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Outdoor Skills is the ultimate after school program designed to introduce youth to diverse outdoor recreational opportunities through interactive hands-on, skill based activities. The program was developed collaboratively by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission and University of Nebraska Extension division. County Extension staff and volunteers are teaching the skills during afterschool programs and during summer workshops. Life-long outdoor skills, friendships and confidence are developed through the fun games, projects and activities.

What skills will students gain?

Students will learn about wildlife identification, birding, hiking, turkey hunting, outdoor safety, fishing, geocaching and much more. At the same they will develop problem solving techniques, make new friends, and discover the confidence to participate in outdoor activities.


Lessons are divided by grade levels. Each lesson includes equipment kits for hands-on learning. As students progress through the program, they learn more technical outdoor skills. The program allows youth to challenge themselves, accomplish new goals, and gain a deeper appreciation of the great outdoors. This program puts life-long skills in the hands of Nebraska's youth.


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How can my child get involved?



Any student interested in learning more about Nebraska wildlife and outdoor recreation is welcome.

You do not need to be a 4-H member to participate. Contact your local County Extension office or Julia Plugge at the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission (402) 471-6009 to see if the program is offered in your area.

Want to offer the After School Outdoor Skills program in your county?

Our goal is provide the After School Outdoor Skills Program in all Nebraska counties. To find out how to offer the program in your county:

To Become and Instructor:

1. Contact the administrators listed below

2. Attend Instructor Training

How to Reserve a Education Kit

Check availability on our calendar.
Contact Julia Plugge to add your name to the calendar.
Julia Plugge
Nebraska Game and Parks Commission
(402) 471-6009
Tammy Stuhr
University of Nebraska -Lincoln
(402) 643-1330
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