NPS plans programs for June 15-17 in area

Missouri National Recreational River, Southeast South Dakota's and Northeast Nebraska's hometown national park, will present the following programs this weekend:

Friday, June 15

8 p.m., Burbach Picnic Shelter, Lewis & Clark Lake State Recreation Area, Nebraska.

"Where's the Park?" It's South Dakotans versus Nebraskans as visitors test and expand their knowledge of America's special places through a hands-on game and an engaging presentation.

Saturday, June 16

11 a.m.-1 p.m., Lewis & Clark Visitor Center at Gavins Point Dam – "Disappearing: Trick or Tragedy?" Why are certain native Missouri River species in danger of extinction? What is being done to prevent their demise and what can we all do to help their recovery? A National Park Ranger answers these questions and shows why these species are important to the river ecosystem.

1-4 p.m., Pierson Ranch picnic shelter – National Park Rangers join South Dakota state park naturalists and local reenactors for "Homestead Days". Experience a taste of life in the days of free land. Rangers will exhibit replicas and actual items from the 1800s and help kids make their own pioneer-era game.

2 p.m., Niobrara State Park, Nebraska – "Walk With a Ranger" A National Park Ranger leads visitors on a hike along the bluffs and bottoms overlooking the Missouri River in this scenic state park and reveals the wild nature of the river and the stories of those who followed it.

7 p.m., Midway Amphitheater, Lewis & Clark State Recreation Area, SD – "Pelts & Profits" The Missouri River was the highway of the fur trade, connecting the Plains Tribes to the manufactured goods of the world. A trader of the 1850s shows samples of the goods available and gives kids the opportunity to make a deal in Plains Sign language.

7 p.m., Niobrara State Park, Nebraska, cookout shelter – "Let Me Go Home!" He was just a Nebraska farmer who wanted to return to his homeland, but Chief Standing Bear found himself in the middle of a precedent-setting federal court case. Follow the Ponca Tribe's trail of tears and relive the courtroom drama that followed. Program begins after the 6 p.m. buffalo cookout.

Sunday, June 17

11 a.m.-1 p.m., Lewis & Clark Visitor Center at Gavins Point Dam – "Alien Invasion" Plants and animals from other parts of the world are trying to take over! Learn how to identify them, what threats they pose and what you can do to help control them.

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