Ak-Sar-Ben Aquarium will host a presentation on Nebraska vacation hot spots April 20. Nebraska Game and Parks Commission public information officer Greg Wagner will present the free program from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Outdoor Education Center.
The Ak-Sar-Ben Aquarium is located south of Gretna in Schramm Park State Recreation Area. Call the aquarium at 402-332-3901 for more information.
High school fishing tourney
The Nebraska high school fishing tournament is July 27 at Harlan County Reservoir near Alma.
This third annual event is open to students in grades 9 to 12 at least age 16 and who have a valid Nebraska fishing permit.
Competition will be in teams, with each team having two anglers and a coach-boat operator.
For more information and instructions on how to register, visit http://fishingnebraska.wordpress.com/ or call Pape at 402-471-5447.
Outdoor cooking camp
Ponca State Park hosts an outdoor cooking camp May 3 to 5.
Courses include campfire cooking, wild game sausage making, smoking meat and backyard barbecue, grilling techniques, fish preparation, canning venison, jerky making and dehydration, making strawberry preserves and Dutch oven cooking. Nature-inspired programs for youths run concurrent with adult courses and include campfire cooking and safety, food art and wild edibles hike.
The workshop is $50 for adults and $35 for children 12 and under. Registration deadline is April 22. For more information or to request a registration form, contact the park at 402-755-2284 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Iowa boat registration changes
Iowans will be registering about 235,000 boats between now and April 30 using a new system that has a new look and includes registration information, title and decals on one document. Boat owners should bring their current registration when they renew as the new system requires additional information, much of which is on the current registration including make, model, model year, hull identification number, boat length, width and more.
Boat registrations are handled by Iowa’s county recorders in the county where the individual resides. Nonresidents who register their boat in Iowa will go to the county where the boat is primarily used.
Owners who purchased a boat from a private seller and is registering it in their name should bring the signed registration and to make sure the title is signed over to them, if applicable.
“Our recorders are familiar with the new system so the registration process should go smoothly, provided owners bring their current registration with them,” said Susan Stocker, boating law administrator and education coordinator for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.
Boat registrations are good for three years. The fees go to support water trails, navigation enforcement, aquatic invasive species, boater education and safety, and for the new registration system.
>> Lower Platte Archery weekly 3D shoot, 6 p.m. Wednesdays through Aug. 21, Larry Elston Archery Range at Schramm Park. Membership information, 402-669-0425 or 402-690-5814.
>> Growing Up WILD: Exploring Nature with Young Children, Lincoln Children’s Museum, 1420 P St., Lincoln, email@example.com
>> Fly-tying round table at Cabelas in La Vista, 6 to 7:45 p.m.
>> Shotgun season opens for spring turkey hunting
>> Living history, Fort Hartsuff State Historical Park (SHP), Burwell, 308-346-4715
>> Pheasants Forever banquet in Oshkosh. See www.NebraskaPF.com
>> Omaha Hiking Club event at Preparation Canyon State Park, 10 a.m., five miles.
>> Light Goose Conservation Order ends in zones 1 and 3
>> Training for apprentice firearm hunter education instructors, 6 to 9 p.m., Lincoln Park Fire Station, 1145 S. Hastings Ave., Hastings, Neb. Register by April 12 at 402-471-6134 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
>> Application period begins for multi-species Super Tag lottery permit