Missouri National Recreational River programs set for June

National Park Service staff at Missouri National Recreational River will offer a variety of ranger programs for the public at different locations throughout the corridor this summer. On Friday, June 10 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Lewis & Clark Visitor Center, participants will have the opportunity to learn about and see some of the items Lewis and Clark may have taken with them on their epic journey.  On Saturday, June 11 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. outside the Lewis & Clark Visitor Center come learn about some of the area�s common native plants and their traditional uses.

You will have the opportunity to touch, smell, and even taste during this hands-on program. On Sunday, June 12 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Lewis & Clark Visitor Center, come learn about our threatened, endangered, and invasive non-native plants and animals.

On Wednesday, June 15 at 10 a.m., rangers will present story time and a craft at the Crofton Library Summer Reading Program. On Thursday, June 16 at 1:30 p.m., rangers will present a program about Missouri National Recreational River and the National Park System at the Vermillion Library Summer Reading Program. Also on June 16 from 2-4 p.m. at Niobrara State Park, rangers will host a fishing program during which participants can learn about fishing regulations, tackle, bait, and how to identify local fish that live in the Missouri National Recreational River then try to catch some. Participants are encouraged to bring their own poles, if they have them, but we will also have some available to borrow.

On Friday, June 17 there will be three different programs offered at sites throughout the Missouri National Recreational River corridor: from 11 a.m.�1 p.m. at the Lewis & Clark Visitor Center there will be a Ranger�s Choice program; at 5:30 p.m. at Niobrara State Park, a ranger will present a program about threatened, endangered, and invasive non-native plants and animals; and at 7 p.m. at the North Point State Recreation Area

Campground Amphitheater, a ranger will present a program entitled �Free Land!� about the Homestead Act of 1862 and its effects on the settlement of America.

On Saturday, June 18, there will be three different programs offered at sites throughout the Missouri National Recreational River corridor: from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Lewis & Clark Visitor Center there will be a Ranger�s Choice program; from 1-4 p.m., rangers will present programs and hands-on activities as part of the annual Homestead Days celebration at Pierson Ranch State Park. Later that evening at Weigand State Recreation

Area, there will be a 7 p.m. program about Missouri National Recreational River and other National Park Service units in Nebraska and South Dakota.

On Sunday, June 19 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Lewis & Clark Visitor Center there will be a Ranger�s Choice program featuring hands-on activities, demonstrations, or a guided walk.  On Thursday, June 23 from 2-4 p.m., there will be a Junior Ranger Program and nature hike at Niobrara State Park.

On Friday, June 24 there will be three different programs offered at sites throughout the Missouri National Recreational River corridor: from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Lewis & Clark Visitor Center there will be Ranger�s Choice programs featuring hands-on activities, demonstrations, or a guided walk; and at 7 p.m. at Chief White Crane State Park, a ranger will offer a program about the rich history and legacy of steamboats on the Missouri River.

On Saturday, June 25 rangers will offer Junior Ranger Programs as part of the annual Missouri River Water Festival from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Lewis & Clark State Recreation Area. Later that evening at North Point State Recreation Area, there will be a 7 p.m. ranger program about the famous Lewis & Clark Corps of Discovery Expedition.

Throughout the year, downloadable Junior Ranger activity booklets are available on the park website at www.nps.gov/mnrr/forkids/beajuniorranger.htm. Pre-printed copies can be picked up at ranger programs and the Lewis & Clark Visitor Center at Gavins Point Dam. Kids are encouraged to complete these activities and earn their Junior Ranger badge and certificate. During the summer months, the National Park Service will also offer ranger-led Junior Ranger programs to help kids learn about Missouri National Recreational River.

All National Park Service programs are free. However, visitors attending those occurring at Nebraska and South Dakota State Parks must pay the park entrance fee. The National Park Service wishes everyone a safe, fun-filled summer, especially with the unprecedented high flow rates. A reminder that all boat ramps and recreational river access points are closed for safety until further notice. Please check road conditions for flood closures. For questions or more information, please visit our website at www.nps.gov/mnrr or contact the National Park Service at 605-665-0209.

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