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    National Monument of America Nebraska

Prairie Appreciation Week

Help with a Deer Survey Saturday, 9/28

Homestead National Monument of America will conduct its annual fall deer survey on Saturday, September 28, 2013 at 9:30 a.m. Please come and help the monument staff count deer! No experience is needed; just show up at the Homestead Education Center at 9:30 a.m. Dress for the weather and for hiking. For those who can't or don't want to walk 3/4 miles through the prairie, people are needed to watch monument boundaries and count deer as they exit. The survey will be completed by 12 p.m. This is a great way to get all of the animals moving and to see the diversity of creatures that inhabit the prairie and woodland.

Dust Bowl Program Sunday, 9/29

In honor of Public Lands Day and Prairie Appreciation Week, Homestead Historian Blake Bell will give a program about the Dust Bowl on Sunday, September 29 at 2 p.m. Learn about the historic and environmental conditions surrounding this event.

Seed Harvest Saturday, 10/5

Meet at the education center to get out and explore the tallgrass prairie!

At 9:30 a.m., help staff collect prairie seed to be used in future restoration and maintenance. You can also go on a prairie walk at 2 p.m. with Homestead Resource Manager Jesse Bolli. What better way to celebrate Prairie Appreciation Week?

Hedge Apple Festival Sunday, 10/6

How much fun can you have with hedge apples? Join park rangers at the Heritage Center on Sunday, October 6 from 2-4 p.m. to have some free, family fun with this historic tree-fruit. Come participate in a hedge apple craft contest! Play in the Hedge Apple "Olympics," a series of fun games near the Palmer-Epard Cabin and hedgerow, including a hedge apple throw, hedge apple on a spoon race, and hedge apple bowling! Prizes will be given to all participants.

Did You Know?

Morning sun through trees

The Homestead Act of 1862 changed the world with its offer of free land. Millions of people immigrated to America seeking their fortune, shifting populations along with the power of governments.