From the Nebraska Game and Parks Division
-- Circle May 16 on the calendar—that’s the date of the Nebraska Outdoor Expo in Kearney.
Nebraskans of all ages, interests and experience levels are invited to this free event to take advantage of the opportunity to learn new outdoor skills or revisit some old ones. The skills learned could lead to a lifelong love of the outdoors and the start of family traditions. A variety of interactive activities is sure to educate and entertain the entire family.
New to the third annual Nebraska Outdoor Expo is the setting. The Expo will take place at Fort Kearny State Recreation Area (SRA), just southeast of Kearney on the south side of the Platte River. The SRA's eight lakes will offer on-the-water experiences for anyone interested in kayaking, dog training and fishing.
Other Expo activities will include hunting, camping, shooting sports, outdoor cooking, wildlife observations, and Nebraska history reenactments. Demonstrations and seminars by outdoor specialists will enhance the schedule. Local and statewide professionals will share their knowledge.
Entry into a state parkland such as Fort Kearny normally would require a park entry permit for each vehicle. However, May 16 also is Free Fishing and Park Entry Day in Nebraska. No park entry or fishing permit is required on that day only.
An added feature to the Expo this year will be a kick-off event for Nebraska's 2009 Great Park Pursuit outdoor adventure program. The Pursuit was a huge success in its inaugural year in 2008. Like the Expo, the Pursuit encourages families to spend time outdoors and take advantage of the state's natural resources.
For more information on the Nebraska Outdoor Expo, go to nebraskaoutdoorsexpo.org.