Calendar of Events

Mar
30
Thu
5:00 pm Take A Walk In The Park Day
Take A Walk In The Park Day
Mar 30 @ 5:00 pm
Take a Walk in the Park Day Help celebrate national “Take a Walk in the Park Day” out at the Lake Ogallala Hike/Bike Trail Thursday, March 30th at 5:00 pm.  Bring your family and friends out for[...]
Mar
31
Fri
7:00 pm Ash Hollow Star Party
Ash Hollow Star Party
Mar 31 @ 7:00 pm
The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will be hosting a “Star Party” at Ash Hollow State Historical Park on Friday, March 31st at 7:00pm. Follow the road up the hill towards the visitor’s center, and[...]
May
17
Wed
5:00 pm Let’s Talk Trees
Let’s Talk Trees
May 17 @ 5:00 pm
Let’s Talk Trees Everyone is invited to join Park Naturalist for a walk at the Lake Ogallala Modern Campground Wednesday, May 17 at 5:00 pm.  We will discuss the trees that grow around the lake[...]

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Lake McConaughy Activities -

Want to help the families affected by the March 19, 2017 wildfires at Lake McConaughy?  Learn more here.  

Take a Walk in the Park Day
Help celebrate national “Take a Walk in the Park Day” out at the Lake Ogallala Hike/Bike Trail Thursday, March 30th at 5:00 pm.  Bring your family and friends out for a walk along the lake trail with the park naturalist.  We will enjoy an evening stroll while we observe everything that Lake Ogallala has to offer.  Feel free to bring your camera, water, and walking shoes.  There will be binoculars available. Park permits are required.  For more information, contact Alison Bleich at alison.bleich@nebraska.gov or call (308) 284-8800.

Let’s Talk Trees
Everyone is invited to join Park Naturalist for a walk at the Lake Ogallala Modern Campground Wednesday,

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Winter Bird Watching -

Due to its incredible species diversity and location on cental flyways, Lake Mac is known as a birdwatching hotspot.  Bald eagles are among the lake area’s most notable winter stars, but there are many other winter visitors and permanent residents.   Winter visitant species include  purple finch, California gull, common redpoll, cedar waxwing, snow bunting  and ring-necked duck.   Year round avian residents include northern cardinal, American kestral, black-capped chickadee and downy woodpecker.  Check the Lake McConaughy Birding Trails Map and Bird Species Checklist to plan your birding trip.  Central Nebraska Public Power and Irrigation District provides a heated eagle viewing facility that is open weekends January 7 through early March.  Check our calendar for hours.

(photo credit:  California Gull by Joel Jorgansen,

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December Naturalist Programs -

The Lake Mac naturalist has more great events coming up this month.  For more information about any event, contact Alison Bleich at 308-284-8800 or at alison.bleich@nebraska.gov

Reindeer and Cocoa
Lake McConaughy Visitors Center
December 10th
1:00-3:00 pm
Oh deer! Join the park naturalist out at the lake for an afternoon of deer facts, hot cocoa, and crafting.
Learn a little more about about deer while we make reindeer holiday cards.
Hot cocoa and snacks will be provided.
No fee to attend. Registration required.
alison.bleich@nebraska.gov or 308-281-8800.

Winter Painting
Lake McConaughy Visitors Center
December 11th
2:00-4:30pm
Everyone is invited to the lake for a night of acrylic painting.

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Naturalist Programs at Lake Mac -

From bird walks and nature hikes to a butterfly info session and Coffee & Canvas nights, Lake McConaughy is now offering a variety of nature programs through resident naturalist Alison Bleich, shown in the photo with her sidekick Lorilai.   Bleich says, “I will be setting up events, activities and presentations that encourage the public to come out to the lake and enjoy outdoor education.  We want to continue to promote the lake and park as a great recreation and learning place.”

Bleich will also plan some events at Ash Hollow State Historical Park.

Check here or the ilovelakemac.com calendar for more information on upcoming events and activities.

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Things To Do With Kids This Summer Around Keith County -

The Front Street Crystal Palace Revue
Did you toss back a sarsaparilla and take your oath as an honorary Ogallala deputy as a kid? Now your kids can get sworn in, too. (They’ll still have to promise to change their underwear at least once a week!) A western Nebraska institution, the Crystal Palace Revue is in its 52nd season. Catch the gunfight and Old West show beginning at 7:15 pm Thursday through Saturday through June 25, Monday through Saturday June 27 – August 13, with 2:00 pm Sunday matinees June 19 & 26, July 3 & 31 and August 7. Call 308-284-6000 for reservations.

Mansion on the Hill Museum
What did a child’s bedroom look like in the 1890s?

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