Business Opportunity Available At Spring Creek Rec Area Proposals Due Jan. 31

PIERRE — According to the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP), entrepreneurs interested in operating Spring Creek Resort located at Spring Creek Recreation Area north of Pierre, South Dakota, can now begin submitting their proposals.

The prospectus for the operation of Spring Creek Resort is available online at The prospectus details the terms and conditions for a proposal submission, including information about the business opportunity and a draft concession agreement for a term of 10 years. Required services include cabin and lodge room rental, seasonal marina slips, restaurant management, retail goods, courtesy docks and on-the-water boat fuel.

Proposals are due Jan. 31, 2019.

Spring Creek Recreation Area is located approximately 15 miles north of Pierre on Lake Oahe.

Jan. 15 Workshop For Preschool Educators Will Link Science & Literature

LINCOLN, Neb. — Educators of preschool-aged children are invited to attend a free workshop in Norfolk on using literature books to teach science concepts.

The Birds and Books workshop, scheduled for Jan. 15 at the Elkhorn Valley Museum from 6-9 p.m., is specifically for formal and informal educators and day care providers of preschoolers.

This workshop uses birds as a lens of discovery. “Birds are easy to see and fun to watch, creating a fantastic opportunity to learn about science,” said workshop instructor Jamie Bachmann.

Workshop participants will investigate ways to use literature books to engage children in meaningful interdisciplinary lessons, connecting literature books with simple, long-term science investigations.

Educators will receive bird-related science-focused lessons, bird-related literature books, the Birds of Nebraska Field Guide and a bird feeder.

The workshop is put on by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission and Northern Prairies Land Trust. For more information or to register, contact Bachmann at

Learn Ice-Fishing At Two On-Ice Events In January

LINCOLN, Neb. — Anglers can learn the basics of ice-fishing or pick up a few new tips from experienced anglers at three free Family Ice-Fishing clinics in January.

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission’s Youth Fishing Program will host two on-ice events – Jan. 12 at Lincoln’s Holmes Lake from 1-4 p.m. and Jan. 20 at Kearney’s Fort Kearny State Recreation Area (SRA) Lake No. 6 from 8 a.m.-noon.

Six inches of clear ice must be available at each lake or the events will be canceled. Ice thickness will be determined by noon on Jan. 11 for the Lincoln event and by noon on Jan. 18 for the Fort Kearny clinic. The status of those events then will be posted on Game and Parks’ Facebook page or available by calling 402-471-0641.

On Jan. 19, the Nebraska Fish and Game Association will host a classroom clinic at Yanney Heritage Park’s Environmental Resource Center in Kearney from 1- 5 p.m. This clinic will feature presentations by some of Nebraska’s top ice fishermen. Seating is limited, so registration is requested by emailing

A park entry permit is required at Fort Kearny. All fishing regulations apply.

Jan. 29 Workshop For Early Childhood Educators To Focus On Insects

LINCOLN, Neb. — Early childhood educators interested in incorporating insects into a classroom or after-school program are invited to a free workshop Jan. 29 in Norfolk.

Participants will receive a curriculum guide, information on hands-on supplemental activities and background knowledge on basic insect anatomy and lifecycles. Educators will also learn how to catch and care for classroom touchable insects.

The free event, hosted by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission and Northern Prairies Land Trust, is scheduled for 6-9 p.m. at the Elkhorn Valley Museum, 515 Queen City Blvd. Free door prizes will be offered. Both formal and informal early childhood educators are welcome.

For more information or to register, contact Jamie Bachmann at

Learn Prescribed Fire Basics At Workshops Across Nebraska

LINCOLN, Neb. — Learn the basics of safe, effective burning when Pheasants Forever and the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission host prescribed burn training workshops across the state early in 2019.

These workshops will provide guidance and instruction for completing safe and effective prescribed fires. Landowners, resource professionals, volunteer fire departments and other interested persons are invited to attend. No prior burn experience is required. Most workshops are scheduled for 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Advanced topics will be covered at workshops that will be held Jan. 9 in Broken Bow, Jan. 10 in Curtis, Jan. 16 in Stockville, Jan. 23 in Niobrara, Jan. 30 in Imperial, and in March or April in Wahoo.

To register, visit and then click on Events, or call 308-850-8395.

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