Nebraska and open water fishing for various ... Read More »

Late-Winter Fun at Mahoney on WOWT 6 Outdoors


I’ll be covering some late-winter fun that you and your family can have at Mahoney State Park near Ashland, NE on my outdoors-related television segment this week. Find out what activities await you and your family tonight at 6 p.m. CST on The Weekly Outdoor Report which airs LIVE during the sportscast with Ross Jernstrom on Omaha’s WOWT 6 News. Here’s one of them that we’ll be showing you. Even I, Greg Wagner, being a good sport, gave ice skating ... Read More »

Waterfalls in Nebraska? Yes, There Are!


I was talking with folks at the Omaha Boat, Sports and Travel Show this past week who had just moved here to Nebraska from Colorado and they just couldn’t believe that this state (our state) has any waterfalls in it whatsoever. Whoa, folks, not so fast. We do have waterfalls in the Cornhusker State and some really cool ones at that! Look at the stair step falls along the Niobrara River near Valentine, NE. So, new friends and Nebraska residents, this blog post is for you! Enjoy catching a glimpse ... Read More »

It’s Sports Show Time in Omaha!


It’s a fun and exciting week for me in the metro as the state’s largest outdoor show, the Omaha Boat, Sports and Travel Show, kicks off tonight (Thursday night) and runs through late Sunday afternoon downtown at the CenturyLink Center. I’ll be showing you a few main features of the sports show this evening at 6 p.m. CST on my Weekly Outdoor Report which airs LIVE on Omaha’s WOWT 6 News during the sportscast with Ross Jernstrom. If you’re unable ... Read More »

Great Turnout at Ponca Women’s Wellness Weekend

The 1st Annual Women’s Wellness Weekend held at Ponca State Park on January 16-18 saw a tremendous turnout of 75 participants. The event featured a variety of seminars related to women’s wellness including exercise, nutrition, holistic health, and outdoor recreation. Guests participated in exercise sessions such as Zumba, Nia, yoga, and Pilates; wellness sessions included art therapy, acupuncture, aromatherapy, herbs, and meditation; and outdoor activities such as Dutch oven cooking, birding and hiking. Additional activities included Friday and Saturday night ... Read More »

Let’s Go Sledding on the WOWT 6 Outdoor Report!


We have snow! So we’re gonna take you sledding on this week’s WOWT 6 News Outdoor Report! Recognize this sled run? That’s right, we’re heading to Mahoney State Park at I-80 Exit #426 near Ashland, NE for some winter outdoor fun! Find out more details about the sled/toboggan runs at the park by tuning in Thursday night during the sports segment with Ross Jernstrom and I LIVE on the WOWT 6 News 6 p.m. CST newscast. Here’s a sample of what it’s like to zip down the run ... Read More »

Christy Christiansen on Great Outdoor Radio Show


Quick note to invite you to join Christy Christiansen, accomplished outdoor enthusiast and Nebraska Game and Parks Commission Outdoor Education Specialist, when she visits my Saturday morning Great Outdoor Radio Show. You’ll find Christy, who is primarily based at Platte River State Park, to be very informative! She’ll be letting you know you of various opportunities where you and your family can learn new outdoor skills such as Dutch oven cooking. In fact, she just put together a how-to video presentation about that. Take a look. ... Read More »

Scenic Mid-Winter Family Getaway On WOWT 6 Outdoors


I’ll be featuring a scenic, neat mid-winter family getaway on my Weekly TV Outdoor Report airing on Omaha’s WOWT 6 News. We’ll be heading just over two hours north of the metro area to this scenic destination. Nature is the main theme at this premiere Nebraska state park land. Figured out where we’re going yet? How about another photographic hint? See some cool video and find out more about this beautiful state park by tuning in to my outdoor segment which airs LIVE tonight (Thursday, Jan. ... Read More »

Big Equipment, Big Projects at Chadron State Park

A track hoe operated by Rich Halverson loads a dump truck with soil excavated from the pond at Chadron State Park. The pond will be as deep as 14 feet after its renovation. (NEBRASKAland/Justin Haag)

Chadron State Park is visited by multitudes of big RVs and pull-type campers in the summer. It is getting a good share of its winter traffic this season from other types of big vehicles. They include a Caterpillar track hoe, six-wheeled dump trucks, a Timbco tree feller and a skidder. The big vehicles have been contracted by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission to renovate the park’s pond and thin trees. The separate projects are expected to be substantially complete ... Read More »