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LINCOLN – A pilot program is providing Nebraska women the opportunity to purchase subscription boxes designed to help them develop and expand their outdoor skills, according to a press release.

The program is run by the Becoming an Outdoors-Woman and Women in the Outdoors as well as the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission; Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism; and Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

Each subscription box, which will include gear, educational resources, field guides and more, can be purchased for $50. No long-term commitment is required. Participants pay only for the boxes they want to receive.

Box themes will change seasonally. The first box, for September, will highlight pheasant hunting. It will contain game shears, a fillet knife, blaze orange hat, shotgun cleaning kit and pheasant recipes. The items will be accompanied by a learning objective. Subscribers will have access to online webinars that teach skills using the tools in the box. Each quarter, a box will feature a new outdoor skill to learn.

Orders for the September box are being accepted through Aug. 14 at The October box will feature birding. Future boxes will highlight outdoor cooking, pollinators and fishing.

“We hope the purchase of these boxes will result in ladies learning a new outdoor skill, even if we can’t get together for formal in-person events because of COVID-19,” said Julia Plugge, Game and Parks outdoor education specialist. “Down the road, we hope these subscribers will purchase licenses, join outdoor-related organizations and attend events when the conditions are appropriate.”

For more information, contact Plugge at or 402-471-6009.

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