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Outdoor Files: Missouri River Outdoor Expo

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Good morning. You know what I consider to be good proof of an event’s popularity. The fact that last year, the Missouri River Outdoor Expo drew an attendance of 45 thousand.

This is the 13th year for the Expo at Ponca State Park. This wooded paradise sits along the Missouri River in northeast Nebraska. The Expo is this Saturday and Sunday from 9-5. Expect 90 hands on activities showcasing outdoor education, displays and various activities. More than just shooting, archery or fishing. You can touch, handle wildlife. Kayak. Take a boating tour of the river. Sample dutch oven cooking. Climb the rock wall and go through a rope course. Presentations like dock dogs and lumberjacks return. Bird banding. Burger eating contest. Kids cooking competition. A complete list of activities and events can be seen online at MissouriRiverExpo.com Plan to make this fun little weekend road trip. Other than needing a daily or annual park pass, the event is free.

It’s that time of year again when Game and Parks considers proposals that will enhance wildlife watching opportunities. Upwards to three thousand dollars are available for each grant awarded. Individuals, governmental, profit and non-profit entities…all are eligible to submit project proposals. Learn more about this process and project examples online at WatchWildlifeNE.org Proposals are due December 1rst.

Nebraska Game and Parks officials ask that visitors to Nebraska’s state parks and recreation areas refrain from hiding painted rocks so others may find and re-hide them. Hiding painted rocks is becoming more common across the United States and they distract from natural beauty. Additionally, the practice violates a state park regulation that prohibits guests from removing, defacing or disturbing elements of a state park’s natural landscape.

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