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Summer's not over yet: Lots of fun things to do in August at Nebraska's parks

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Living History

Living History Weekend at Fort Atkinson State Historical Park in Fort Calhoun, scheduled for Aug. 6 and 7, provides visitors with various experiences that evoke the past.

During August, a variety of events are planned at Nebraska’s state parks for those interested in history, conservation, nature or just having a good time. Several examples:

Merritt Reservoir State Recreation Area, Spectacular Stars, Magnificent Moths Nocturnal Insects, Aug. 4: Uncover the fantastic world of nighttime insects at the park southwest of Valentine. The program starts at 3 p.m., with moth lighting beginning at 8:30 p.m. Meet at the Snake River Shelter.

Wildcat Hillls

A night sky viewing event is planned for Aug. 27 at Wildcat Hills State Recreation Area south of Gering.

Wildcat Hills State Recreation Area, night sky, Aug. 27: Bring a blanket for the event, which starts at 8:30 p.m. Mountain time at the park south of Gering. Visitors can explore constellations, mythology and much more. They will have an opportunity to watch the Perseids meteor shower, one of the best meteor showers of the year.

Arbor Lodge, history of dolls: Special doll collections will be on display throughout the mansion in Nebraska City from Aug. 5 to 31. A doll tea party is scheduled for Aug. 14 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bring a favorite doll or stuffed animal. Tickets are $20. Call 402-873-7222 for more information.

Platte River State Park, 40th Anniversary Run: Come celebrate the 40th anniversary of the park near Louisville with a fun, scenic 1- or 3-mile trail run Aug. 13. Runners will traverse the park’s challenging, beautiful trails. After the race, runners are encouraged to stay and explore the park. Go to to register before July 30.

Eugene T. Mahoney State Park, stargazing: Powerful telescopes will be set up at the park’s golf shack from 9-11:30 p.m. on Aug. 19 so visitors may get a glimpse of the night sky. Stargazing will begin at dusk. Remember to bring camp chairs or blankets.

Arbor Lodge, Mystery at the Mansion: Come to the park Aug. 13 for an evening of fun with Mystery at the Mansion: Clueless Murder. This old-fashioned whodunit will take place at the mansion at at 6 p.m. Solve clues, look for evidence, and break the case while mingling with new friends. Participants will receive a character to portray as they arrive at Arbor Lodge Mansion. Cost is $25. Go to

Fort Atkinson, Living History Weekend: Step back in time from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Aug. 6 and 7 at the park. Activities will include a historical military production, mountain man camp, blacksmithing, tinsmithing, spinning/weaving, coopering and more.

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Marjie is a writer for The World-Herald’s special sections and specialty publications, including Inspired Living Omaha, Wedding Essentials and Momaha Magazine. Follow her on Twitter @mduceyOWH. Phone: 402-444-1034.

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