In the Wild with Greg Wagner


This past weekend our 22 year-old Son Zach graduated from college with his Bachelor’ of Arts degree ( double major in Political Science and Spanish). We are so, so proud of him! He’s back at home in Omaha now. Soon he begins his summer job waiting tables at the Bass Pro Shops restaurant in Council Bluffs, IA (he has been working there each summer since the place opened and loves it!). If you get over that way, be sure to stop and say “hey” to him. Then, come this fall for Zach, it’s off to grad school to pursue his Master’s degree in Political Science at U.N.O. (University of Nebraska-Omaha). But, don’t worry, we plan on spending as much time as possible outside this summer – fishing, swimming, canoeing, target shooting with rifles, etc.    

Me and our oldest son Zach after graduation at Central College in Pella, IA.

Gosh, I have to confess, with Zach’s graduation from college, it seems that our kids are growing up so fast! Wasn’t it just yesterday when we were at scenic, historic Fort Robinson State Park emjoying one of our many Nebraska family vacations? Sheez … See the pic below. Zach is standing.  


Here’s a link for you to acquire state park information for your own family vacation: 

We – the Wagner’s – like you, I’m sure, have extremely busy lives. Keeping that in mind, my primary message to those of you with young people in your family is a  simple one:  Set aside whatever time you and they can to spend it together in the great outdoors! The best uninterrupted conversations you will have with them, will be there, trust me, I know! Perhaps you’ll be wetting some lines together as Zach and I have done on countless occasions.  

The other outdoor message that I have for you would be this: Instill in your young folks an adventurous, caring spirit – to have the willingness to try new and different outdoor activities in unique natural places, and to develop a tremendous appreciation for these places and all things that live there. It is my firm belief, that as this generation (Gen X)  grows older, they will be proper stewards of these unique natural places and all things that live there if they have had the chance to experience them!     

Zach returning from a long, all-day hike in the beautiful grasslands of Cherry County, NE.

Zach and sister Emma on a fun paddle boat ride on a pond in northeastern Nebraska.

Zach and little brother Noah with their survival shelter along the banks of the East Verdigre Creek.

We’ll see you out there, discovering the wonders of Nebraska’s great outdoors and having a memorable chat with your youth!

Zach and I talk while surveying a pond to fish.


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AMEN, Greg!

Congratulations Zach (and Mom and Dad)!

Daryl B.

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Comment by KOOP

Congrats to Zach (and Mom and Dad)!! Great achievement.

Restaurant inside Bass Pro, is one of my all time favorite places to eat. We will be sure to look for him when there. Although we usually sit in Cliffetta or Cristina’s area as they both know us well from going there.

Comment by Karen

Congrats to the Wags Family! I feel your pain!

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