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

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 »

Where to See Wild Geese Up-Close on WOWT 6 Outdoors


Don’t miss my Weekly Outdoor Report tonight on Omaha’s WOWT-TV/Channel 6 when we take you to a state recreation area near the Omaha-metro to show you where you can go to view and photograph wild Canada geese (and perhaps a few wild ducks). You’ll be able to view them up-close from sunrise to about 9:30 a.m. and then from just after 3 p.m. to sunset in the open water and on the ice at a couple of the sandpit lakes on ... Read More »

An Outdoor Challenge for 2015

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Resolutions are popular this time of year, both in their making and breaking. I have a few annual resolutions myself: get organized and spend more time outdoors.  Ok…being as creative as I am about the placement and random storage of needed items, getting organized by the standard definition is a pipe dream.  But I do plan on increasing my time outside. And making it better, too, by measuring it differently this year.  I challenge you to do the same… How ... Read More »

Ask the Conservation Officer on Great Outdoor Radio Show


Nebraska Conservation Officer Rich Berggren of Waterloo takes your outdoor law and regulation questions on my Great Outdoor Radio Show this Saturday (tomorrow) morning, Jan. 3rd, from 9-10 a.m. CST on Omaha’s KOZN Radio/1620 AM “The Zone.” Rich and I will be covering the gamut of Nebraska’s outdoor scene offering pertinent information on hunting, fishing, state parks, wildlife and much, much more. We’ll also offer regulation reminders for 2015. Here are a couple photos of Rich in the field.   You’ll find this program to ... Read More »

Platte River State Park’s Yule Log Quest, Do It!


So, what are you and your family doing this Saturday afternoon? Nothing? Have plans, scrap ‘em. Because, Platte River State Park’s 2nd Annual Yule Log Quest/Fun Winter Activities Day will be happening! The park landscape is beautiful this time of year, perfect for a scavenger hunt of sorts called a Yule log quest! If you’re wondering about the Yule log quest, it is not your traditional run/walk race. Your pre-registered team of 3 to 5 members will be tested mentally ... Read More »

First Day Hike at Ponca State Park

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Ponca State Park is offering a healthy start to your new year with a “First Day Hike”. Guests are welcome to take part in unguided hikes or in a scavenger hunt-style hike. Scavenger hunt forms can be picked up at the Resource and Education Center. At 1:30 p.m., join park naturalists for a guided hike on Bigley’s Ravine Trail. Participants should dress accordingly and bring a water bottle, camera and/or binoculars. At the conclusion of the hike, stop in at ... Read More »

Outdoor Ideas for Last Minute Santas


Ok…we have officially entered that final week of frenzied gift buying.  But fret not as we are prepared to help you out.  Last week on our radio show – Nebraska Outdoors – we talked good gifts for $50 or less that will help get the gift-getter outdoors. So here we go with a few of them… Nebraska Permits & NEland Subscription.  Just as caller Clyde from Lincoln mentioned on the show, these are no-brainers that keep giving for months.  You ... Read More »

Rent a State Park Cabin on WOWT 6 Outdoors


Did you know that cabins and other lodging facilities are available for rental this time of year at five Nebraska state park lands with various discounts and special packages? They sure are! You may even be able to rent one for a night or two over this holiday period with your family! Find out which ones and more about state park lodging by tuning in to my Weekly Outdoor Report this Thursday evening during the 6 p.m. CST sportscast with Ross ... Read More »