• Cub Creek winds through the woodland at Hometstead National Monument of America.

    Homestead

    National Monument of America Nebraska

For Kids

KIDS: Collect all Civil War to Civil Rights NPS Trading Cards!

 
Junior Ranger

Become a Junior Ranger at Homestead! Learn more about the program and how to get your Junior Ranger booklet.

*NEW FEATURE: Hey Homestead Junior Rangers! Click here to upload your picture and print out a personalized certificate!

 
Web Ranger

Enter the Homestead WebRanger Activities Good luck WebRangers and have fun taking part in Homestead's online games and activities!

Check out the Wildflower Coloring Book! [845 kb] Learn fascinating facts about some of the Monument's most colorful native plants while demonstrating your artistic side.

 
4-H CLOVER

Homestead 4-H Connections : A special partnership with 4-H for the Gage County Fair!

 

Try these dot-to-dot activities to discover some things important to homesteading history.

 
Every year, Homestead National Monument rangers and volunteers visit local schools to read to students. Our reading list includes books that teach about homestead history and the tallgrass prairie.
 

When visiting Homestead National Monument of America children may want to explore the Palmer-Epard Cabin or visit the Freeman School.

Homesteaders in some areas were able to build log cabins like the Palmer-Epard Cabin. However, in many areas trees were not available for constructing log cabins so homesteaders lived in dugouts and sod houses. Visit the Library of Congress to learn more about dugouts and sod houses. For kids there is an interesting "sod house" game at this Smithsonian website.

 

Did You Know?

Palmer-Epard Cabin

Under the Homestead Act, 270 million acres of land, or 10% of the nation, was given away. The only monetary payment for each 160 acre claim was an $18 filing fee. More...