Check out these educational events about games and parks in November

Educators from the Nebraska Park and Game Commission have scheduled exciting and engaging events for the curious in November. Here are some opportunities:

Little Saplings Early Childhood Program Presents Look at Leaves

Adults looking to explore the great outdoors with their young children are invited to Little Saplings, a monthly early childhood nature discovery program at the Schramm Education Center near Gretna.

The series, which continues on November 2 with the Look at the Leaves theme, is at 9 am on the first Wednesday of every month, through December. It is designed for children ages 2-5 and their adult caregiver.

See the calendar event entry at for more information.

Homeschool Hike scheduled for November 16 at Schramm Park SRA

Homeschooling families are invited to join an outdoor educator on a guided hike at Schramm Park State Recreation Area near Gretna during the Homeschool Hikes program on November 16.

This nature exploration program designed for homeschooling families takes place at 9 am on the third Wednesday of every month, through December. As an educator leads the walk, participants ask questions, draw, observe, and make discoveries in nature.

Visit the event listing at for more information and to register.

Nebraska Nature Nerd Trivia Night scheduled for November 9

Join the Nebraska Park and Game Commission as they host Nerd Nature Nerd Trivia Night at Cosmic Eye Brewing in Lincoln on November 9th.

Cosmic Eye, located at 6800 P St., Ste. 300, will host the event, which will focus on invasive species, exotic animals and animals rampant in Nebraska, at 7 p.m.

Form teams of no more than five players and get ready to compete for prizes. These events are for adults only and are free to attend with a purchase from the brewery.

For more information or questions, email [email protected].

‘The Science of…’ Virtual Webinar Series Continues

The Nebraska Park and Game Commission’s virtual webinar series “The Science of…” continues in November. Every Thursday at 3 pm Central Time, Game and Parks educators will talk about the science behind common things related to nature and animals. Topics are: November 3 – Insect Antennae; November 10: catfish.

The webinars are free, but separate registration is required for each. Check the calendar event entries at for registration links.

Contact [email protected] for more information.

Nature Nerd Night will present carnivores on November 15

At the Nebraska Nature Nerd Night Carnivore Ecology virtual webinar, outdoor educators will explore how carnivores have shaped our world prehistorically and today here in Nebraska. The free event begins at 7 pm Central Time on November 15.

Registration is required through the event listing at Participants can also submit questions to be answered during the webinar while registering.

For more information, contact [email protected] or follow the Nebraska Parks and Game Commission or Nebraska Wildlife Education on Facebook.

Wildcat Hills will host Turkey Talk home education program

Discover the unique characteristics of turkeys and how they communicate with each other during the Wildcat Hills Homeschool Turkey Talk on November 10 at Wildcat Hills State Recreation Area.

This program meets once a month at 10 am Mountain Time at the Wildcat Hills Nature Center.

The program is free, but a car park entry permit is required. For more information, contact the Nature Center at 308-436-3777. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Wildcat Tales Preschool is November 15th.

Wildcat Hills State Recreation Area will host the Wildcat Tales monthly preschool program on November 15.

The Web Walkers program, which will explore spiders, will meet at the Nature Center at 10 am Mountain Time. There will be a lesson plan, a story, and a hands-on activity specifically geared toward children ages 2-6.

The program is free, but a car park entry permit is required. For more information, contact the Nature Center at 308-436-3777. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Family Nights in the Wild scheduled for November 8 and 22

Bring the family and enjoy an unstructured outdoor exploration on November 8 and 22 at the Outdoor Classroom, located at the Nebraska Park and Game Commission Northeast District Office in Norfolk.

This free program is for all ages. It will be from 6-8 pm both nights in the Outdoor Classroom, 2201 N. 13th St. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Visit event listings at for more information and to register.

Webinar to discuss historical and cultural interpretation

Join a free webinar discussion panel on cultural and historical interpretation at 12:30 pm Central Time on November 9.

Hear from professional cultural and historical interpreters representing state, federal, and community interpretation sites in Nebraska about successful methods used in interpreting cultural and historical resources in Nebraska.

Visit the event listing at to register and learn more.

Missouri River Basin Educator Workshop Topic

Educators are invited to Ponca State Park to Discover a Watershed: The Missouri.

This workshop for formal and informal educators at 10 am on November 19 will explore how to engage students in this watershed. Instructors will take a closer look at how environmental conservation and management strategies can be used to address the complex issues facing the Missouri Basin.

This workshop includes an educator’s guide, with 36 activities covering Missouri Basin hydrology, geology, cities, agriculture, recreation, plant and animal species, stewardship and more.

This is a free workshop (a park entry permit is required), but registration is required. Visit the event listing at to register or for more information.

Veterans Appreciation Day in Platte River SP on November 12

Platte River State Park will host Veterans Appreciation Day on November 12. The first 50 visitors with a military ID will receive a token for a free shooting activity at the Roger G. Sykes Outdoor Heritage Complex from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Instructors will be available for trap shooting, .22 rifles, pellet guns, archery, tomahawks, and slingshots. There will also be naturalists at the event with outdoor learning activities.

See a list of more educational events at Nebraska Venture Parks at