March 18, 2014

The Ultimate Nebraska Adventure This Summer

Maybe you don’t have the time to sit down and think of a whole Nebraska bucket list like the one I did yesterday.

No biggie.

Turns out, others have made a check list for you this year.

Great Park Pursuit

First up is the Great Park Pursuit – A Nebraska Outdoor Adventure. Get the rules here.Great Park Pursuit

Basically, you get a team together (AKA, your family). You pick a park. You print the Park Page and take it with you. Following some clues, you find the GPP post in the park and then put your Park Page over the post and make a tracing of the impression (so you’ll want to bring a crayon or pencil – and being a mom, I’m pretty sure I already have one of those in my purse).

It begins May 1. Send all of your completed nature impressions in by Sept. 17 in order to be entered in for the prize drawings.

This would be a load of fun to do with kids – maybe combine it with some camping or hiking?

Nebraska Passport Program

PrintThe Nebraska Tourism Commission recently the 80 stops in the 2014 Nebraska Passport Program. This one goes beyond parks and into towns, businesses and – a little mom and dad high five here – breweries.

The gist of this great hunt is that you go to the participating attractions, collect stamps and then you earn prizes. This year, they divided the 80 stops into 10 themed tours: Sips and Suds, Patchwork Passion, Rare Finds, Home Grown Nebraska, Fork in the Road, Hit the Snooze, Without Walls, Stars and Stripes, How We Move and Can’t Get Enough.

Now this could be a fun family activity all summer long, or I could see it as a great list to check off with your mate. I’m particularly eyeing the Sips & Suds list as something I could see me and Mr. Wonderful taking care of without the kids (of the breweries and wineries listed, we’ve only been to one so it’s almost all new to me).

This fun program runs from May 1 through Sept. 30. For each completed tour, participants win a Nebraska Passport T-shirt. Travelers also can receive 20 $1 Nebraska Lottery Scratch coupons (for 20 stamps) and a digital picture frame (for 40 stamps) and a Pebble Smartwatch (for all 80 stamps). The grand prize is a TV. If you turn in a passport with at least one stamp (and you’re 19 or older), you qualify for a drawing for 300 $1 Nebraska Lottery Scratch tickets.

Passports will be available at participating stops in May or can be pre-ordered by emailing

Combine Them For The Ultimate Nebraska Summer?

Lucky me, some destinations on my bucket list are part of these two programs, or near them. If I were a planning woman – and I am – I could see checking off several stops from both the  Great Park Pursuit and Nebraska Passport Program in one outing.

Your Turn: Do you plan on doing either of these programs this summer? Where do you want to go?

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