Nebraska’s Outdoor Family Event Trailers
Organizing a nature & outdoor festival has never
been so easy!
About the Trailers
The intent of the Outdoor Families Event Trailer is to provide a turn-key ready trailer filled with 17 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 17 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, Scottsbluff, 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 Outdoor Families Event Trailer Brochure.
Why get outside? Why check-out the trailer?
Whether its hunting, fishing, bird watching, or GeoCaching 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 Outdoors Families Event 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!
(click on an activity title to view the Activity Direction Sheet)
Participants learn the basics of air rifles and gun safety, then try using an air rifle to shoot a target.
Bean Bag Toss
Participants practice their aiming skills using bean bags and a wildlife-related target.
Participants learn about plant pollination and the importance of bee’s in pollinating the food supply.
Binoculars & Bird Watching
Participants learn how to use binoculars, then go out into the field to look for Nebraska birds.
Participants pretend to be birds looking for worms or caterpillars (tri-colored pasta).
Participants learn the basics of casting, knot tying, and fish identification.
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.
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.
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.
Recycled Bird Feeder
Kids make a bird feeder out of a recycled plastic water or soda bottle.
Participants, individually or in groups, work to find every item on a scavenger hunt.
Tracks, and Fur, and Skulls, Oh My!
Participants learn about mammals of Nebraska through their skulls, pelts, and track replicas.
Participants investigate the different kinds of turkey calls and practice using each.
Participants go on a hike along a specific path looking for objects which are not part of nature (objects are placed before hand).
What is Wild?
Participants determine which animals are considered wild and which are domesticated... or, both!
Participants make a book then fill it with track stamps of Nebraska wildlife species.
EACH ACTIVITY CONTAINS MOST OF THE NEEDED SUPPLIES. SOME SUPPLIES WILL
BE THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE GROUP CHECKING-OUT THE TRAILER.
How to check-out a Trailer
1. Visit nebraskaoutdoortrailer.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:
Nebraska Game & Parks Commission
2201 N. 13th Street
Norfolk, NE 68701-2267
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!
Event Registration Form
This is the form you need to fill-out to reserve the trailer.
Volunteer Registration Form
This form will help you recruit volunteers and plan your event.
Participant Evaluation Form
This form is for participants at your event to fill-out in order for you to evaluate your event.
Group Evaluation Form
This form is for you or your group to fill out following your use of the Outdoor Families Event Trailer. Once completed, please return to Lindsay Rogers, Nebraska Game & Parks Commission, 2200 N. 33rd Street, Lincoln, NE 68503. Your evaluation of the trailers helps us make the Trailers meet your needs.
Outdoor Families Event Trailer Brochure
For more information, or to determine if a Trailer is available for your event date, please contact:
Nebraska Game & Parks Commission
The Outdoor Families Event Trailers were created through a partnership between Nebraska Game & Parks Commission, Nebraska Pheasants Forever, and Nebraska Quail Forever with support from the following groups:
- Ellerbrock-Norris Insurance
- ATC Communications
- Great Plains Communications
- Hunt Nebraska, Inc.
- Nebraska Pork Producers
- Foundation for North American Wild Sheep, Iowa Chapter
- Dedicated Hunters Across Nebraska