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    Homestead

    National Monument of America Nebraska

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Date: June 29, 2013

National Park Service News Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – June 29, 2013

Merrith Baughman 402-223-3514

The Nature Detectives Return to Homestead National Monument

Children of all ages and their families are invited to investigate nature with Park Rangers at Homestead National Monument of America on Saturdays in July and Saturday, August 3, from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. All programs begin at the park's Education Center.These programs are FREE of charge; reservations are not necessary and there is no charge to enter the park.Nature Detectives will be sleuthing outdoors so please dress appropriately for the weather.Sunscreen and closed toe shoes are encouraged.Program length is subject to weather conditions.

July 6thPrairie P.I.   Prowl the tallgrass prairie with the Park Rangers. Look

(Plant Investigator)very closely at the plant life and learn tips along the way

about identifying plants.

July 13thSky Spy   Observe along the trails our feathered friends of all shapes,

sizes and behaviors.Learn to use these clues to figure out what families these birds belong to.

July 20stX-stream Surveillance   Ever wonder what's living in the mud in Cub Creek?Park

Rangers will bring the creek to you so you can find out! Learn how these creek critters can indicate the health of creeks and ponds.

July 27thInsect Investigators   Calling all bug hunters!Your help is needed to

discover the smallest of inhabitants in the tallgrass prairie.Plan on catch-releasing all kinds of insects in this fun insect study.

August 3rdSherlock Homes   Investigate clues left by the hidden wildlife that surrounds

us.Nature Detectives' keen eyes are needed to locate tracks, trails, animal homes and much more.

Schedule FREE Kids in Parks Nature Detective program for your special group!

Remember, Homestead National Monument of America has an exciting schedule of events planned for 2013. Keep up with the latest information by following us on Twitter (HomesteadNM) and Facebook (Homestead National Monument of America).

Homestead National Monument of America is a unit of the National Park Service located four miles west of Beatrice, Nebraska. Hours of operation are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free of charge. For additional information, please call 402-223-3514 or visit http://www.nps.gov/home/index.htm.

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Did You Know?

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To "Prove up" a homestead, the owner was required to make improvements including building a home, breaking the soil, and planting a crop for 5 years.