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This Week at MNRR

There's always something happening on the river,
but these ranger programs will help bring you even closer to the nature, history, and fun to be found here!

 

Fur Trader to Visit Territorial Capitol

This week, July 21 through 25, Missouri National Recreational River will present "Pelts & Profits", an exhibit on the 1850s fur trade, at the Dakota Territorial Capitol replica in Yankton's Riverside Park. A buffalo robe is the conference table for this display of goods offered to the Plains Tribes in the mid-1800s and some of the furs they traded. Discover a unique era in American history, a time when two very different cultures shared peaceful commerce. On Monday and Tuesday a fur trader from the 1850s will be present at 11:00 and 1:00 to teach kids sign language and make trades.

National Park Service rangers and volunteers will staff the capitol replica most weekdays through August 22, offering a different special exhibit and kids' program each week

Thursday, July 24
10:00 am
Lake Yankton east boat ramp

Canoeing 101

Discover a new way to experience your Wild & Scenic Missouri River. National Park Rangers and South Dakota State Park naturalists talk about canoeing basics and safety and teach you the six basic paddle strokes you need to control a canoe. Then join the rangers on Lake Yankton to practice what you've learned. 2 hour program for ages 12 to adult. For reservations contact Lewis & Clark State Recreation Area at 605-668-2985

Friday, July 25

2:30 pm
Lake Yankton east boat ramp

Canoeing 101

A repeat offering of Thursday's program (above).

7:00 pm
Chief White Crane campground amphitheater

The Lion, The Train, and the Texan: Stories of Theodore Roosevelt, Lyndon B. Johnson, and the Great Northern Railway

From the tall tales of Teddy Roosevelt to the romance of train travel, the story of the Missouri National Recreational River is that of those who chose to protect it. Come indulge in the colorful chronicles of the Presidential enlightenments and river raft revivals that saved the Missouri.

Saturday, July 26
10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Ponca State Park

"Characters and Culture: the Missouri River after Lewis & Clark"
Outlaws, presidents, steamboaters, dam builders and many more interesting and colorful characters made their contributions to the two centuries after the famous expedition. Rangers will be offering programs and activities introducing these historic characters to the whole family, including "Outlaws & Lawmen", "Presidential Paddles", the Missouri River stream table and a quiz wheel with prizes. A steamboat officer from 1877 will tell stories of life on the Missouri.

Sunday, July 27
10:00am to noon

Lewis & Clark Visitor Center at Gavins Point Dam

"Native Plants, Native Uses"
The forest and prairie were the pantry and medicine chest of the American Indians and early settlers. National Park Rangers show samples and pictures of native plants and reveal how they were used for food, medicine, and ceremonial purposes..

 
 

Lewis & Clark Week at Territorial Capitol

This week, July 28 to August 1, Missouri National Recreational River will present a special Lewis & Clark exhibit at the Dakota Territorial Capitol replica in Yankton's Riverside Park. National Park Rangers will display replicas of equipment used by the expedition and explain their use and how they contributed to the success of the mission. Kids can discover what was necessary for the expedition by helping with Capt. Lewis' shopping lists.

National Park Service rangers and volunteers will staff the capitol replica most weekdays through August 22, offering a different special exhibit and kids' program each week.

Friday, August 1

7:00 pm
Pierson Ranch Campground Amphitheater

"Native Plants, Native Uses"
The forest and prairie were the pantry and medicine chest of the American Indians and early settlers. A National Park Ranger shows samples and pictures of native plants and reveals how they were used for food, medicine, and ceremonial purposes.

Saturday, August 2
10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Niobrara State Park
"Discover the Real Missouri River"
The Missouri National Recreational River Mobile Ranger Station will be set up in front of the Education and Resources Center for visitors to explore. In addition, rangers will offer demonstrations and activities including the Missouri River stream table, a soundscape hike, and "Frogs and Other Friends", a program on local amphibians. Kids can earn a Junior Ranger patch by completing activities. The program is free; state park admission fees apply.

Sunday, August 3
10:00am to noon

Lewis & Clark Visitor Center at Gavins Point Dam

"Night Bird!"
Discover the wonder of owls and their nighttime world. Dissect an owl pellet to find out what these silent hunters have been eating.

 

Animals & Ecosystems at Territorial Capitol

This week, August 4-8, Missouri National Recreational River offers a program that explores the role that certain animals play in the Missouri River ecosystems. Learn about native, endangered, and invasive species. Kids can explore three different ecosystems and learn about the river's food chain by playing the picture games "Where's My Habitat?" and "Who Eats Who?"

National Park Service rangers and volunteers will staff the capitol replica most weekdays through August 22, offering a different special exhibit and kids' program each week.

Thursday, August 7

12:00 Noon
Lake Yankton east boat ramp

Canoeing 101

Discover a new way to experience your Wild & Scenic Missouri River. National Park Rangers and South Dakota State Park naturalists talk about canoeing basics and safety and teach you the six basic paddle strokes you need to control a canoe. Then join the rangers on Lake Yankton to practice what you've learned. 2 hour program for ages 12 to adult. For reservations contact Lewis & Clark State Recreation Area at 605-668-2985

Friday, August 8

12:00 Noon
Lake Yankton east boat ramp

Canoeing 101

A repeat offering of Thursday's program (above).

7:00 pm
Niobrara State Park – RV Campground

TBA


Saturday, August 9
10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Ponca State Park
"Discover the Real Missouri River"

The Missouri National Recreational River Mobile Ranger Station will be set up in front of the Education and Resources Center for visitors to explore. In addition, rangers will offer demonstrations and activities including the Missouri River stream table, a soundscape hike, and "Frogs and Other Friends", a program on local amphibians. Kids can earn a Junior Ranger patch by completing activities. The program is free; state park admission fees apply.

Sunday, August 10
10:00am to noon

Lewis & Clark Visitor Center at Gavins Point Dam

"Ranger's Choice"A historic character reenactment? A kids' craft? Plants and animals? Come to the visitor center and see what surprise the ranger brings for you!

Did You Know?

American Bald Eagle

Missouri National Recreational River supports several threatened and endangered species, including the endangered pallid sturgeon and interior least tern, and the threatened piping plover and the recently delisted Bald Eagle. More...