Staff COVID-19 Update

March 30, 2020

Hi all,

We hope you are all doing well. Administration is continuing to monitor the COVID-19 situation and how it is affecting our staff and customers. With many of you working remotely, please reach out to your manager if you need any assistance.

The state is making daily announcements with regard to aid available to local business, resources for those needing to file for unemployment benefits specifically related to COVID-19, and the continuation of a 10-person limit in any public building/gathering in one area to create social distancing.

We continue to encourage each of you that can work from home, or work remotely, to do so. We greatly appreciate the efforts of all staff and volunteers providing services, delivering supplies, and taking care of one another across the state in so many ways.

As you may have seen today in a news release in a continued, proactive effort to prevent the potential for spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), we are temporarily closing state park and recreation area playgrounds and play structures beginning today (March 30).

The closures are in keeping with national recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which encourages maintaining physical distance’ and limiting in-person social interactions.

Game and Parks will continue to keep open state park and recreation areas grounds and trails, which provide adequate room for proper physical distancing for the health and safety of the public. These recreation areas also offer opportunities to hike and fish while maintaining 6-foot distance between healthy guests. Parks permits can be purchased online at and our staff is mailing them out daily.

Today, Governor Ricketts stated that we can expect the current health situation to continue well into the month of April. He reminded us that we need to keep our most vulnerable Nebraskans healthy and safe. We all need to practice good social distancing, limit groups of people, stay home if you are sick, and practice good personal hygiene. Please keep these important reminders in mind.

For the most up-to-date information on closures and event cancellations or postponements, visit

Thank you for all you are doing.

Nebraska Game & Parks Commission

Strategic Education Plan

Adopted at the January Commission Meeting, the new Strategic Education Plan is a 5-year plan that provides six goals for advancing and coordinating education initiatives across the entire agency. The plan, developed through a team of administrators and agency educators, highlights the amazing education programs currently taking place and details work that will grow and synchronize education.

The Plan focuses on each kinds of education our agency provides – natural resources or ecological education, cultural and historical education, outdoor recreation and skills education. Much of the plan is dedicated to evaluating the current education programs, assessing the changing demographics of the state and determining what our constituents want from the Commission when it comes to education. We believe that before we embark on new programs, we must first determine what our constituents demand and need.

Our goal is to develop and sustain a leadership role in ecological, cultural and outdoor recreation education in Nebraska ensuring our diverse communities have an appreciation and knowledge of our state’s natural and cultural resources resulting in greater understanding, support for and participation in conservation and outdoor recreation.

View the ‘Focus on Education’ Strategic Plan

It's Time to Take 'em Hunting

Have you heard about our new Take ’em Hunting Challenge?

This fun promotion encourages experienced hunters to take a pledge to go hunting with someone who either has never hunted before or who hasn’t hunted in several years. Hunters who take a photo of themselves taking someone hunting can enter an online drawing for dozens of prizes (NGPC employees are not eligible).

Here’s where you can help. Tell your friends and family about it. Spread it on social media outlets. Most importantly, participate!

Whether you are a seasoned hunter or a novice, the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is working on details that could allow you to be paired with a co-worker to participate in this challenge.

Hunting is fun, and hunters enjoy sharing their knowledge and passion with others – especially people they work with at Game and Parks.

Record your hunting adventures here.

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