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Rent a State Park Cabin on WOWT 6 Outdoors

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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 »

Panhandle Passages: Christmastime at Fort Robinson

A lighted version of the park's iconic stagecoach adorns the grounds. (NEBRASKAland/Justin Haag)

It usually takes some prodding to get me into the holiday spirit. I’m much more inclined to get excited about the arrival of ice for fishing this time of year than the coming of Santa Claus and his reindeer. Thanks to one event this season, though, I moved the needle a little closer to the “St. Nicked” side of the holiday excitement meter from its position at “Scrooged.” My wife and I attended Fort Robinson State Park’s annual Christmas dinner ... Read More »

Christmas Bird Count at Ponca State Park

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Join Ponca State Park for the Annual Christmas Bird Count on Sunday, December 14. Experienced and novice birders, nature enthusiasts, and families are invited to participate in this 115-year-old tradition sponsored by the National Audubon Society. Guests are advised to dress accordingly and to bring their binoculars and bird books. The event will begin at 7:30 a.m. in the Missouri National Recreational River Resource and Education Center. A chili feed will be offered at noon amid counting. This event is ... Read More »

Snowman Building Contest at Ponca State Park

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The 1st Annual Snowman Building Contest at Ponca State Park started Saturday, November 29th with extremely challenging conditions. With highs in the 60s snow was scarce. However, Lee Brogie and her granddaughter Hazel took on the challenge. They found 2 patches of snow between the new playground and the East shelter and were able to construct this 8-inch snowman with a twig nose and a leaf hat. Entries for the Snowman Building Contest will be accepted thru March 19 ( ... Read More »

Christmas in the Woods at Ponca State Park

Ponca State Park will be offering free Christmas family photos on November 29.

Celebrate Thanksgiving weekend at Ponca State Park this Saturday, November 29. With Christmas just around the corner, warm up your cookie decorating skills and get a head start on holiday crafts such as homemade ornaments and greeting cards. The day will conclude with free family photos and lighted hayrack rides. All activities will meet at the Resource and Education Center. All ages welcome. Start your Christmas Day countdown by making your own natural chalkboard at 9 a.m. Participants must preregister ... Read More »

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 »

Monowi: The Village of One

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People have come from all over the world to drink coffee with Elsie Eiler in Monowi, Nebraska. Not only does she own and operate the only business in the village —working six days a week as a cook and bartender at the local tavern — the great-grandmother also serves as mayor, village board president, librarian and local historian. Why does she do it? As the lone resident in the nation’s smallest incorporated village, she is the only one who can. ... Read More »

Winter Counts

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Before Plains Indian tribes developed the complete written form of their languages, oral tradition was used extensively to preserve tribal histories. Pictorial accounts painted on bison hides, also known as a “winter count,” include symbols arranged chronologically. Each image marks a single year and depicts a collective, memorable event of the tribe.   For the Lakota people, a year of the winter count measured from first snowfall to first snowfall. Oglala Lakota visionary Nicholas Black Elk referred to his December ... 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 »

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 »