2017 Education Calendar

 A) NGPC Outdoor Discovery Programs

We had a number of members of Nebraska Trout Unlimited assisting with the Flyfishing and Flycasting activities at the 2017 Outdoor Discovery Programs at both Platte River State Park and Ft. Kearny SRA.  We had the opportunity to introduce hundreds of kids (and several adults in Ft. Kearny) to flyfishing...perhaps some of them will be our future members.  Perhaps you can think about helping us in 2018 at one or more of the Outdoor Discovery events.  They are typically held around the State at several locations: Platte River State Park, Scottsbluff, Ponca State Park, and Ft. Kearney State Park.   For the events to be held far from your home, overnight accomodations can be made.  Just contact the Education Chair, Gene Kathol at for details or to volunteer.

B) NGPC Family Fishing Nights

There are numerous Family Fishing Events in 2017.  We still plenty of volunteers to join other Nebraska TU members in helping out at these free events – perfect for people of all ages and experience levels. Look for the NGPC Family Fishing trailer; we’ll have loaner rods and reels, bait and fishing instruction available.  

All events 6 – 8 p.m. unless otherwise indicated.

(Participants ages 16 and older will need a 2017 fishing license)

Watch for 2017 dates at fisheries like, Omaha Benson Park, Papillion Halleck Park, Lincoln Holmes Lake, Bowling Lake, Carp-O-Rama at Branched Oak SRA, etc.

TU members who are certified with the NGPC as Aquatic Education Instructors will be present at many of these events to teach the elements of fly casting.  Please think about joining them.  The dates and locations are posted under the Fishing tab at the link to Nebraska Game & Parks or visit to find us on Facebook to stay updated on additional events throughout the coming summer.

C) Trout in the Classroom Field Trips

The Trout in the Classroom Field Trips were a huge and growing success over the past few years and 2017 was no different.  We have introduced hundreds of kids from communities around the state to flyfishing and worked with the younger ones to help them catch fish with spinning gear.  With 50 schools now participating in TIC, we will continue to need many more volunteers for the 2018 season, as the program continues to grow.  Please consider becomming a Certified Aquatic Education Instructor and helping us (see below).  In the Eastern part of the state, the programs are held at Schramm State Park/Ak-sar-ben Aquarium.

D) Become a Youth Fishing Instructor

Certified Youth Fishing Instructors receive:

  • Training and tools to instruct fishing clinics
  • Opportunities to volunteer at events like Outdoor Expos and Family Fishing Nights
  • Access to fishing equipment & educational materials for your own events
  • Program participation incentives      

To become a Certified Youth Fishing Instructor, contact Larry Pape ( or 402-471- 5447) .  Once you are Certified, please notify the TU Chapter Education Chair, Gene Kathol ( or 402-290-4467) so we can add you to the Chapter list of Certified Youth Fishing Instructors.

Watch this web page for updates as more dates and events are added to the schedule.  For additional information use the LINKS on the HOME page of to visit the Nebraska Game & Parks Commission (NGPC) web site.