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Nebraska  Outdoor Trailers

Organizing a nature & outdoor festival has never
been so easy!


jAbout the Trailers

The intent of the Nebraska Outdoor Trailer is to provide a turn-key ready trailer filled with 13 activities to host a 1-day event. The goal is to engage Nebraska's youth and families in nature and outdoor activities.

Groups, such as, Pheasants Forever Chapters, Boy/Girl Scout Troops, churches, youth groups or schools are welcome to check-out the trailer. 

Most supplies for each of the 13 activities are provided with the trailer (a few consumable items will need to be purchased by the group using the trailer).


There is no fee for using the trailer!

There are three trailers located throughout Nebraska – Norfolk, North Platte, and Lincoln. Every effort is made to reserve the trailer closest to your event. If the closest trailer is already reserved for your event date, you are welcome to use another trailer if available.

Please be advised, the group checking-out the trailer is responsible for both pick-up and return of the trailer.

Please contact us if you have any questions about the trailer and how to use them at your event. Download the Nebraska Outdoor Trailer Brochure.


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Why get outside?

Why check-out the trailer?


Whether its hunting, fishing, bird watching, or Geo-Caching both children and adults need time outside. Research proves that people who spend time in nature experience less stress and fewer health issues. Additionally, by being allowed to explore and spend time outside, children develop a strong self-confidence, better critical thinking skills, and an ability to creatively solve problems.

And yet, many children, adults, and families are not spending time outdoors. The reasons for this are varied, but include a lack of knowledge about outdoor activities, how to participate in these activities, and where to go to become active in the outdoors.

The Nebraska Outdoor Trailer is designed to expose families to a wide variety of outdoor activities and to give families the knowledge and skills needed to participate in these activities. Check-out the trailer and get outside today!


Trailer Activities


(click on an activity title to view the Activity Direction Sheet)

  • Air Soft Guns
    Participants learn the basics of air soft gun and gun safety, then try using an actual rifle to shoot a target.

  • CSI (Critter Scene Investigations)
    Participants learn about animal tracking and engage in a series of "who done it" scenes to determine what animals are involved and what happened.

  • Bean Bag Toss
    Participants practice their aiming skills using bean bags and a wildlife-related target.

  • Fish Printing
    Participants partake in a Japanese art known as Gyotaku or fish printing. Traditionally done with real fish, this activity will use rubber fish

  • GPS & Geocaching
    Participants learn the basics of GPS and Geocaching, then try to find pre-hidden caches using GPS units.

  • Casting
    Participants learn the basics of casting, knot tying, and fish identification.

  • Mudball Planting
    Kids make a mud ball filled with prairie seeds to take home and plant.

  • Nebraska Wildlife Jeopardy
    Participants take part in a Jeopardy-style game about Nebraska's mammal, amphibian, bird, fish, and reptile species.

  • Scavenger Hunt
    Participants, individually or in groups, work to find every item on a scavenger hunt.

  • Turkey Calls
    Participants investigate the different kinds of turkey calls and practice using each.

  • Wildlife Tracks
    Participants make a book then fill it with track stamps of Nebraska wildlife species.

 

*EACH ACTIVITY CONTAINS MOST OF THE NEEDED SUPPLIES.  SOME SUPPLIES WILLBE THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE GROUP CHECKING-OUT THE TRAILER.


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How to check-out
a Trailer



 

1. Visit nebraskaoutdoortrailers.org to learn more about the trailers, their activities, and how to organize an event. Call to see if the trailer is available on your desired dates.

2. Download a registration form at nebraskaoutdoortrailers.org.

3. Send registration form to:
Monica Keep,
Nebraska Game & Parks Commission
2200 N. 33rd St.
Lincoln, NE 68503
Your reservation is not official until we receive your registration form!

4. Gather volunteers to run each activity. Most stations require 1-3 volunteers (see specific Activity Direction Sheet for more information). Purchase supplies required for some activities.

5. Advertise your event in local newspapers, radio shows, and TV.

6. As the day of your event approaches, make arrangements to pick-up the trailer.

7. Enjoy and have fun!

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Contact Us
For more information, or to determine if a trailer is available for your event date, please contact:

Monica Keep
Nebraska Game & Parks Commission
monica.keep@nebraska.gov
(402) 471-5363

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