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Park related articles and blogs from the staff of the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission.

Arbor Lodge, Apples on WOWT 6 Outdoors


In conjunction with the apple harvest in the Nebraska City, NE area, I’ll be encouraging you and your family to visit beautiful Arbor Lodge State Historical Park in Nebraska City on this week’s WOWT 6 News Weekly Outdoor Report. Have you ever been there and toured the mansion and the grounds? Gorgeous place! There’s a bountiful crop of apples this year at Arbor Day Farm and the other orchards in the area, too! Thanks to the efforts of our partner, the ... Read More »

Sausage King, Wild Game Processor on Radio Show


Don’t miss “Omaha’s Sausage King” and longtime butcher, Ken Stoysich of Stoysich House of Sausage, when he returns to my Great Outdoor Radio Show Saturday morning to answer your questions about wild game/fish processing, smoking and cooking. Ken will also touch on the Hunters Helping the Hungry program and offer some great hints on grilling meats at your football tailgate parties.  Here’s Ken hard at work making  sausage! The Great Outdoor Radio Show I host airs LIVE from 9-10 a.m. ... Read More »

Wildcat Hills Nature Center Closing for Construction

Wildcat Hills Construction

The Wildcat Hills Nature Center south of Gering is closing for the season today (Friday, Sept. 18) as construction begins on a large addition to the center. Some services will be moved to a different location. Although the center’s displays and merchandise will be put in storage during the construction, permits for hunting, fishing and park entry will be sold at the Wildcat Hills State Recreation Area’s shop two miles south along Nebraska Highway 71. The park, including its campground, ... Read More »

TV Outdoor Report Previews Expo


The massive Missouri River Outdoor Expo at Ponca State Park near Ponca, NE  (happening this weekend of Sept. 19th & 20th) is in the crosshairs for my Weekly TV Outdoor Report airing on Omaha’s WOWT 6 News LIVE this Thursday at 6 p.m CST during the sportscast. Jeff Packer of the WOWT 6 Sports Machine and I are gonna show you why you and your family should attend this grand-scale expo which is one of the largest in the nation and is celebrating its 11th anniversary! There will ... Read More »

Tailgate at State Parks on WOWT 6 Outdoors!


With the football season just underway around Nebraska (high school and college), on my WOWT 6 Outdoors segment I’ll be encouraging you to have or buy a park permit, leave a little early for your game and tailgate in one of our many scenic Nebraska state park lands with the fine facilities that we have. Chances are you’ll have a state park land near your football field or stadium! For those traveling from Omaha to Lincoln via Highway 6 for the ... Read More »

Wildcat Hills Nature Center Expansion Begins

Architectural drawing of expansion. (Courtesy of Studio 120 Architecture)

One of the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission’s premier facilities in the Panhandle is about to become even more impressive. Construction has officially begun on an addition to the Wildcat Hills Nature Center south of Gering. The $2.375 million expansion will add 8,720 square feet to the building, which serves as headquarters for the Commission’s educational programs in the region and the 700-acre Wildcat Hills State Recreation Area. The new construction will more than double the size of the existing ... Read More »

See You on Radio, at Fair


This Saturday will certainly be a busy one but a fun one for me, and I hope you’ll join me at two different places! First, Conservation Officer Rich Berggren of Waterloo, NE and I take our conversation from the field to the metro area’s only outdoor talk radio show of which I host — The Great Outdoor Radio Show. Rich and I will cover regulation reminders, helpful outdoor tips, safety considerations and more for this holiday weekend that finds you doing a myriad of activities in Nebraska’s great outdoor ... Read More »

Danish Alps on TV


Get an update and see fresh, new video of the recently opened Danish Alps/Kramper Lake State Recreation Area near Hubbard, NE on this week’s WOWT 6 News TV outdoor report. It’s a gem! Check out these great photos of the area from Jenny Nguyen and Jerry Kane of Game and Parks. The neat video you will see comes courtesy of Game and Parks’ Ralph Wall. Don’t miss this week’s outdoor report which airs LIVE on Omaha’s WOWT 6 News Thursday at ... Read More »

Nice Getaway on WOWT 6 Outdoors


On this week’s WOWT 6 Weekly Outdoor Report, we’re highlighting a nice late summer or Labor Day weekend getaway for you and your family. It’s one of Nebraska’s scenic state parks. Look at the Game and Parks photo below, recognize it with the cabins? It’s a wonderful outdoor atmosphere with a lot to experience. We’re heading to Niobrara State Park in northeastern Nebraska! Find out more information about it on my Weekly Outdoor Report that airs LIVE on Omaha’s WOWT 6 News ... Read More »

Hubbard Community Celebrates Danish Alps SRA

Thank you to all who attended the grand opening at Danish Alps State Recreation Area (SRA) at the beginning of August. For those who missed it, there’s plenty of summer left to visit this new SRA. Whether you RV, tent or horse camp, Danish Alps offers many amenities, including full hookups for RV campers, an equestrian camping area with electricity, plenty of tent camping sites, ADA cement pads, picnic tables, fire rings and showers. Kramper Lake has been stocked with ... Read More »