National Park Service programs scheduled May 25-27

Missouri National Recreational River, Southeast South Dakota’s and Northeast Nebraska’s only National Park will open the 2013 season with the following ranger programs this weekend:

 

Saturday May 25
Lewis & Clark Visitor Center at Gavins Point Dam
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
“Tokens of Friendship?”  – For Junior Rangers.  Peace medals were an important part of negotiations and treaties with American Indians, including Lewis & Clark’s contacts.  A National Park Ranger reveals their mixed meanings while you make your own decorated peace medal.

 

Sunday, May 26
Lewis & Clark Visitor Center at Gavins Point Dam
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
“River Wheel.”  Discover America’s greatest river as you spin the wheel, answer questions about the Missouri River and win a prize.

 

Fort Randall Historic Site west of Pickstown, SD – 1:30 p.m.
“Fort Randall: Citadel on the Missouri.”  Following the 1 p.m. Fort Randall reenactment and cannon firing, National Park Rangers will lead a tour of the fort site and reveal its history through the experiences of some of the residents of this outpost, a key link in the chain of forts surrounding the Lakota people.

 

Monday, May 27
Lewis & Clark Visitor Center at Gavins Point Dam
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
“Free Land!”  The Homestead Act gave away millions of acres of land, but was it really free?  Experience a taste of life on the prairie and learn the true cost of “free” land in this ranger-staffed exhibit of typical homesteader goods and building materials.

 

 

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