Attend These Educational Games and Parks Events in August • Nebraskaland Magazine

Educators from the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission have scheduled interesting and engaging events for the curious in August. Here are some opportunities:

Nature Nerd Night will feature eco-friendly superheroes on August 16

Keystone species are animals that play a major role in the life web of their environment. Often their existence helps support dozens of other species. Examples from Nebraska include prairie dogs, bison, and beavers.

Join the Ecological Superheroes virtual webinar on August 16 and learn how keystone species help living communities thrive. The free event begins at 7 p.m. Central Time.

Registration is required via the event listing on Attendees can submit questions to answer during the webinar when registering. For more information, contact [email protected] or follow the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission or Nebraska Wildlife Education on Facebook.

Those unable to attend can view the recorded webinar on the Nebraska Game and Parks educational YouTube channel. The Nebraska Nature Nerd Night Series takes place on the third Tuesday of every month.

“Science of” virtual webinar series continues in August

Nebraska Game and Parks Commission’s popular “Science of” virtual webinar series continues in August. Topics for the 3 p.m. central time webinars will be Raptors on August 4 and Night Sky Ecology on August 11.

One-hour webinars are free, but separate registration is required for each. See calendar event entries at for registration links. The webinars will be recorded and posted on the Nebraska Game and Parks YouTube educational channel.

Contact [email protected] for more information or check out the events on the Game and Parks Facebook page and the Nebraska Project WILD Facebook page.

Nebraska Nature Nerd Trivia Night scheduled for August 23 in Lincoln

Grab your nature buddies and join the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission hosting the Nebraska Nature Nerd Trivia Night at Code Beer in Lincoln at 7 p.m. on August 23.

Nature is cool, so there’s no shortage of topics the questions could cover. Form your teams of up to five players and get ready to compete for prizes. Registration is not compulsory. This event is for adults only. The event is free with a purchase from the host brewery.

For more information and/or questions, email [email protected]

Kayak Clean Up at Lake Zorinsky scheduled for August 11

Join outdoor educators from the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission in Omaha for Kayak Clean Up at Lake Zorinsky on August 11.

Trash bags and gloves will be provided for anyone interested in helping clean up trash on the water during this night of service and kayaking. A limited number of kayaks will be available for ages 12 and up who have no experience.

Meet at 6:00 p.m. in the parking lot east of 168th Street on the north side of the lake at the Zorinsky Lake trailhead.

The event is free but registration is required. See the calendar event entry on for registration links.

For more information, contact Grace Gaard at [email protected]

Virtual webinar to learn lessons from the COVID-19 pandemic

Evidence shows the many benefits associated with spending time in nature. Join a free virtual webinar on August 10 that will explore the role of outdoor activities in improving youth mental wellbeing during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dr. Brent Jackson, a professor at Florida Gulf Coast University, will present at 12:30 p.m. Central Time.

This webinar is part of the Lunch & Learn series on conservation education. This series delves into the science behind educational efforts and practices by learning from experts on a variety of scientific and educational topics.

To register or get more information about the series, see the calendar event entry at

Try Birding by Kayak at Oliver Reservoir on August 20

Join the Bird Conservancy of the Rockies to gain a new perspective on birds – from the water. During the Birding by Kayak event at 9:30 am on August 20, paddlers/birders will learn about the incredible birds that visit Oliver Reservoir near Kimball.

This free event will begin with an introduction to kayaking. Paddlers must be at least 10 years old. Kayaks, life jackets and binoculars will be provided.

Registration is required by August 15 and is limited to eight people. To register, go to Facebook and search for Birding By Kayak – Oliver Reservoir.

For more information, contact Delanie Bruce at [email protected]

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